“Dancing with the Stars” will welcome director Baz Luhrmann to the side of the stage next week as a guest judge.
Luhrmann, the director of “Moulin Rouge!” and “Australia,” will fill in for head judge Len Goodman, who’s taking a week off. The show assumes its regular Monday-Tuesday schedule next week.
Goodman was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year but put off surgery until the spring season of “Dancing” finished. He had surgery to remove a cancerous growth in June and said soon after that that he was “right as rain.”
Luhrmann knows his way around a dance floor. His mother was a ballroom dance teacher, and his first film, “Strictly Ballroom,” was set in the world of competitive dance. (“Moulin Rouge!” also features several dance numbers.)
Luhrmann is currently developing an adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”
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