Thoughts from Cheryl Burke on Season 30 Theme Parties [Exclusive]

Like many fans, Dancing with the stars Pro Cheryl Burke doesn’t think every week has to be a themed party. Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with the DWTS pro on the phone to qualify for the semi-finals with Cody Rigsby. During our conversation, Burke explained his thoughts on theme nights at Dance with the stars Season 30.

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Unlike previous seasons of Dancing with the stars, Season 30 was filled with theme nights. From Horror Night to Disney Heroes and Villains Night, Britney Spears Night, Fat Night, and Janet Jackson Night, almost every week of DWTS Season 30 featured a theme.

Cheryl Burke doesn’t think every week has to be a theme party

“We kind of moved away from authenticity, I think,” Burke told Showbiz just before the semifinals. “Not so much… authentic dances, but the music wasn’t as authentic because of the theme nights.”

“I don’t think we have to do it – I don’t know if every week is something we should be doing,” Burke added. “At the end of the day, I ride with it. This is the show.

As Burke explained, the final two episodes of Season 30 will feature dance performances to more traditional songs. Burke was excited to make it to the semi-finals because the dances and music were “very authentic”.

Burke thinks there were so many theme parties in Season 30 because they are related. “Fat The night, I think, was a huge success, ”she says.

“I miss the most memorable [Year] … Or come home with the celebrity and see where it’s from, ”added the two-time Mirrorball champion. “I don’t know what the audience thinks, but some theme nights work, others maybe not as well, you know? ”

Fans of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Want Fewer Theme Parties

In a Reddit thread titled “Theme Nights Are A Little Overkill This Year,” fans voiced their opinion about the abundance of theme nights in DWTS Season 30. “I love themed nights and getting creative, but I find it a bit over the top this season,” the fan began.

Most of the time, they feel that themed dance nights prevent contestants from “opening up completely”. As Burke mentioned, some theme nights, like the Most Memorable Year, are what fans miss the most. Overall, fans like a theme but don’t want to see them every week of the competition.

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“I have the impression that we are failing to get to know the candidates by the excessive themes”, writes another DWTS fan, adding:

“I receive the Disney night [and] The Night of Horror will always be there, but generally the contestants will have songs that allow them to talk about things that are personal to them. Cheryl said in her podcast that a few of the pros had never even seen Fat…”

“I hate themed parties because we lack the authentic Latin feel and the ballroom for dancing,” another Reddit user said, echoing Burke’s sentiments. Right now, the future of themed parties on Dancing with the stars remain unclear.

Connect to the Dancing with the stars on Monday November 22, 2021 on ABC to see Burke and Rigsby in the final alongside Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten, Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach, and JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson.

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