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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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Sounds like fun. Not.

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‘The Talk’ and DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba Tests Positive For COVID-19

In a day which earlier saw Ellen DeGeneres reveal she tested positive for the coronavirus, so did Carrie Ann Inaba.  The Talk co-host and judge on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars confirmed her diagnosis via social media.

During Thursday’s episode of The Talk, co-host Sheryl Underwood related that Carrie tested positive earlier in the morning, so she would obviously not be appearing on the show.

Carrie Ann has developed Covid-related symptoms including a fever.

 

On her Instagram, Inaba shared this message: “Hey Everyone, I have tested positive for COVID 19. I’m home with some symptoms and will be sequestering as per the CDC guidelines, resting and taking care of myself.   I have been in a very safe environment following all the guidelines and safety protocols and it still found it’s way to me. So, this is a friendly reminder to be extra careful this holiday season.  Wear your masks, socially and physically keep your distance, and wash your hands. Take care everyone. And I’ll keep you updated on my journey.”

The Talk also posted a special video message (you can see that as well below) sending a speedy recovery and well-wishes to their friend and co-star/

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann and more celebrities who are back at work In Los Angeles where the numbers of cases has spiked contracting COVID-19?  Comment below.

 

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Soap Vet and ‘Selling Sunset’ Star, Chrishell Stause Dating DWTS Pro Keo Motsepe

On Wednesday, former All My Children, Days of our Lives, Y&R, and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause had some intriguing personal news revealed.  She is now dating Dancing with the Stars pro, Keo Motsepe.

Stause, who also competed on this season’s ABC ballroom dance floor competition, was rumored to have been dating her actual pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, when Gleb’s marriage to his wife dissolved.  Chrishell shut down the rumor mill on social media and let it be known that she and Savchenko were nothing more than good friends.

But instead, it appears Chrishell is linked to another dancer from the show … enter Keo.   As DWTS viewers know, Motsepe was the pro partner of another former soap star, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marly, Another World) during the just completed season of the show,.

The couple made their relationship official on Instagram with Motsepe, posting a pic on his account of him giving Chrishell a kiss on the cheek. and another subsequent post on his Instagram story..  Meanwhile, Stause shared a workout of the two masked-up.

Stause was previously married to former soap star and current member of the cast of This Is Us, Justin Hartley.  The couple divorced in 2019.

So, what do you think about the news of Chrishell and Keo as a couple? Comment below.,

 

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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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