Carrie Ann Inaba Pays Tribute to Fellow ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judges

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Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba took to Instagram this week to pay tribute to her fellow longtime judges on the show, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. She pointed out how amazing it is that the original panel has stuck around this long.


Carrie Ann Inaba Posts About ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Panel

Inaba posted a sweet selfie she took with Goodman and Tonioli, as well as a throwback photo of their first red carpet together back in 2005, when Dancing with the Stars first premiered. She called new judge Derek Hough “an incredible addition,” but wanted to take a moment to appreciate the originals.

“I believe we are one of the only teams of judges who remain intact from day one,” Inaba wrote. “And honestly that warms my heart and makes me feel good inside. We all come from such different backgrounds and we often disagree… but it never changes us.”

Inaba and Tonioli have judged every season of the show, while Goodman has only missed two seasons. Julianne Hough appeared on the panel for several seasons, and now Derek Hough is the fourth judge at the table. Inaba says she and her fellow judges have held hands before every show and “expressed our love for each other.”


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“There have been times we’ve argued during the show and then laughed immediately in the commercial break giving each other high fives for a good point or fiery passion,” Inaba wrote of her relationship with her fellow judges. “That’s what I love about being on this panel. We respect each other, even for our differences.”

Inaba also included a recent video of the four judges meeting up on set, including new judge Derek Hough, who was previously a pro dancer on the show. Hough commented on Inaba’s post, writing, “Happy to be in such iconic company.”


You can catch all three original judges, plus Hough, on Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars, airing Monday nights on ABC.

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