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December 14, 2018

'DWTS' won't air next spring, and fans demand to 'fix the voting' after controversial finale

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"DWTS" fans are shocked by ABC's decision to cancel the show's Spring 2019 season.

ABC has announced that "Dancing With The Stars" will not air a Spring 2019 season, revealed TV Line on December 12, 2018.

The show's host Tom Bergeron confirmed the news and assured fans that "DWTS" would be back in September for the Fall season of 2019.

"As predicted, we’ll see you in September, and we’ll make sure it’s worth the wait!" 

Tom Bergeron, Twitter/TomBergeron, December 12, 2018.

CANCELLATION FOLLOWS A CONTROVERSIAL SEASON

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Following a controversial season in which the best-ranked pairs were eliminated, fans clamored for a change in the voting system and a return to the show's old format.

The 2018 Mirrorball was awarded to country radio DJ Bobby Bones and his partner, dance pro Sharna Burgess, who had scored much lower than his three fellow finalists throughout the season.

The win was a much-contested decision that flooded social media with negative comments.

"You have to think about it, [when] we started the show, I had never danced before! She [Burgess] got stuck with someone -- she's done [the show with] athletes and people that are, like, super, she got Nick Carter and Antonio Brown -- and then all of a sudden she gets Gumby. I cannot believe we won."

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Bobby Bones

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A POPULARITY CONTEST, NOT A DANCE COMPETITION

Angry viewers have threatened to stop watching the dance show. They feel cheated and believe that the series had become a popularity contest instead of a dance competition. A view shared by actor Neil Patrick Harris who publicly complained about the outcome. His tweet was answered by Bones with an emphatic "I love you."

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Bones was surprised by his win, and admitted he didn't think the "judges wanted him to win."

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BONES ADMITS HE WAS NOT THE BEST DANCER

Bones was surprised by his win, and admitted he didn't think the "judges wanted him to win." The radio DJ had never danced before, and unlike his fellow contestants, had no training as a dancer:

"This is probably the sweetest win that I could have had over seven [years]. The journey that we had together, what we represented, and to hold a mirrorball trophy at the end of that, it's beautiful."

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Bones attributed all the merit to Sharna Burgess. It was Burgess' first win after 12 seasons competing on "DWTS" 

"This is probably the sweetest win that I could have had over seven [years]. The journey that we had together, what we represented, and to hold a mirrorball trophy at the end of that, it's beautiful."

Sharna Burgess

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MAGIC MOMENT ON "DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIOR"

This seasons "Dancing With The Stars: Junior" offered viewers an incredible experience, as Stevie Wonder stepped out onto the stage to serenade his son, contestant Mandla Morris.

Mandla danced the foxtrot with his pro dance partner Brightyn Brems to the sound of his famous father's live performance of one of his greatest hits, "Isn't She Lovely."

"Isn't She Lovely?" is one of Wonder's greatest hits, and was written when his first daughter Aisha Morris was born. Aisha, 43, stepped out at the end of the performance to join her father and half-brother on the stage.

Adam Rippon praised Mandla and Brightyn´s performance, telling him he admired his poise while dancing for his world-famous father, and admitted he would not have been so calm.

Rippon felt that the foxtrot was the team's best performance yet, and the duo scored 27 points out of a possible 30.

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