It’s not just on the floor that things move in Dancing with the Stars. On the other side of the track, there will also be movement for the next season of the show expected at the start of the school year on TF1. In a press release, the private channel has, in fact, announced that two new members of the jury will join Chris Marques, historical judge of the program, show director and triple world champion of salsa, and François Alu, judge since the last year and star dancer at the Opéra National de Paris.
Principal dancer of the Opéra National de Paris, Marie-Agnès Gillot, will be there. “She’s a terrific performer and dancer. And above all, she is a very audacious and visionary artist. She was one of the first to push back the walls of the Paris Opera, she choreographed hip-hop, she created her own academy… has seen so far. It’s a real crush”, explains Frédéric Pedraza, deputy director of TF1 Production, in the columns of Le Parisien.
The former representative of France at Eurovision and interpreter of “I still dance”, Bilal Hassani will also be part of the jury. Finalist of the last edition of Dancing with the stars, the singer will use his experience in the show to best assess the performances of the next stars who are part of the cast. “He will represent the new generation. […] He was a candidate who gave us an exceptional show last year, week after week. And who knows well the workings and the little pitfalls that can be found in this type of competition”, continues Frédéric Pedraza. Before him, Matt Pokora and Shy’m, former winners of the show, had also gone from the floor to the jury bench.
These two new recruits replace the famous fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, in charge of the artistic direction of a show in Germany, and Denitsa Ikonomova, a key figure in the show who is currently working on a feature film as a choreographer. This one will however make an exceptional appearance in this thirteenth season.