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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

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Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Suzie
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Lose Tyra, if Derek wasn’t judging, I wouldn’t watch. Hoping to see some Derek choreography at some point.

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WOW… NICE, ^^^”…if Derek wasn’t judging, I wouldn’t watch”

my thoughts ! PLUS, i will always root this lady. Ms. Anne Heche

Tyra standing their; argh! aing ! still counts on gussying up

come on Tyra !!!! you REACHED… truly you met… you’re just no match for ALL this flair

you rarely interacted with anything of note with the pairs standing their. relying on your panel. even with your panel… you had no repartee

you took modeling to fierce ends, are YOU going to at least dance. ACT

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Apparently on another blog or entertainment news a lot of fans are very upset with Tyra Banks as new host.Except for the horrible colored outfit, I saw nothing wrong with her hosting. First of all I watch to see the stars dance, not to criticize the host or hosts. My biggest complaint was the overly loud, canned applause making up for no audience. Also I do not think their music matches the dance. I felt kind of sorry for Chrishell doing the Tango to the crazy rock & roll music. I did not like all the nit picking made by… Read more »

francine
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francine

When a Black woman replaces a white man on TV or anywhere, white people can’t handle it. They say it’s about a million things other than her race but it’s not true. Happens every time. Read other threads here where the same thing happened if you don’t believe me!

Momo
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Momo

I thought they all did well. Anne seemed a bit loopy. Tyra is not a good fit, and that’s being kind. I fast forwarded through a lot of her.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Momo…oh I totally agree…Tyra Banks is NOT a good fit for DWTS…PERIOD!!!!! Oh…as for myself, whenever Tyra opened up her mouth to talk, I pressed the MUTE button on my remote control…lol.

francine
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FYI the headline should say is “debuts,” not “bows,” which means the opposite. It’s been in a couple of your headlines lately that you might want to edit because you’re saying the opposite of what you mean.

Violet Lemm
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Francine
It’s just simantics. Don’t sweat it!

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Francine, you’re partially right. There is an expression in which “bow” can mean “debut” but the idiom requires saying “make her/his bow” so this headline is *almost* right. It probably should have read “While Tyra Banks makes her bow as host” to be strictly correct. Sorry but Len would have pointed that out, lol. Sort of confusingly, if you change one letter of the phrase — to “take one’s bow,” it means the opposite: to finish something. And there ends my English lecture!

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Waltzes its Way Back to ABC

In a surprise turn of events, the long-running celebrity dance ballroom competition, Dancing with the Stars, is returning to ABC following its one-year detour to the streaming platform Disney+.

According to Vulture who broke the news, the Disney powers-that-be have decided it makes more sense to meet audiences needs wherever they are.

Therefore, moving forward for its 32nd season, DWTS will air live on the ABC network and continue to stream live on Disney+.

With Bob Iger back in charge at Disney, the business units are determining how content gets distributed, and they feel the show belongs at ABC.

Previously, DWTS was the first live series to debut on Disney+ and the first live streaming reality show in the U.S.

Now, with Julianne Hough set to be the new co-host joining Alfonso Ribiero, looks like there are several other changes underway, including that this will be the first season without former head judge, Len Goodman, who decided to leave the show after last season and recently passed away.

Last season’s Mirror Ball Trophy winners were Mark Ballas and Charli D’Amelio.  Who might compete this year? Time will tell.

So, what do you think of Dancing with the Stars returning to network TV? Will it make you watch the new season? Comment below.

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Len Goodman, Former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Head Judge, Passes Away at 78

Len Goodman, the beloved and often crusty former head judge of Dancing with the Stars, as well as the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing, has died.  Goodman passed away at the age of 78 following his battle with bone cancer.

According to the BBC, Len passed away while at hospice in England over the weekend on Saturday.

Goodman’s agent, Jackie Gill confirmed his passing sharing, “It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78. A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him.”

Throughout DWTS run, Len was the on-going presence who was often harsh and critical in his assessment of the celebrity contestants and their dance partners when they didn’t deliver enough of the signature moves from the required style of dance.   However, when you impressed Len, he would often hold up his scoring paddle and utter, “From Len, a 10!”  Those words meant so much to the couples vying for the Mirror Ball trophy each season, because if you could impress Len you felt you were on the right track.

Goodman appeared from the beginning of DWTS in 2005 through last year in 2022, when it was revealed at the end of its 31st season, he would be stepping away from the show to spend more time with his family.  Len also served as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing from 2004-2016.

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This morning, following the news of Goodman’s death, Len’s former friend and DWTS colleague and judge, Bruno Tonioli tweeted: “Heartbroken my dear friend and partner for 19 years the one and only ballroom LEGEND #LenGoodman passed away. I will treasure the memories of our adventures @bbcstrictly @officialdwts there will never be anyone like you. you will always be my perfect 10.”

In addition, Carrie Ann Inaba, who along with Tonioli and Goodman have been at the DWTS judges table together during the series run, posted an emotional tribute via her Instagram account paying tribute to her friend and colleague.

Inaba shared: “Dancer. A teacher. A refined gentleman. A wonderful storyteller. A special soul. A mentor. A family man. And… A treasured friend.Saying goodbye at the end of last season broke my heart. But today’s news has shattered it all over again. I can’t believe that you’re gone. 💔 You were one of a kind my dear friend. And I will cherish our memories and hold them close, while I join so many others in mourning your loss. Thank you for all that you shared with us. Your humor, your wisdom, your wit and your truth. Until we meet again…✨Rest In Peace Len 🤍”

When it was revealed that Len was exiting Dancing with the Stars after its 31st season, the series aired a very emotional clip package honoring the man who meant so much to the show, the dancers, and the audience at home.  You can watch it below.

Len is survived by his son James and his wife, Sue Barrett.

Now, share your condolences and remembrances for Len Goodman in the comment section.

 

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Julianne Hough Replaces Tyra Banks as New Co-Host of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

After Tyra Banks revealed she was stepping away from Dancing with the Stars, a new co-host needed to be named and it looks like the reality-ballroom dance competition series has found their gal.

Julianne Hough, will rejoin the series, but this time as the new co-host alongside Alfonso Ribeiro.  Hough has previously appeared on the dance series as both a pro dancer and a judge.

With Julianne returning to the ballroom, she will be reunited with her brother, Derek Hough, who will be back at the judges table for the show’s upcoming 32nd season streaming on Disney+.

The new co-host has twice won the mirrorball trophy with celebrity partners, Apolo Ohno and Hélio Castroneves, during Dancing with the Stars fourth and fifth seasons on ABC.

As for Tyra Banks, last week, she told TMZ that she felt that it was time for her to exit DWTS and focus on her business and entrepreneurship, and that she would also be producing more TV but behind the scenes.

What do you think of Julianne replacing Tyra in the ballroom for season 32 of DWTS? Comment below.

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