Carrie Ann Inaba Hopes ‘DWTS’ Fans ‘Adapt’ to Disney+ Move

A hint of what’s to come! Dancing With the Stars won’t change too much when it moves to Disney+, but judge Carrie Ann InabaFans were given some clues as to how the new season would look.

“It’s a little bit different,” the Hawaii native, 54, told E! NewsMonday, June 13. “I think the difference is maybe live voting across the country. Maybe there’s gonna be some things that will come along with the scripts that I think people are gonna love.”

The reality competition aired for 30 seasons at ABC. Living Color alum knows that viewers have certain expectations — and she doesn’t think they’ll be disappointed. “People don’t always like change, but I think they’ll adapt,” she explained.

Inaba also assured fans that she’ll still be a judge on the show when it moves to the streaming app. “The fact that we’re still evolving and trying new things, it says a lot about our brand,” she added.


Derek Hough, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
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Disney announced the plans for DWTS‘ move in April along with the news that the series was renewed for seasons 31 and 32. It will be the first Disney+-exclusive live program when the show returns later this summer.

“The show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for Dancing With the Stars while continuing to expand our demographic reach,” Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution chairman Kareem DanIn a statement, he stated that at the time.

Inaba shared her excitement for the change via social media when the move was first announced. “We’re gonna be the first live streaming competition show in the United States and we’re gonna be on Disney+ and that’s really exciting,” she explained in an Instagram Story at the time. “Dancing With the StarsHe has always been a bit of a trailblazer. But not much, but you know, who could have known? Ballroom dancing, way back when?”

Cheryl BurkeFor her part, Veronica is pleased that West Coast viewers will now be able vote in real-time alongside East Coast fans.

“I’m excited for the show possibilities over at Disney+ and am daydreaming about how we’re going to pull off quick changes and set changes with no commercial breaks!” the ballroom pro, 38, told Us WeeklyApril. “I think it’s great that we’ll have an opportunity for potential new fans to discover us and know that this change will give our loyal followers from over the last 30 seasons something to look forward to as well. Imagine Disney Night. DWTSWhat will it look like now?!”

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