DANCING WITH THE STARS MUSICAL DIRECTOR HAROLD WHEELER DEPARTS
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Bosses at Dancing with the Stars have parted ways with the reality TV show's longterm bandleader and musical director Harold Wheeler.
The musician will take his 28-piece The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers with him after 17 series on the show. They will be replaced by a smaller electronic band and recorded music, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
American Federation of Music President Ray Hair has blasted bosses at ABC over the move, saying, "People who love Dancing With The Stars also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show.
"The tight, elaborate musical productions that catapulted the show into the top 10 in 17 countries can't be duplicated by recordings and a small combo. Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud."
A joint statement from Bbc Worldwide Productions and ABC reads, "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."
Series 18 of the show will begin in March.
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