ABC has brought someone on board to breathe new life into Dancing With the Stars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Llinares will act as the series' showrunner for season 26, bringing his vast knowledge of reality television with him.
"Dancing With the Stars is one of the largest scale shows on television, and I love that it provides a place for me, as a producer, to have big, ambitious ideas that I can then bring to life," Llinares said to THR.
"It can be quite the undertaking to come in to a show that has been on the air for 25 seasons, but I’m excited about taking on the challenge and finding new ways to take the show forward."
Llinares' experience comes from work on various programs including The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, and Pop Idol.
Ahead of shifting over to work on DWTS, he knows how important it is to utilize what's kept the show around for so long, all while developing new ideas for future seasons.
"The challenge is to find a way to hold on to the key values of the show, while moving it forward while keeping current and fresh," Llinares said.
"It’s definitely about evolution rather than revolution. Story and emotion are absolutely key for me. With that in mind, I want us to find ways to make the stories on the show even more compelling and the emotional connection which the viewer has to the performances, even stronger," he added.
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The decision to make season 26 focus solely on athletes is already veering off from the traditional DWTS format. Along with the the theme, the season will be cut in half, running for four weeks instead of the traditional eight.
Llinares is banking on these changes to bring out an "entirely new dynamic" that viewers at home will notice.
"Over the years, many athletes who’ve participated as the celebrity dancers on DWTS have gone on to win the Mirror Ball trophy; they are used to training and competing, so they tend to do very well," he added. "I think we’ll see an intensity and level of competition that we may never have seen before on the show."
Season 26 of Dancing With the Stars will premiere April 30 on ABC.