Because a live orchestra was obviously the one thing keeping Dancing With The Stars from a young demographic…
At least that’s what ABC/Disney seems to think.
Dancing With The Stars‘ live backing band has been fired ahead of the upcoming spring season. The 28 members of the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers have been with the show for 17 seasons.
According to the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the move was made in order to “attract a younger demographic,” even though Dancing With The Stars continues to be one of the most-viewed television programs. The orchestra will be replaced by recordings and a “small electric band”.
As Liz Lemon once said: “So your job is you take things that are already working, and you fix them. That’s a great job.”
Ray Hair, President of the American Federation of Musicians International, says:
“People who love Dancing with the Stars also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show… Firing the band, using recordings, and hiring fewer musicians won’t boost ratings. It will kill the show.”
If the network really wants to attract a younger demographic, why don’t they hire more celebrities that are actually relevant?