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Dancing with the Stars 2011

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Fans of Dancing with the Stars should look for something new and different under the mirror ball this fall (and fortunately, we’re not talking about any misguided plans by Maksim Chmerkovskiy to keep his chest covered).

What fresh and sparkly change does Executive Producer Conrad Green have in store for us?

Why, it’s a new stage!

Yes, ballroom dancing fans, the next season of DWTS will feature a fancy new amphitheater-style set for its next round of amateurs. There will be another level of seats for all those crazy folks who wait in line outside of CBS Television City in Los Angeles to attend a taping, and a more prominent spot for the orchestra and the enthusiastic chimes lady. The staircases will even move about the slick stage, though we do hope the weekly back and forth doesn’t trigger any more Kirstie Alley-style spills.

Sadly, EW has been informed that there will be NO changes made to the judges’ vocabulary during the critiquing period, so expect more creative references to Cheryl Burke’s “rocky mountains” by Len Goodman.

The next round of victims celebrity hoofers will be announced Aug. 29 during an episode of Bachelor Pad. The new season begins Sept. 19. Looking forward to the return of Derek Hough?