One of fall TV’s most beloved shows will be back for season 31. The premiere of the brand-new season of Dancing With the Stars is right around the corner. Season 31 will be unlike any season of DWTS before it. The show has been a Monday night staple for years. However, that will no longer be the case going forward.
The beloved dancing competition series will return for season 31, but it will not be on ABC. Is the show coming to an end? Not at all. HollywoodLife has all the latest updates about the upcoming season.
Is Dancing With the Stars Coming Back In 2022?
Yes, Dancing With the Stars will be back for season 31. The show just won’t air live on ABC. Dancing With the Stars hasn’t been canceled by any means, it’s just moving to Disney+ full-time.
Dancing With the Stars season 31 will premiere exclusively in the US and Canada. The show will be the first live series to debut on the hit streaming service. Disney+ is already home to popular series like WandaVision, High School Musical: The Musical: The Seriesand Loki. DWTS is making history as the first live series on Disney+.
“Dancing with the Stars has been a beloved staple on ABC for 30 seasons and brought so much joy to millions of viewers,” Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, said in a statement. “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+. We’re so grateful to our incredible partners at BBC Studios and look forward to continuing our relationship with them on this spectacular series, which will continue to be overseen by Rob Mills and the talented Walt Disney Television Alternative team.”
Kareem Danielthe chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, also said: “Dancing with the Stars has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first-ever live series. 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.”
As of right now, ABC and Disney+ have not revealed any plans for Dancing With the Stars to air at all on ABC. When the Yellowstone prequel 1883 premiered in 2021, the series debuted on both Paramount Network and Paramount+ before airing exclusively on Paramount’s streaming service.
Dancing With the Stars Season 31 Premiere Date
Dancing With the Stars Season 31 will premiere on Monday, September 19. The series will continue to air on Mondays, but this time only on Disney+. Since the show will be airing live, it will likely premiere at 8 pm on the streaming service. The news about the DWTS premiere date was confirmed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on August 3.
Before moving to Disney+, Dancing With the Stars aired Mondays from 8 pm ET to 10 pm ET. DWTS voting should work the same with the show on Disney+, with fans being able to vote online and by text for their favorite couple.
Who Is Returning For Dancing With the Stars Season 31?
The cast has not been announced for DWTS season 31 as of yet. The cast is not revealed until closer to the premiere date, along with most of the DWTS pros. Prior to the cast reveal, there are always rumors about who is joining the show. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena is reportedly part of the season 31 cast. However, ABC does not comment on casting rumors.
Tyra Banks will be getting a co-host in season 31: Alfonso Ribeiro. Disney announced that the DWTS season 19 champion would be joining the show in July 2022.”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 co-host,” Alfonso said in a statement. “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+.”
Tyra also released a statement about her new co-host: “I’ve known Alfonso since I was 19 years old and he always puts a smile on my face whenever I see him. Having such a fun-loving, longtime friend as co-host warms my heart. Plus, he’s won the competition before, so he knows exactly what the stars are going through. Bantering back and forth with him live is going to be so much fun!”
Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inabaand Derek Hough will all be returning for season 31. Carrie Ann, Bruno, and Len have been with DWTS for years. Derek filled in for Len in season 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic before returning as a fourth judge in season 30.
On August 18, Dancing With the Stars released the poster and promo for season 31. Pasha Pashkov, Danielle Karagach, Witney Carson, Brandson Armstrong, Cheryl Burkeand Artem Chigvintsev were featured in the season 31 poster and promo. They will all return as pros for season 31. Danielle is the reigning mirrorball champion after winning season 30 with NBA star Iman Shumpert.
Despite hinting at a possible exit, Val Chmerkovskiy will be back for season 31. “I know that Val is definitely excited to come back for another season and I think that he’s in the best shape of his life right now. I’m not sure what happened to him [this year]but he is snatched,” Val’s wife and fellow DWTS pro Jenna Johnson told Us Weekly. Jenna, who came in second place in season 30 with Jojo Siwa, will not be returning. Jenna and Val are expecting their first child together, a baby boy.
As for Sharna Burgess, her status is very much up in the air. The DWTS pro recently welcomed her first child with Brian Austin Greenwho was her partner in season 30. “I would love to do the next season of Dancing With the Stars. It’s a conversation — I have to wait another two weeks before I can work out to test my body to see,” Sharna told Us Weekly in late July, just weeks after welcoming her son.
Witney posted a behind-the-scenes video from her night shoot at Disneyland for DWTS on August 29. The video featured glimpses of pros, including Alan Bersten and Peta Murgatroyd.
Will There Be Dancing With the Stars Season 32?
Yes, you read that right. DWTS will also return for season 32, likely in 2023. When announcing the move to Disney+, the streaming service also confirmed a two-season pickup.