‘Dancing with the Stars’ 17: Cher to guest-judge for Len Goodman next week

Here's the cast -Prior to the start of Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” episode, there was all sorts of chatter about if we were going to end up seeing a major announcement regarding a double-elimination, or even Len Goodman’s future on the show following a myriad of various rumors floating around out there. However, what we ended up having at the end of the day were neither of these things exactly.

Instead, the big “announcement” (rumors aside) was merely that Len would be absent from the ballroom next week as he tries to manage doing both this show and “Strictly Come Dancing” in the UK, and he will be replaced next week by someone who is certainly an iconic entertainer in Cher. The “Turn Back Time” singer has been almost everywhere in the talent TV circuit these days, given that she was a guest mentor on “The Voice” earlier this season, and also performed on the British version of “The X Factor.”

There is also another interesting connection between Cher and the ballroom competition, given that her son Chaz Bono previous was a contestant a few years ago and was certainly one of the more controversial to the show’s conservative viewing audience. However, he nonetheless made it pretty far, and with him being on the show we saw his mother make many appearances throughout the season. She does not have the sort of extensive experience in ballroom dancing that previous guest judge Julianne Hough had during her stint on the show this week; however, Hough’s appearance did cause some controversy when she insinuated that her brother Derek’s good friend Mark Ballas tries to command attention over the people that he is dancing with, and he and partner Christina Milian were eliminated  soon after that.

What do you think about the idea of Cher taking the reigns as a guest judge on “Dancing with the Stars,” and do you think that she and Bruno Tonioli side by side could be all sorts of epic? Be sure to share some of your thoughts with a comment below! Meanwhile, click here if you are curious in reading some more news related to “Dancing with the Stars,” including some highlights from the show coming later tonight.

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