Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars premieres on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
The show will feature a total of 16 pairings of professional dancers and celebrity partners, each performing during the premiere, and the night will culminate with an elimination.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Derek Hough and Len Goodman each return to the judging panel for the season, and host Tyra Banks also returns to the ballroom, but this time she will be joined by TV personality and mirrorball champion Alfonso Ribeiro accompanied.
Read on to find out what to expect from the show’s premiere.
Each of the dances expected for the first episode of season 31 of Dancing With the Stars has been announced in advance.
Here’s what spectators can expect in the ballroom:
There will also be acts by professional dancers as well as acts performed by the troupe throughout the show.
For the first time in several seasons, the skybox will once again be part of the ballroom, the cast announced at the D23 show. According to a summary on Reddit, this isn’t the only change made ahead of the new season.
According to the synopsis, voting is open not only to viewers in the US, but also to viewers watching the show live in Canada.
Because the coast-to-coast show will air on the streaming service rather than live television, people across the country will also be able to vote after watching the performances. Before the change, West Coast folks either didn’t have to vote at all or wait for performances to post on social media to vote for their favorites. In some cases, that meant a blind vote for the West Coast crowd cheering certain celebrities.
Now that the show is airing for everyone at the same time, everyone can watch the performances before voting for their favorite contestants.