DWTS shocker: ABC skips spring cycle after controversial season 27

Bobby Bones will have to keep that Mirrorball trophy well-polished for a full year.

Dancing With the Stars, which has long aired two seasons per calendar year, is skipping a Spring 2019 cycle, TVLine has confirmed.

Though it’s not yet clear what prompted the competition series to sit out a midseason run, Dancing is coming off a controversial 27th season. After multiple well-scored frontrunners were eliminated prematurely (including R&B singer Tinashe and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace), the Mirrorball was ultimately awarded to country radio DJ — and very dark horse — Bobby Bones, who had scored much lower than his three fellow finalists.

The finale results caused an uproar among DWTS viewers, prompting many fans (and us!) to call for a change to the show’s voting structure.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19: Mirrorball trophy winners Sharna Burgess and Bobby Bones pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 Finale at CBS Television City on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2707: Country Night' - Eight remaining couples dance to some of the biggest country music songs during 'Country Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2707: Country Night' - Eight remaining couples dance to some of the biggest country music songs during 'Country Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS, MILO MANHEIM, WITNEY CARSON, KEO MOTSEPE, EVANNA LYNCH, EMMA SLATER, JOHN SCHNEIDER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Halloween Night' - The nine remaining celebrities have spent the week learning all of the bloodcurdling tricks that it will take to treat the viewers to some terrifyingly fun dances, as 'Halloween Night' comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Halloween Night' - The nine remaining celebrities have spent the week learning all of the bloodcurdling tricks that it will take to treat the viewers to some terrifyingly fun dances, as 'Halloween Night' comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Disney Night' - The nine remaining celebrities are putting on their Mickey ears and getting ready to transform into some of their favorite Disney characters and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Disney Night' - The nine remaining celebrities are putting on their Mickey ears and getting ready to transform into some of their favorite Disney characters and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Trios Night' - The 10 remaining celebrities discover that two may be company, but three is definitely not a crowd as former show stars, as well as some newbies, join the couples for a special Trios Night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES, LINDSEY STIRLING
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'New York City Night' - The 12 remaining couples take a bite out of the Big Apple and dance to iconic songs from the city that never sleeps, as New York City Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCT. 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES, EVANNA LYNCH, KEO MOTSEPE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2701A' - On part two of the spectacular season premiere, the 13 celebrities get ready to hit the ballroom floor once again, with a lot riding on their final scores, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BOBBY BONES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2701 - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with a new, dynamic cast of 13 celebrities who are ready to move out of their comfort zones and hit the ballroom floor on a special two-night premiere. The competition begins with a two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPT. 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BOBBY BONES, SHARNA BURGESS
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Dancing With the Stars is expected to return to ABC’s lineup in Fall 2019. There’s no word yet on the fate of DWTS: Juniors, which wrapped its first season on Dec. 9 after pint-sized skateboarder Sky Brown was crowned the champion.

In other midseason news, ABC announced Wednesday that its freshman drama A Million Little Things will move to Thursdays in January, where it will claim the post-Grey’s Anatomy time slot at 9/8c. The slot’s current occupant, Grey’s spinoff Station 19, will take back the perch in March when Million Little Things completes its Season 1 run. (See the network’s full midseason rollout plan here.)

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Kim Kardashian (Season 7): 11th place

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Tucker Carlson (Season 3): Last place

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Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4): 5th place

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Paula Deen (Season 21): 9th place

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Pamela Anderson (Season 10): 6th place

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David Hasselhoff (Season 11): Last place

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Jerry Springer (Season 3): 5th place

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Martina Navratilova (Season 14): Last place

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Joey McIntyre (Season 1): 3rd place

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Nancy Grace (Season 13): 5th place

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Shannen Doherty (Season 10): Last place

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Kate Gosselin (Season 10): 8th place

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Denise Richards (Season 8): 12th place

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Penn Jillette (Season 6): Last place

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Heather Mills (Season 4): 7th place

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Wayne Newton (Season 5): 10th place

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Priscilla Presley (Season 6): 8th place

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Debi Mazar (Season 9): 12th place

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Bill Nye (Season 17): 11th place

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Geraldo Rivera (Season 22): Last place

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Steve Wozniak (Season 8): 10th place

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