Dancing With The Stars Spoilers: New Host Tyra Banks Previews the Changes Made to DWTS
ABC Dancing with the Stars Season 29 has had a do-over but new host Tyra Banks wants to assure fans who fear the show will be unrecognizable, “By no means am I coming in with a sledgehammer. It’s more like a little archeological tool,” she said during a media conference call.
Banks is now the show’s executive producer as well in case you didn’t know. “I’m just really being very delicate and making sure we’re discovering new things that we can do to bring a young audience to this… (and) for them to connect with the existing audience.”
News of the hosting shakeup occurred in July
In July viewers were surprised to hear that previous hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were out and Banks was in. “Diversity is crucial, it is just crucial in general,” Banks says, “but I will be 100 percent transparent and say that the decision to bring me on … was … before any of the unrest that our country was going through… So ABC was not reacting by reaching out to me.”
The show will have to comply with various health and safety protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic which will also change its look and feel. For instance, there will be no studio audience but according to Banks, “The lighting team is doing a fantastic job of making sure the room is effervescent and energetic but without the audience.”
How will the dancers be able to do their routines?
This season among the pro dancers are three married couples who will be separate during the season while they dance with celebrity partners. Judge Len Goodman is in England and the show is still trying to figure out how to use him due to travel restrictions crimping his travel.
The news that Derek Hough is back has thrilled many fans
It’s been announced that pro dancer and fan fave Derek Hough will be involved this season but for now, his exact role is unexplained. Banks says his return, “is really honoring his roots and I think the fans are gonna be crazy excited.”
So what will remain the same on DWTS? Banks says that the theme nights will still be used. “I’m super excited about theme nights, that’s one of the things that… I have spoken about at length, and kind of analyzed a very long list of fun themes, narrowing it down to the four that you will see.”
“I can’t give it all away. One thing I will say is there is always a Disney theme night, so of course, there will be a Disney theme night, the other ones will be very exciting.”
Banks says fans should watch out for the athletes
Banks reveals that the athletes can surprise with their moves and, “I think (former Olympic figure skater) Johnny Weir, of course, is gonna do great cause he’s a champion on those skates.”
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