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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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kp    

When they decided to have the woman beater (Chris Brown) on that was enough for me. I stopped watching and stopped buying products that sponsor that program. The network is out for $$$$$$$ only. If enough people would take a stand then maybe they would stop promoting these women beaters.

973 days ago
17.

Sandra     

Unless they get some A list celebs all the money will be wasted!!

973 days ago
18.

Geezus!!!    

They just need to cancel this show. I hate this ******* show!

973 days ago
19.

Ben from Baltmore    

All they need to prevent people from getting hurt if they fall off is gymnastics mats. Man, people are stupid.

973 days ago
20.

jbeans    

Keep spending the money ABC on worthless shows!! Lots of us are NOT going to watch with these pathetic D listers!! Who the F(*^% wants to see ho back Snookie and the rest of the losers you call "celebrities"? Should have used your money to save One Life to Live!

973 days ago
21.

Maverick    

DWTS should use that $3M to go out and get some decent (and actual) stars.

When Bristol Palin was on the show, I qui*****ching DWTS. Total jump the shark. This is a tired old show, and an expensive facelift is not going to fix the problem.

973 days ago
22.

SusanCoyote    

Ya can't shine manure

973 days ago
23.

TopRamen247    

Who cares? The show sucks. It was rigged from day 1 to pimp ABC stars, and they can't even do better than some of those idjits anymore. Snooki? Brisol Palin? B1tch please, I have better things to do with my time than watch this has-been of a show.

973 days ago
24.

Gina    

Not such a good show now. I like the original pro's that were on because they were always polished and professional looking and I still Love Cheryl and Karina! But some of this new bunch, like that rough looking chick with the gnarly black roots, Lacy (sp?). Now, I dont even bother to watch.

973 days ago
25.

andy    

Should have spent the money on better celebrity "talent", as opposed to wasting it on "set" upgrades. Oh well, this is ABC, . . . go figure!!!
GOOD TIMES.

973 days ago
26.

Pat    

They should have renamed it too, and called it "Dancing With The D-List".

973 days ago
27.

Uncle Rufus    

Here's an IDEAR...dig a GIANT PIT, pour CEMENT into it, and, VIOLA...we'll NEVER have to PUT UP with this DRIVEL AGAIN!

973 days ago
28.

Ace    

I guess most of you posting are older than I thought. Don't you have to be over 60 to watch this show? I've never seen more than 15 minutes of the show in the years it's been on.

973 days ago
29.

The PMG    

Who cares about the stage? If they keep hiring no names the show is gonna suck

973 days ago
30.

lorianne    

looks like they want a law suit guess they r that bored

972 days ago
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