- By Paige Petrone
- Photo Courtesy of ABC
Dancing with the Stars is back LIVE in the ballroom in a safe and big new way, with all the sparkle and glitter galore! New host Tyra Banks takes over this season and of course will deliver on drama and fashion. Tyra needs to settle in and there’s no doubt she will. She has big shoes to fill in replacing veteran DWTS host Tom Bergeron. Banks is a force to be reckoned with. She created, produced, and hosted the successful reality competition show America’s Next Top Model for 22 (22!) seasons and also hosted her own talk show. She was the first Black woman on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and a top Victoria’s Secret model/angel — not too shabby! In addition, Derek Hough is returning this season as a judge. He was always one of the best professional dancers and choreographers on the show. He won the “Mirror Ball Trophy” six times! He also serves as a judge on World of Dance alongside Jennifer Lopez.
Not having an audience in the ballroom (for obvious reasons) is different for sure, but you can count on returning judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for comic relief with their always exuberant commentary. Early standouts showing off their smooth dance moves are stars Nev Schulman (Catfish), Jesse Metcalfe (Passions, Desperate Housewives), and AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys).
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