The Dancing With The Stars Season 29 premiere is less than a week away! Are you excited? You’ve probably heard that things will look a little differently this season. One of the biggest changes is that there won’t be a live audience this year. But it doesn’t stop there. Production teams are working hard to ensure the show continues as safely as possible.
Showrunner Andrew Llinares and ABC alternative chief Rob Mills recently spoke about the changes with Deadline.
“The challenge for us is that we still want to do what we normally do on the show and bring it back better than ever and evolve it but now we have this whole additional prism to look at it through. We want to make sure from a COVID point of view that we’re bringing it back safely for everyone in the cast and crew and have a show that we can all get really excited about,” says Llinares. Mills chimes in that they hope it’ll still be the same show everyone loves.
What New Rules Will Dancing With The Stars Have?
The DWTS team knew if it was possible to conduct live sporting events, it was possible to do the new season. They just needed to figure out how to pull it off.
All the contestants relocated to Los Angeles well before the premiere so they could quarantine. Judge’s desks will be eight feet apart, and contestants must also stay at least eight feet apart from the table. Participants will regularly be tested for COVID-19 and must social distance away from other competitors. Even married couples have to live apart while filming.
It sounds like a lot of rules, but it’s for the best. The show can continue if the DWTS team can keep everyone safe.
It won’t be quite the same without the live studio audience cheering on the dancers, but the production team is taking care of that too.
“What we didn’t want to have in the ballroom was loads of empty seats, we wanted it to look like there was a purpose to it so we’re redesigning the ballroom. We’re going to put in some extra screens, it’s going to look like the show was always designed to look this way,” Llinares continues.
Both Llinares and Mills are confident viewers will be pleased with the new season, even with all the changes.
“It will still feel exactly the same and give you that two-hour break from what’s going on in the world,” Mills says. It will be interesting to see if it does.
Dancing With The Stars returns on September 14. Don’t forget to tune in! Are you planning to watch the show? Let us know what you think in the comments below. We’re always curious to hear what you think.
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