Dancing With the Stars is back on ABC.
For the 29th time since first premiering in June 2005, a new roster of celebrities and professional dancers are set to show off their ballroom dancing skills in hopes of winning the coveted Mirrorball trophy. Though the show has been around for quite some time, major changes are in store this year in particular — from the judging lineup to a brand new host of the series.
Here's what to know about the new season of Dancing With the Stars in the fall of 2020:
When is the Dancing With the Stars season 29 start date?
The new season of Dancing With the Stars will premiere Monday, September 14, 2020 on ABC. While there's a chance that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may cut the season short, the dance show usually runs from the middle of September through late November. We'll be sure to update this post if that changes!
Who are the Dancing With the Stars 2020 pro cast members?
On Good Morning America, it was revealed that the following pro dancers will be gracing the ballroom in season 29:
- Sharna Burgess
- Peta Murgatroyd
- Val Chmerkovskiy
- Cheryl Burke
- Keo Motsepe
- Jenna Johnson
- Britt Stewart (new pro)
- Alan Bersten
- Brandon Armstrong
- Sasha Farber
- Daniella Karagach (new pro)
- Pasha Pashkov
- Emma Slater
- Gleb Savchenko
- Artem Chigvintsev
Watch the exciting announcement video below:
Who will be in the Dancing With the Stars 2020 celebrity cast?
- Monica Aldama, cheer coach and Netflix Cheer star
- Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue and Netflix Tiger King star
- Kaitlyn Bristowe, Bachelorette alum
- Vernon Davis, former NFL player
- Anne Heche, actress and director
- Skai Jackson, actress and Disney channel star
- Justina Machado, One Day at a Time actress
- Jeannie Mai, host of The Real
- AJ McLean, Backstreet Boy
- Jesse Metcalfe, Desperate Housewives and Chesapeake Shores actor
- Nelly, rapper and singer
- Charles Oakley, former NBA player
- Nev Schulman, Catfish host and producer
- Chrishell Stause, actress and Netflix Selling Sunset star
- Johnny Weir, Olympic figure skater
Who will host Dancing With the Stars in 2020?
Shockingly, not Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Tom shared the surprising news on Twitter in July: "Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It's been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I'm grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?"
Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It's been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I'm grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) July 13, 2020
A statement from ABC and BBC released to Fox News confirmed that Erin would also not be returning. Erin had served as a co-host since 2014, while Tom had been working on Dancing With the Stars since the show's debut in 2005.
While it's definitely a bummer to see Tom and Erin go, we're excited to share that the show has already found its next host ... Tyra Banks! "Please join us in welcoming @tyrabanks as #DWTS host. Thank you to @Tom_Bergeron and @ErinAndrews for so many seasons of glitz, glamour, and good times!" the show's social media announcement read.
Tyra will also be an executive producer on the show.
"I've been a fan of DWTS since its beginning ... The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances ... it's always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk," Tyra said in a news release obtained by CNN.
Will all the Dancing With the Stars judges be the same?
While long-time judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will be resuming their duties, ABC revealed on Good Morning America that Derek Hough, former DWTS pro and six-time Mirrorball trophy champion, will be taking over for Len Goodman. The reason? It sounds like because of the coronavirus pandemic, Len will be unable to travel to the U.S. from the U.K., where he is currently residing. That said, Tyra made it clear that the show still wanted him on board for season 29 in some capacity.
"At the moment, we're trying to figure out how to incorporate Len Goodman because he is in England and there's all these travel restrictions because of COVID-19," Tyra told Entertainment Tonight. "So we're trying to figure that out."
How can I watch the new season of Dancing With the Stars?
Dancing With the Stars will air Monday nights live on ABC from 8 to 10 p.m. ET.
But you have plenty of other options as well. First, the show will be available on ABC’s Go Watch Live service, which you can access with your cable login info. Just note that the live streaming feature is only accessible in certain locations, so check out ABC’s website for more details.
Alternatively, you can tune in on the ABC app, available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Samsung smart TV, and Roku devices.
Apart from that, you can watch episodes a week after they air without using your TV provider account on ABC.com. Lastly, you can catch the dance show in real time using your Hulu + Live TV account (you can try a week out for free).
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