'Dancing With the Stars' Returning With a New Host
The new season of Dancing With the Stars will premiere on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 8 p.m. The ABC dance show usually airs from the middle of September through late November. That also will be the case this upcoming season during the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be some major changes on the show including having a solo host instead of two hosts that viewers had gotten used to seeing over 15 years.
Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks is Dancing with the Stars' new solo host and executive producer. She replaces two hosts, Tom Bergeron after 28 seasons and 15 years, and Erin Andrews after 10 and six years. Tom jokes that Tyra doesn't have to replace his monogrammed towels in the dressing room.
As executive producer, Banks said the dance competition show will be different from previous years. Those familiar with the supermodel know she pushes the envelope. Fans are excited to see what changes she will make to the already popular show. They are wondering how and why Tyra will be the only host when there have already been two hosts since the show premiered in 2005.
Professional Dancing Cast
The ballroom, professional dancing, fans, the new host, and fans of Dancing with the Stars are ready for a brand new and different season/
The cast of pro dancers competing for the Mirrorball Trophy for season 29 is listed below in alphabetical order.
- Brandon Armstrong was a member of Dancing with the Stars as a troupe member for season 24. He came on board as a professional dancer Season 27.
- Alan Bersten has been on the series for four seasons. He and The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown were the champions at the end of Season 28 that ended on November 25, 2019.
- Sharna Burgess was cut from Season 28 after she and Bobby Bones won the championship in Season 27.
- Cheryl Burke is returning for her twenty-third season. She has been on Dancing with the Stars more than any other pro. She won the Mirror Ball Trophy in two consecutive seasons. She won in her very first competition in Season 2 and again in Season 3. She hasn't won since.
- Artem Chigvintsev is returning for Season 29 after not being invited back for Season 28. He is dedicating his performance to his newborn son that was born on July 31, 2020 to his fiancee Nikki Bella and his dancing partner in Season 25. Artem was the last pro dancer to be announced on Good Morning America on August 24. The others were announced on August 18.
- Val Chmerkovskiy is married to pro dancer Jenna Johnson. They are one of three couples who will not be living together during the season because of the pandemic.
- Sasha Farber is returning with wife Emma Slater, but the couple is not allowed to live together during the season.
- Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy will not live together during the season
- Daniella Karagach is the newest pro. She and husband Pasha Pashkov will live separately during the series.
- Keo Motsepe is making returning to the series.
- Peta Murgatroyd is returning, but her husband Makim Chmerkovskiy will not return. In fact, Maks has not been on the dance floor since Season 25.
- Pasha Pashkov and wife Daniella Karagach will live separately during Season 29.
- Gleb Savchenko is returning for his eighth season.
- Emma Slater will not live with her husband Sasha Farber during Season 29.
- Britt Stewart is a new pro and the show's first Black female pro.
The three married couples, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, and Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach are required to live separately during Season 29. The reason husbands and wives are not allowed to live together is to protect their partner's safety if the pro dancer gets infected during the coronavirus pandemic.
Two Pregnant Professional Dancers
- Lindsay Arnold is due to give birth in November 2020, and will not return this season.
- Witney Carson is also pregnant and is due to give birth in January 2021, and will not be a pro dancer this season.
Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe has been confirmed as a Season 29 cast member, but her partner had not been announced. Also, singer AJ McLean was announced on Entertainment Today that he will be a celebrity contestant. The other celebrities will be revealed on Good Morning America on September 2, 2020.
Producers stated last March that a same-sex couple will dance in the competition in Season 29.
The longtime judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba are returning. All three of them have been judges since the series began 15 years ago.
- Three Married Couples on 'Dancing with the Stars' Must Live Separately
Married couples must be live separately to protect their dancing partners in case they get infected with COVID-19.