Hitting the dance floor — on a different platform. Season 31 Dancing With the StarsAfter more than a decade of being on ABC, it will premiere on Disney+ in the fall 2022.
“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 April 2022, the announcement was made. This made it the first series to premiere on the streaming site.
“As we’re significantly expanding our unscripted slate at ABC, this is a great opportunity to introduce this show to a whole new generation of fans on Disney+,” Walt Disney Chairman of Entertainment Dana WaldenIn the press release, it said that DWTS has brought “so much joy to millions of viewers” during its time on the air.
Despite the sudden change, DWTS‘ judges and professional dancers were quick to share their excitement for the new format with fans. “It’s an exciting new chapter for the show and for the streaming world in general. The west coast can now vote in real time. I’m excited for the show possibilities over at Disney+ and am daydreaming about how we’re going to pull of quick changes and set changes with no commercial breaks!” Cheryl BurkeTelled Us WeeklyOnly in May 2022. “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?!”
Pro-turned-judge Derek HoughLater in the month, they echoed those sentiments. Entertainment Tonight that though he was initially confused by the announcement, “within 10 seconds, I was very, very excited about it. I think that’s where a lot of things are moving toward.” He continued, “It’s more opportunity for more performances, more dances, more creativity so I’m excited about that too.”
You can also make the move to Disney+ Tyra BanksSeason 19’s winner will join them. Alfonso Ribieroas hosts for the new season. “Dancing with the Stars has been such an important part of my life for so many years, and I am ecstatic to officially re-join this tight-knit family as cohost,” the Bel-Air’s Fresh PrinceIn a statement released in July 2022, the alum stated that she was proud to be a Disney+ alum. “Tyra and I have a longstanding friendship that I hope will resonate with all of the fans at home as we kick off this new season on Disney+.”
The supermodel spoke glowingly about her new cohost shortly afterwards. “I’ve known Alfonso since I was 19 years old and he always puts a smile on my face whenever I see him,” Banks said in a statement at the time. “Having such a fun-loving, longtime friend as cohost warms my heart. Bantering back and forth with him live is going to be so much fun!”
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