For 16 years, fans tuned into ABC to watch some of their favorite stars dance with some amazing professionals. Dancing With the Stars premiered on June 1, 2005, and made names like Derek Hough Cheryl Burke, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy household names. Every year the celebrities got better and fans were able to watch people like Billy Ray Cyrus, David Hasselhoff, Kim Kardashian, and Bill Nye the Science Guy break it down on the dance floor. For 15 years, the show was hosted by America’s Funniest Home Videos host Tom Bergeron, until he and cohost Erin Andrews were replaced by Tyra Banks for Season 16.
Dancing With the Stars always seemed to draw a major audience to ABC, so fans were shocked when in April 2022, Disney announced that it would be moving the show to Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. The show will be the first to be live-streamed on Disney+, and Disney Media shared the following statement when the announcement was made:
“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.”
When the announcement was made, no further details were released. However, that has changed, and we know not only when the show will premiere, but that it will also have two cohosts once again! Tyra Banks will return to the stage for Season 19 and will be joined by new America’s Funniest Home Videos host and previous Mirror Ball winner, Alfonso Ribeiro! You can watch the announcement below:
We’re seeing stars in the ballroom! 🤩 @TyraBanks and @TheRealAlfonsoRibeiro are co-hosting the upcoming season of @DancingWithTheStars, coming soon to @DisneyPlus! #DWTS
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The new season will be judged by Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough. BBC Studios will continue to produce the show — which will be the first reality to be live-streamed on a streaming platform in the U.S. According to reports, Disney is hoping that moving Dancing With the Stars to Disney+ will result in an increase in the number of subscribers to the platform.