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

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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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Hilarious. Guess the move to exclusively stream did not work out in their favour for the long-term.

I’m so happy about this change. I was hoping for this to happen

YESSSSSSSSS! Can’t wait! I missed it being on ABC!

smart news abc because i don’t know what demo you thought you were reaching on disney plus and with tyrA gone and julianne in that seat it’s a smart move for the network sadly len goodman is gone but this is a smart move for abc

Yes will watch. Hated streaming and glad Tyra is gone.

I am thrilled this is moving back to ABC! Didn’t watch it last season – did not like the host, and didn’t want to subscribe to Disney+. I am excited to watch again with Julianne Hough co-hosting the show. Yay!

Yes I’m back watching Dancing.

I will watch once again since they have new hosts and have moved back to ABC. Hopefully they will have great contestants also.

Excited to see it back on ABC! Hope the celebrity contestants are folks I am familiar with!

Sooooo excited DWTS is returning to ABC!! Love that series! Would not watch it when Tyra Banks was on (she was horrible!!!) let alone pay for it when it went to Disney.

I’m so happy. Missed it. But not pay for it. Thanks for bringing it back.

Now that it is back on abc and Tyra is gone I will watch it.

AGREE!

So glad it’s coming back home where it belongs. Thank You ABC. Missed you guys.

Wonderful news. Thank you!!!!

Smart Move! Too bad they moved to begin with. I’m sure they lost a lot of viewers. Will miss Len Goodman. R.I.P. Hopefully he is dancing in the heavens.

Yes, can’t wait. I hope it’s true because I canceled Disney+, it wasn’t worth it to watch one show.

Yay, time these networks listen to their audience. So glad it’s back where it belongs on ABC network

I am extremely happy that Dancing With The Stars is returning to ABC as it is only right that we who don’t watch Disney + at least still get the opportunity to watch what we’ve been watching for years as before.

Yes, I am so glad he’s coming back to the regular TV. I missed last year because I don’t get Disney+.

Yes I will start watching it again.

Will definitely watch it again now that it’s back on ABC

I am glad. I have Disney + but I still like it better on ABC…

I’m very happy it I returning to ABC. I love the show and couldn’t watch it last season. Thank you for bringing it back where it belongs

They forgot about the rest of us not into streaming. I will probably watch again.

This makes me happy…I missed seeing it.

So glad Dancing With the Stars is going back to ABC. We are retired and live on our SS..can’t afford all those $ stations. DWTS is a favorite program.

Definitely a good move, not everyone can afford to get the Disney Channel.

So happy Dancing with the Stars is returning to ABC ! Some people couldn’t afford the extra price of Disney +. I throughly enjoyed watching Dancing with the Stars!

VERY HAPPY!!! YES I WILL WATCH NOW.

I will watch it again because Julianne is co-hosting. I have not watched it since Tom was fired. A very bad move

It is about time DWTS returns to ABC. I have watched that show from the very first , loved it but don’t have the Disney
channel and Iam too old for learning how to stream.
Thank you for giving us back something worth watching.
So sad Lynn Goodman will not be with us but would bet he would be glad to be back on ABC.

So glad to hear DWTS is returning to ABC!! I do not have streaming on Disney so was really upset to not be able to watch this show I always loved@

Absolutely!!! Thank G-d!!!!

Yes yes yes. Thank you for moving back to ABC & getting rid of Tyra!

Am so happy. Being on a limited income,couldn’t afford it.

Oh, yeah! And glad Tyra is gone. She was a distraction, wore unflattering costumes and was not very good.

Have not watched since Tom left, didn’t care for the new hosts, guests or anything else. Will miss Len of course but will give it another try. Have not really seen much of Alphonso since his days so long ago on Silver Spoons. I knew he had talent then.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough Reveals Wife Hayley Erbert Undergoing Skull Surgery

Dancing with the Stars judge Derek Hough has revealed that today on December 20th, his wife Hayley Erbert will be undergoing skull surgery.

Previously this month, Erbert had to have an emergency craniectomy after being diagnosed with a cranial hematoma. The surgery on Wednesday is to replace “a large portion of her skull”, Hough shared, that was removed during the first procedure.

In the early hours on Wednesday, Hough took to his Instagram story and expressed: “I strongly believe all the prayers that have been sent with the intention and love of Hayley’s recovery has helped so much. I can’t thank you all enough.”

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Derek also added to, “Please keep her in your prayers as I believe the collective energy helped her through these past few weeks. We love you we thank you.”

Last week on Friday, Hough revealed that Erbert, 29, would need a skull implant in the coming weeks.  He offered up that, “the recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle,” and added that although, “Hayley is doing well,” she “still has a ways to go.”

As the holiday season is upon, Derek offered, “While this isn’t the holiday season either of us envisioned, it’s one that we’re incredibly grateful to have. We look forward to cherishing these moments with a deeper appreciation for life and the people in it.”

Send your well-wishes and prayers to Hayley and Derek as they go through this trying time via the comment section below.

 

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough Gives Update Following Wife Hayley Erbert’s Emergency Craniotomy

Over the last 48 hours, Dancing with the Stars judge and performer, Derek Hough shared on social media what happened to his wife, dancer Hayley Erbert when she underwent an emergency craniotomy after experiencing symptoms while on a dance tour with her husband.

In his first post on Thursday, Hough revealed that his wife of only three months “became disoriented and was taken to the hospital” while on their Symphony of Dance tour in Washington, D.C.  Ebert was later diagnosed with a “cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniotomy.”

In an update on the situation on Friday, Derek revealed: “Hayley has always inspired me with her will, her strength, and her resilience and no more so than in the last 48 hrs.  She is now on the long road to recovery Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the support and love that you have given us.  The kindness that we’ve been shown in this incredibly unfathomable and life-changing time is immeasurable. The offers of assistance that have poured in have been so humbling and appreciated. Our hope is that as a family, we can somehow and someway pay it forward.”

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Hough and Erbert first met during the So You Think You Can Dance tour in 2013. They then began began dating in 2015 while both were appearing on Dancing with the Stars and were married in August 2023.

On Hough’s most recent Instagram post, celebrities from the world of soaps, motion picture and films and fellow cast members from DWTS all commented on Derek’s update sending love and prayers Hayley’s way including: GH’s Finola Hughes, Selling Sunset and former soap star, Chrishell Stause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Matthew Morrison, Nina Dobrev, Emma Slater, Mira Sorvino, and Alfonso Ribiero.

Send you prayers, and well-wishes to Hayley and Derek while they go through this most challenging and difficult of times via the comment section below.

 

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Crowns Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy Winners of Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy

On the three-hour season 32 finale of Dancing with the Stars, it all came down to who would take home the Len Goodman Mirrorball trophy. This would mark the first time the winners would receive the coveted award named after the beloved head judge who passed away in 2022.

With a perfect score for each of their four last dances (from last week’s competitions and the finale), it was clear that the team to beat was Xochitl Gomez and her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. But would America feel the same?

After a stunning night of freestyle routines to close out the final round of competition, and a redemption dance performed earlier in the night, as deemed by one of the judges for the couples to improve upon from a previous performance, the five remaining couples put their best foot forward.

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Here’s how it shook out when hosts Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough revealed the results:

In fifth place: Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber.  Next, in fourth place were former ‘Bachelorette’ star Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev. Third place belonged to Vanderpump Rules star, Ariana Madix and her pro partner, Pasha Pashkov.

Then it all came down to two, Xochitl and Val, or Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and pro partner Daniella Karagach. Mraz had actually performed his latest single, “I Feel Like Dancing” shortly before the results portion of the show.

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The Season 31-winning celebrity contestant, Charli D’Amelio, returned to the ballroom floor to present the Mirrorball trophy to the winners. D’Amelio had performed earlier in the finale with her former pro partner, Mark Ballas, for a special routine.

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Jason and Daniella were announced in first place, as Xochitl and Val were announced the Len Goodman Mirror Ball Trophy winners. For Val, this marks his third victory in his Dancing with the Stars career. He previously won the Mirrorball trophy with Rumor Willis in 2015 and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez in 2016.

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In the finale, Gomez and Chmerkovskiy performed a redemption foxtrot to Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”, and finished with a freestyle dance to ‘Que Calor” by District 78.

Happy that Xochitl and Val won the season 32 Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy? Who did you think of the final results? Comment below.

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