Since June 1, 2005, ABC’s dance reality juggernaut, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ has been entertaining the audiences by producing exhilarating content courtesy of the celebrities who take to the iconic stage along with their professional dance partners and compete with each other to win the Mirror Ball trophy. It is based on the hit UK series ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ and is one of the multiple international iterations of the franchise around the globe.
Owing to its interesting format and fan-following, the competition series has spawned a total of twenty-eight successful seasons. Naturally, you must be looking for the details on the release date and contestants of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2020. Well, we have got your back!
Dancing with the Stars 2020 Release Date
‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 29 is slated for a premiere on September 14, 2020, at 8 pm ET on ABC. It is set to follow a weekly format with new two-hour episodes dropping every Monday. Let’s hope COVID-19 doesn’t derail the plans for the premiere of the show.
Dancing with the Stars season 29 Cast: Judges, Contestants, and Host
The supremely talented Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli are all set to reprise their roles as judges. Unfortunately, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are not making a comeback as the hosts, and instead, model and television personality Tyra Banks has been roped in to exercise the hosting duties of season 29.
On August 18, 2020, the line-up of the 14 professional dancers of season 29 was announced Good Morning America. Here are the 15 pro-dancers – Brandon Armstrong (season 3), Alan Bersten (season 5), Sharna Burgess (season 13), Cheryl Burke (season 23), Artem Chigvintsev (season 9), Val Chmerkovskiy (season 16), Sasha Farber (8th season), Jenna Johnson (5th season), Daniella Karagach (1st season), Keo Motsepe (season 9), Peta Murgatroyd (season 13), Pasha Pashkov (season 2), Gleb Savchenko (season 8), Emma Slater (season 12), Britt Stewart (season 1 – the show’s first-ever Black female pro). Artem’s participation was revealed a week from the initial announcement. Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson are skipping the season since they are both pregnant.
As far as the celebrity contestants are concerned, here’s what we know. ‘The Bachelorette’ star Kaitlyn Bristowe (season 11) and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean are confirmed while the rest of the contestants will be announced on September 2 on ‘Good Morning America’. However, speculations revolving around the contestants are doing the rounds lately.
The list of rumored contestants includes ‘Two and a Half Men’ star Charlie Sheen; CEO of Big Cat Rescue and Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ fame Carole Baskin; former Steelers linebacker Ryan Dean Shazier; ‘Selling Sunset’ cast member and real estate agent Chrishell Stause; ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ actor Anne Heche; and model and entrepreneur Christie Brinkley, best known for featuring on the 1970s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.
What can Dancing with the Stars season 29 be About?
The show features several celebrity contestants who pair up with a professional dancer and compete with each other to impress the judges and the viewers with their refined dancing skills and electrifying performances. After hours of rehearsals, the couples set a routine that aligns with the week’s theme to bag high scores and more votes. The contestants who fail to mesmerize the viewers and the judges and earn fewer scores/votes are eliminated and sent home, every week by way of the standard elimination process.
After weeks of practice and determination, the couple that outlasts the others and sweeps the viewers off their feet in the finale, bag the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. As it is a reality show, the format more or less remains the same for all seasons. However, the makers are introducing a new rule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that all the professional dances must stay apart from their pro counterparts, to evade getting infected with the virus.
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