‘Dancing With the Stars’: Is Carrie Ann Inaba Returning as Judge for Season 30?

by Joe Rutland

One of the big questions surrounding “Dancing With the Stars” has been whether Carrie Ann Inaba will return to the show as a judge.

This is a big deal since the ABC show is coming up for its Season 30 premiere in September.

Well, “Dancing With the Stars” fans can rejoice as she will be back behind a judge’s seat once again. Inaba, who also appears on CBS’s “The Talk,” stepped away from the show because of health issues.

She posted on Instagram about the news with these words. “Bring on the ballroom #DWTS returns to ABC September 20 at 8|7c! I’ll be there! Will you? Who’s ready for our 30th season?” Inaba wrote.

In an Us Magazine article, though, a word about her future on “The Talk” remains up in the air. Inaba, who was an original “Fly Girl” on the Fox comedy show “In Living Color,” is supposed to offer an update on that status soon, too.

“Dancing With the Stars” premiered on ABC on June 1, 2005. Tom Bergeron was the original host who was let go by the show after 28 seasons. At the same time, Erin Andrews also was fired as a co-host. Andrews is a Fox Sports correspondent who works “NFL on Fox” highlight games.

Model-actress Tyra Banks took over in Season 29 and will be back for Season 30. Besides Inaba, other judges on the show have included Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Julianne Hough, and Derek Hough.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Contestant Dealt With Eating Disorder

One “Dancing With the Stars” contestant revealed that she had to deal with an eating disorder after appearing on the show.

Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame talked about her health situation during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. Robertson appeared on the Season 9 of the show.

“During ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ you work out so much and you’re dancing 24/7, so no wonder you have the body of your lifetime,” Robertson said. “I had this body that I never thought I’d have. I had a six-pack for two weeks, but then Thanksgiving hit and it went away. People started to comment.”

Just 17 years old at that time, Robertson started getting hateful comments about her looks on “Dancing With the Stars.” She felt “insecure” and believed what people would say. Some suggested that if she “lost 10 more pounds” she would look like a “model.”

What helped her deal with the issue? Robertson said she found a way through her faith. But Robertson did not end up winning in Season 9. Singer-performer Donny Osmand teamed up with professional Kym Johnson to take home the victory.

Professional dancer Cheryl Burke holds the mark for most seasons competing on the show with 23 seasons.