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'Dancing with the Stars'

The MULTI-MILLION

Dollar Makeover

8/22/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Dancing with the Stars" is getting a MASSIVE upgrade this season -- and TMZ has learned ... the entire layout of the set will be changed ... to the tune of $3 MILLION!

Sources tell us ... the COOLEST change will affect the audience ... because producers are swapping out the boring bleacher seats for a TRIPLE-TIERED balcony-styled arrangement ... kinda like where the old grumpy guys sit on "The Muppets."

Another cool change -- the massive staircase in the middle of the stage will have the ability to SPLIT into TWO halves ... which will reveal the orchestra pit.

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As for the dance floor ... which was basically hardwood planks placed on the ground ... it will NOW be an elevated PLATFORM ... so if the stars fall over the edge, it could REALLY hurt.

When called for comment, a rep for the show told TMZ ... producers are "very excited" about the new changes.


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Cartman    

It still won't work without a Palin, lol.

970 days ago
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janet    

When the show came on it was fun to watch. Hasn't been for a while. Changing the stage won't help.

970 days ago
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two cents    

It wasn't the stage that was boring. It was the dancers. No one wants to bother watching these D list stars. Waste of money.

969 days ago
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Jessica     

they are spending millions on this crappy ass show but the wont save One life to live. What idiots!!

969 days ago
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Cujeaux    

That studio they were in was pretty pathetic with it's folding chairs and small dance floor. I won'*****ch as long as Bruno is on. I can't stand that fruitcake.

969 days ago
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SLH    

hope they have Kathy Griffin on the show ...

969 days ago
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RealityBites    

All the makeovers in the world won't help if they don't actually have any "STARS" on the show....I won't be watching any longer with all the D list reality stars like the Troll Snooki

969 days ago
8.

some guy    

I think producers are excited about the dancers getting hurt if they fall. I know my interest level is raised. I want lingering close-ups if Ballas starts bleeding.

969 days ago
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jaytee    

Well then, the big question is.....who will be the first to fall off the platform and receive huge media coverage?

969 days ago
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Kathy    

I don't care what the stage looks like--its the people on the stage that count. If that doesn't improve, they can keep their new set.

969 days ago
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nicole    

cool, new floor. now I'll get to see more ppl bust their azz. I wish ABC would let the viewers get more involved when it comes to picking contestants AND switch the voting system to let us call in who we want OFF

969 days ago
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TulipSniper    

Oh boy! That makes me want to watch.... not!

969 days ago
13.

Hep    

The professional dancers are now bigger celebrities than the so-called "Stars."

969 days ago
14.

CARIB    

They need to replace Brooke Burke and bring Samantha Harris. Her voice invoked energy. Brooke seems stiff and uncomfortable, though pretty. But contracts are contracts I imagine and we'll be stuck with her..sigh!

969 days ago
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Cromulent    

'... kinda like where the old grumpy guys sit on "The Muppets."'

That would be Statler & Waldorf. Yeesh. You'd think the writers at TMZ would be conversant with classic pop culture. And you'd be wrong.

969 days ago
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