Tyra Banks Says Changes for Season 31 Are ‘Intense’


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It’s time to shake up! Tyra BanksWe are excited about the changes that are coming to Dancing With the Stars for the reality competition’s 31st season.

“The new ‘no commercials’ format is intense and exciting. There’s no way I could handle this new format alone,” Banks, 48, exclusively told Us WeeklyOn Thursday, September 15, the television personality will promote The Posing Party at ModelLand. Cohosts will join the television personality. Alfonso RibeiroThis is the first year of this.

She continued: “We no longer have commercial time to clear sets. It’s nonstop action. So, having a new host allows for cut-aways from the stage so that the crew can get the next act ready.”

After 30 seasons on ABC’s, season 31 of Dancing With the StarsOn Monday, September 19, Disney+ will broadcast the premiere of the film. The America’s Next Top Model creator called the network change a “major move” for the show.

“I see Disney putting so much energy into Disney+, so it felt like a huge and groundbreaking decision. It will be the first live competition series on a streaming platform … and it’s great that the whole country will watch the show live together at the same time,” she told Use. “There’s not much like that on television now except for maybe sports and award shows. So, this is pretty special.”

The Coyote – UglyActress joined the DWTSSeason 29: Family, replacing hosts Tom Bergeron Erin Andrews. After two seasons of performing the gig alone, she believes Ribeiro, age 50, will be a great complement.

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“When the team brought up the idea of Alfonso with me, I was like, ‘Yes, yes and yes, let’s stop right there and look no further.’ Nostalgia is everything these days so I felt that Alfonso and I being together on a stage again after those fun Bel-Air’s Fresh PrinceThere will be many people who enjoy the good times. And fun for Alfonso and I, too,” she said.

Ribeiro won the 19th season of the show in 2014 as a professional dancer Witney Carson. Banks explained that while her “post will be on the ballroom floor,” her cohort will focus on interviewing the contestants.

“He’s been through what the stars will be going through so he will shine talking to them and knowing all the emotions running through their veins,” she explained.

Additionally, DWTS, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel is opening an interactive experience called ModelLand in Santa Monica, California, this summer. She gave Use the scoop on The Posing Party — where professionals teach participants how to work their angles and find their best poses.

“The experience is quite unique. We’ve got actors entertaining our guests, we’ve got dancers putting on a show, quick hair transformations for everyone, immersive shopping, special effects, pumping music, chill-out rooms, posing and lighting teachers …the list goes on and on,” she said. “I recently was on social media and saw two girls that had experienced The Posing Party and were practicing all of the poses on the street. It made me smile so big!”

Tickets for the experience, which opens Friday, September 16, can be purchased here. Dancing With the StarsMonday Nights at 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney+ ET on Disney+

Diana Cooper reporting.