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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Changes To Show Amid COVID-19 Pandemic; Derek Hough Joins Judges’ Table

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Just how will Dancing with the Stars look and feel when it returns for its 29th season next Monday night on ABC?  Well, some answers finally surfaced from Rob Mills, head of Alternative Programming at the network, and DWTS showrunner, Andrew Linares.

Those changes include that all the celebrity contestants have relocated to Los Angeles, if they did not currently reside there, for the run of the show, so there will be no additional travel to keep safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Deadline, “The judges’ desk will be widened to maintain eight feet between each judge and dancers will be asked to stand at a distance of at least eight feet from the judges during the judging process.”  In addition, Derek Hough will be replacing Len Goodman at the table as one of the season’s judges.  Goodman lives in England and cannot make it to the US during the pandemic … but do expect to see Goodman remotely at certain times of the season.

There will be no live studio audience, however the show will tape live as it has in past seasons.  There will also will be no live band and the producers have redesigned the ballroom with extra screens and a new look to help with it appearing sparse of human beings in attendance.  In addition, large set pieces and extra dancers will no longer be part of the scaled-down version of the series.

The Sky Lounge will not be a place where the celebs and their dance partners can conjugate with their cast mates as in past seasons.  While the competitors can still watch each other perform live, they will be safely distanced somewhere in the ballroom.

For the celebrities and their dance partners safety – there will be no camera crews in the rehearsal studios, they will be replaced by remote cameras. The duos will be Covid-19 tested five times a week.

Linares shared, “They as a couple on the show will stay as a pod – they won’t come in to contact with the other couples to the point that we’ve got three set of married pro dancers and they will be living separately for as long as they’re in the competition.”

Tyra Banks will serve as DWTS new host and executive producer.

So, how will the pandemic effect DWTS for you, the viewer? Do you think the show can remain safe for all involved during the competition? And remember this year, we have three stars formerly from the soaps vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy: Chrishell Stause, Jesse Metcalfe and Anne Heche! Comment below.

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Completely not thrilled with the mirrorball lip gloss. It looks like Tyra is making the show about her. It’s about the dancing.

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Yep. It’s all about Tyra.

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‘Bachelorette’ Alum Kaitlyn Bristowe Wins The Mirrorball Trophy In Season Finale of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

In a season which saw a new host and executive producer, Tyra Banks, no studio audience due to Covid-19, three former soap stars in the competition and some too-close-to-call moments, four celebrity dancers and their pro partners danced their hearts out on Monday night in the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.

Hoping to take home the Mirrorball Trophy were: Kaitlyn Bristowe, Nelly, Justina Machado and Nev Schulman along with their pro dance partners.

The four couples danced two numbers – one dance they performed earlier in the season, and one freestyle.

When the dust settled with the judges scores combined with the popular vote at-home, and no judges ‘save’ at play to decide the final fate of the season, here is how it went down when the results were revealed,

In fourth place was Justina Machado and her partner, Sasha Farber.  In third place was Nelly and his pro partner Daniella Karagach,  That left two of the top celebrity dancers in the entire field as Tyra Banks handed down the results as Kaitlyn Bristowe and Nev Shulman held on to their partners for life hoping their name would be called.

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Next, Tyra announced that it was former ‘Bachelorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev who won it all and took the coveted Mirrorball Trophy as a let-down Nev Shulman and his partner, Jenna Johnson looked on.

Interesting enough, Bristowe follows former ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown as the champ of the ballroom dance floor competition, as Brown won the previous season 28

So, did the right couple win season 29 of DWTS? Let us know via the comment section below. But first check out Kaitlyn and Nev’s final performances that helped determine the winner.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Soap Alums Return to the Ballroom for Season Finale Tonight

The big question which has been building will finally be answered tonight on the season 29 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, when after the final dance the votes at home combined with the judges scores and decisions will determine the winner of the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Although this season featured three former soap stars, who had been previously eliminated during the competition, they will return tonight along with their pro partners to dance again and to root on the remaining cast in the finals.

Look for former Another World star, Anne Heche, former Passions, Desperate Housewives and Dallas star, Jesse Metcalfe, and former All My Children, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless star, and current Netflix’s Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause to make their returns.

Nelly, who is still in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy with pro partner Daniella Karagach, will also be performing some of his hits during the season closer.

Competing against Nelly and Daniella tonight are: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsey, Nev Schulman and parter Jenna Johnson, and Justina Machado and partner Sasha Farber.

Missing in action will be Tiger King’s Carole Baskin who did not travel to Los Angeles from Florida due to Covid-19 restrictions, however, the former co-host of The Real, Jeannie Mai will be back in the ballroom following her emergency surgery a few weeks ago which had to suddenly drop her out of the competiton..

So, which couple do you think will win the Mirror Ball?  Excited to see Anne, Jesse, and Chrishell one more time on the ballroom floor tonight? Comment below

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Chrishell Stause Makes Statement On Rumors Surrounding Her DWTS Partner, Gleb Savchenko’s Split From His Wife

Last week, Selling Sunset and former soap star, Chrishell Stause departed the ballroom competition on Dancing with the Stars, when she and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko were eliminated by the judges after landing in the bottom two.

Since that time, Gleb and his wife, Elena Samodanova have both announced they are divorcing after 14 years of marriage.  Elena told PEOPLE on the break-up: “After 14 years of marriage, and multiple affairs, I’ve decided enough is enough.”

Elena then added: “Gleb’s ongoing infidelity and a recent inappropriate relationship has created turmoil in our marriage and absolutely torn our family apart.”  She claims he has been seeing another woman, however a rep for Savchenko did not immediately respond to the media outlet’s request for comment.

 

Meanwhile, many have been assuming that woman, was Gleb’s DWTS partner, Chrishell Stause.  However, Stause took to her Instagram story to make a statement to clarify any rumors, sharing: “I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split. It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone. As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”

Chrishell is referencing her public break-up from This Is Us and former soap star, Justin Hartley in November of 2019 when he filed for divorce from her.

So, what do you think of Chrishell’s statement and the break-up of Gleb and Elena? Comment below.

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