Dancing With The Stars has cast its first contestant for next season – former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Bristowe was asked on air during tonight’s episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! by host Chris Harrison. “Kaitlyn, will you be on the next season of Dancing With the Stars?,” he asked. “I’m shaking. Oh my gosh.” Bristowe replied. “Chris, I feel like I’m going to cry.”
Dancing with the Stars is returning for its 29th season later this year. It’s not exactly when or how the show, which is produced by BBC Studios, will return given COVID-19. ABC Entertainment boss Karey Burke told Deadline that she thought last season was “resurgent”.
The show is hosted by Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. It is exec produced by Andrew Llinares.
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The Bachelorette became one of the most high-profile reality shows to get hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown.
However, Clare Crawley will get her shot at love and ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke revealed that he dating format is set to go into production in July ahead of its fall debut.
As expected, the show, which is hosted by Chris Harrison, will be produced in quarantine fashion with the cast and crew not allowed to come in and out of the production as the show is filmed.
“There is a production plan that is coming together,” Burke told Deadline. “I have seen the plan, it is very thoughtful and is being vetted now at the studio level and guilds. I do believe that the show will be able to come together and go into production in July.”
Elsewhere, Burke also teased details of the return of Dancing with the Stars, which is returning for its 29th season.
The former Freeform boss told Deadline that BBC Studios, the company that produces the show, had taken lessons from other territories, where the UK-originated format is produced.
“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,” she said. “We are bringing all of those innovations to the American broadcast. I’m really confident in their plan.”
This comes after former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe became the first star lined up to waltz over to the show. Bristowe was surprised during this week’s episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! by host Chris Harrison, who asked her if she would do it.
I haven't seen video of any other international versions that are currently running... have any of you?
I don't think it has anything to do with the ratings, but everything to do with budgets. After 15 years, and with all the hosting experience he has, Tom can demand a big paycheck. Ad revenues are down across all the networks due to COVID, and I would venture to guess that in the creative ways they are making adjustments to make this season work, there are going to be some added expenses. It's possible they asked Tom and Erin to take a paycut and they said no - who knows! But to me, the tea leaves show this is likely much more about money than ratings.
This has to be a cost cutting measure. Nothing else makes sense.
While we're all speculating here.......... My gut feeling is that they think that getting younger hosts will attract younger viewers. DWTS has a notoriously older skewing viewership. They want young people. Therefore, in TV Programmers' distorted logic, if you replace the older hosts (Erin isn't all that old, but she's no kid) with some young people, all their desired young viewers will miraculously show up.
Instead of classic Ballroom dances, they'll probably replace them with Hip Hop & a bunch of rolling on the floor, and jerky arm flapping. That's how they "dance" on Disney kids' programs. If so, I'm out. So will be a lot of their long time viewers.
There's always another option. You just have to find it.
Whenever they figure out how to produce a safe season, I would bet there will be another announcement about new judges as well.
Len seems to have been over it for some time (I would be too if the show told the audience to 'boo' me no matter what I say), and Carrie Ann and Bruno have become cartoon parodies of themselves. Without Tom there to rein in this toxic nursery school, it would all fall apart.
I think you're right Miss Scarlet, they will steer it more in the direction of SYTYCD. How celebrities will fit into this, I'm not sure.
How is this going to be a good move for them? He's part of what keeps me coming back even in seasons that aren't great. Is it for younger viewers? I can't imagine this will ever be a show that caters to a younger audience. Why can't they ever just leave shows for an older audience? I know a younger demographic is seen as more desirable, but have they done any real studies on that lately, or just relying on old data?
The show has been going downhill for awhile, and this latest move will not help. They keep going further and further from what made it great in the beginning.