Perhaps the powers that be were afraid to actually cut a judge and so they felt they were doing the next best thing, but is Erin a good fit?

On November 22, 2016, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were announced the winner; Indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess placed second, and retired NFL player Calvin Johnson, Jr. At age 16, Hernandez is currently the youngest winner of the show, surpassing Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8) According to the judges' 40-point scale in season 23 (Week 4, 5, 8 & 10 dances and scores not included The first eight professional dancers were revealed on Good Morning America on August 23, 2016, and have all appeared on the show before.

Erin tried to explain the incident by saying she was trying not to cry.

The highest-scoring couple from each set won immunity, and could not be eliminated (ties were broken by Len Goodman's deciding vote). The show was shortened to one hour due to the presidential debate.

Individual judges' scores in this charts (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

Keo Motsepe is returning, but as a member of the show's dance troupe.

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

The six returning from the previous season include Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, and Sasha Farber; the two returning from past seasons are Allison Holker (last seen in season 21) and Gleb Savchenko (from season 16).

Pros from the previous season who did not return this season include reigning champion Peta Murgatroyd, who is expecting a child, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Edyta Śliwińska, and Karina Smirnoff.

After a three-week absence, Len Goodman temporarily returned to the judges' table.

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

The past few seasons have been kind of stale and it’s pretty obvious that the old format needs to be switched up a bit but rather than replacing anyone from the judges table they instead brought in Erin Andrews as fresh blood. According to the April 7th print edition of Life & Style magazine Erin is incredibly arrogant, self-absorbed and she is always late.

Rather than welcoming Erin with open arms the cast and crew are happy to see her leave the studio each day.

Couples performed one unlearned dance to Halloween themes and songs; the couple with the highest score earned an immunity from elimination, while the rest of the couples participated in dance-offs for extra points.