Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 a.m. Pacific Time on Disney Plus. Here’s what you need to know about the full season schedule and end date:
The fall seasons of Dancing With the Stars typically conclude with a finale on the Monday before Thanksgiving, making the Season 31 finale of Dancing With the Stars take place on Monday, November 21st. The show announced via press release that the premiere episode will feature an elimination and with 16 pairs total this season, if the show has four pairs in the finals, that means there will be two weeks of double eliminations before the finals.
The press release states:
The press release also revealed that the episode will be available to play on Disney Plus “within an hour of the live stream.”
We also know of at least two themed episodes of the show so far — Michael Buble’s night on Oct. 24 was announced by the singer himself on Good Morning America, and Halloween night on Oct. 31 was announced in a Hallowstream press release , which reads , “Each week, enjoy themed episodes featuring spectacular new costumes and dances, culminating in the ultimate haunted ballroom on October 31.”
The show will always air Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 a.m. Pacific, but it won’t always be two hours long, as it always was during ABC air days.
Returning showrunner Conrad Green told Entertainment Weekly in an interview that joining a streaming service will allow the show to “breathe a little bit more.”
“[I]In the past, you always had to meet exactly two hours for the show. Now that we’re on the streamer, you don’t have to,” Green said. “We’re not immediately followed by another show. It’s not like there’s dead air when we’re a little under. The show can move at a slightly more natural pace. The first show will be busy. It’s going to be two hours of people and stories and amazing performances. When we get to the later shows we can let it breathe a bit more and bring back some of the elements that people really liked like group dances, team dances or a dance marathon. Things like that that are fun to see the performers all get to know each other and work together and compete against each other in different ways.”
Green also said he doesn’t know “what to expect” now that the show will be televised live nationwide.
“Previously, people on the West Coast could vote on when we would do the reveal the next day. But when it came to a revelation that night, people on the West Coast didn’t vote. I am very happy that it is now fully inclusive. It’s live live live across the country. You can tune in at five in LA, you can tune in in New York at eight. The people of Canada can now vote too. It’s a much broader base. And I think it’ll help audiences engage with the show,” Green said.
Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, September 19 for its 31st season on Disney Plus.
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