On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, ABC announced the 14 pros who will vie for the Mirror Ball Trophy in season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars,” which starts on September 14. Scroll down to see all of them and find out how well they’ve done in seasons past.
There has been upheaval going into this new season. First and foremost, the show has to face the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the entire entertainment industry to regroup. Other competition shows like “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” have gone virtual with their live shows, while FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” had to scrap its planned summer season altogether. The health crisis is ongoing in the US, so there will likely be changes in how the show does business this fall.
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline recently, “I have seen the presentation from the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ producers on how we are planning to produce this show, post-COVID and with the health regulations in place because they have the advantage of making it in other territories and I am blown away by the ingenuity and the care which they are producing it. We are bringing all of those innovations to the American broadcast. I’m really confident in their plan.”
The other big change is the ouster of the show’s Emmy-winning host, Tom Bergeron, who had been with the show since its very first season in 2005. He and co-host Erin Andrews will not be returning to the show this fall. In their place will be supermodel Tyra Banks, an Emmy-winning talk show host and the former host of “America’s Next Top Model” and “America’s Got Talent.” She’ll also be an executive producer of the new season of “DWTS.” Are you excited for the changes, or are you more interested in seeing the familiar faces? Who of the following 14 pros are you most looking forward to seeing on the show?