Four years ago, current FOX Sports personality Erin Andrews danced and twirled her way to a third-place finish on the popular ABC show Dancing with the Stars. Now, she will rejoin the show in a new capacity.
On Monday, ABC’s Good Morning America announced that Andrews would be replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet as the new co-host alongside Tom Bergeron for the popular prime-time show, Dancing with the Stars.
Andrews, who has 2.16 million followers on her Twitter account, quickly followed up with confirmation of GMA’s announcement.
She also shared her obvious excitement, also letting her fans know that she has not given up her duties at FOX Sports.
Burke, who has co-hosted the show since 2010, knew about her demise earlier in the weekend, tweeting on Friday about her dismissal from the show.
Burke has co-hosted DWTS since season 10, and will no doubt be missed by many of her fans. But it was obvious that the show wanted to move in a new direction, and Andrews will help in generating a younger audience.
Andrews, in an exclusive interview with People Magazine, talked about using Burke as an example moving forward.
"I know that I have huge shoes to fill,” Andrews said. “I'm a fan of Brooke. She was very wonderful toward me in my season. She was so caring and so fantastic. I can only hope I can emulate somebody like that and use her for guidance."
Burke, ever the gracious one, chose to put a positive spin on her dismissal as well.
ABC released a statement, thanking Burke for her years of service.
"She's been a wonderful part of the Dancing with the Stars family since her triumphant win in season seven and will unquestionably be missed by our entire team," the network said.
Andrews brings a unique style and perspective to DWTS. After starting her career with ESPN as a college football sideline reporter, Andrews has quickly established herself as a popular television sports personality. Making the move to FOX Sports in 2012, Andrews has been at the forefront of many major sports events, including the recent Super Bowl and last year’s World Series.
As far as developing a style in her new role, Andrews will use her background as a former contestant as a guide in conducting interviews with contestants.
"It obviously helps that I was a contestant on the show," she says. "Even though I made it to the finals, I wasn't that great. It was so difficult. I broke my foot, I hurt my back. I fought with Maks every other day. I was trying to be sexy when all I wanted to do is be the tomboy. I know what they're going through."
While fans will lament the dropping of Burke, there are always certain facts to consider with a show that’s looking to stay fresh. Bringing in fresh new faces can be a way to generate new fans, and with Andrews’ immense popularity, the younger generation can now have someone they can relate to.
Andrews will make her debut when the new DWTS season starts on March 17.