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Judges On 'Dancing With the Stars' Will Now Have More Power Than Ever

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By Emily Reily

The 'DWTS' Voting System Has Changed

Tom Bergeron teased the news while speaking with "Entertainment Tonight," saying “a little extra oomph" has been bestowed upon judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Trying To Spice Things Up

The big change this season? Live voting.

The show's executive producer, Andrew Llinares, told Us Weekly: “We wanted to do something a little different this year."

Us Weekly says judges can also save the team they like, so that viewers can see who their favorites are.

“After 27 seasons it’s tough. We want to keep the show fresh for you guys. We just thought it would be kind of fun to to hold off on revealing the partners to the audience until the premiere. … I think it’s a fun little twist," said Llinares.

Live Voting Won't Hinder West Cost Viewers

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This new live voting element won't prevent West coast viewers from taking part.

Llinares told "Entertainment Tonight": “The West Coast can still vote, but it will be voting when the show goes on for the first time.

“What we love about it is, if someone comes and does a great dance that night, but say they didn’t have a great dance the week before, they can come back, they can redeem themselves… We’re voting based on these dances that actual night.”

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