I agree with the article but they are wrong about Maks. He didn't want to come back the past 2 seasons, it wasn't that they didn't bring him back. He had other options. We could see him next season, it was just he had contracted to do some things that probably interested him more.
I think they will have to replace the judges slowly if that ever becomes a plan. Rotate the old judges with new ones as they did this season but get dance experts that have never been on the show. Paula Abdul would be my first choice and with that one, just get rid of Carrie Ann and let Paula give it a whirl. She could easily be too soft, as she was on AI but worth a shot.