'Dancing With the Stars' to Air All-Athletes Season in the Spring

The ABC reality staple will feature all athletes when it returns in the spring.
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ABC is adding a new twist for Dancing With the Stars.

The network announced Tuesday night that it will air what appears to be a shortened mini-season of its reality staple in the spring. The next all-live season will feature all athletes. The list of its 10 participants — off from its standard 13 — will be announced at a later date. Two-time Emmy winner Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return as hosts. The athletes will perform choreographed routines that will be judged by a panel of ballroom experts as well as by viewer votes.

ABC's announcement came Tuesday night, after the 25th season finale that saw [spoiler alert] actor-singer Jordan Fisher take home the show's coveted Mirrorball trophy. Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz will both go on to join Dancing With the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night, the live winter tour.

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