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UPDATE: 'Dancing With the Stars' Now Fires Music Director Harold Wheeler

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Feb 11, 2014 03:00 PM EST

If it weren't enough to have to tell his band to hit the road, now their leader must follow suit. Yup, Dancing With the Stars has announced that it has fired its music director, Harold Wheeler.

The joint producers, BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC TV, issued a statement:

Our talented music director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck.

No more live music, no more music director. What's next?

Soon Katherine Jenkins will digitize the whole show and dancers will jump and hurdle to dubstep--Skrillex and the mamba certainly fall under the same pretense, right?

So, if you're a fan of DWTS you'll definitely not hear a full-blooded orchestra. Instead, you may get two guys, a MIDI piano and a play button--the disc jockeys.

To me, the show just won't sound the same without the live instrumentation (to say nothing of a possible One Direction revamp).

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