It’s official: Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews has been chosen by ABC as the replacement Dancing With the Stars co-host after Brooke Burke-Charvet was fired by the show’s executive producer. She will, however, still continue to be a sports reporter for Fox, as well as being Tom Bergeron’s co-host. Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars will premiere this March 17.
Like Brooke Burke-Chavet, Erin Andrews competed on Dancing With the Stars (2010), but unlike Burke-Chavet, who won, Andrews –along with her pro dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy — finished in third place.
Erin Andrews was the sports reporter who, during the NFL Playoffs, sparked a post-game meltdown from Richard Sherman of the winning Seattle Seahawks about how he compared in the league-wide rankings to San Francisco 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree. Though she will be the co-host on Dancing With the Stars, Andrews’ top priority will be to continue being a sports reporter for Fox.
Burke-Chavet had been the co-host of Dancing With the Stars for seven seasons. Though she said in a statement that she “understood the decision” being fired still was a “shocking elimination” to her, one that was apparently a surprise.
Dancing With the Stars has been experiencing a decline in viewership and last season had the lowest-rated finale the show has ever had before. The show has made a few attempts to get revamped and attract some of its old viewers back, none of which has yet proven to be very successful. So far, the exact reason for why Burke-Chavet was let go by ABC has not been announced.
The ABC network is expected to announce that they have found a replacement for Brook Burke-Chavet and have hired Erin Andrews on Monday. Andrews has appeared in some racy photographs, and she just might lend Dancing With the Stars a little bit of added spice to attract a broader audience among male viewers.
Erin Andrews will likely have a working relationship with Fox that is similar to that of Michael Strahan, who is a Fox sports reporter on the weekends but is the co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael (also on ABC) during the weekdays.
Though Erin Andrews, 35, has worked for Fox as both a college football sideline reporter and ESPN’s host between the years of 2004 to 2012, the former Dancing With the Stars competitor also has a business relationship with executives at ABC. Her move to be the new co-host of Dancing With the Stars will likely be an easy one for her, and a successful one.
Dancing With the Stars needs to go after celebrities who will attract their old viewers who have decided to stop watching the show for whatever reasons, as well as attract new viewers. The show still has a chance to regain some of its old popularity back, but if season 18 isn’t marked with an increase in the ratings, Dancing With the Stars might go the way of The X Factor and get canceled. Are you looking forward to watching season 18 of Dancing With the Stars? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb