Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro from E!

‘DWTS’ Hosts Defend The Show’s Move To Disney+ This Year

Dancing With the Stars, Disney Plus, News, Reality TV

DWTS is going to be on Disney+ this year and the move hasn’t been an entirely popular decision with fans. In fact, Carrie Ann Inaba even addressed the backlash on her public social media page. However, Season 31 will air on Disney+ this year, whether fans like it or not.

Now, the show’s co-hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro are defending the exec team’s decision to move platforms. What exactly did they have to say about the issue?

The DWTS hosts believe fans should be happy about the switch

This year, there will be 16 competing couples on Dancing With The Stars. This is a pretty high number of contestants, but that’s great news for eager viewers. This means that there will likely be more episodes to enjoy throughout the season. And co-hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro say that’s definitely something to look forward to.

Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro from E!
Tyra Banks & Alfonso Ribeiro/E!

“One of the things that I think is so important that people don’t recognize on this show is it’s actually a show about a journey,” Alfonso told E! “It’s a story, and we’re telling 16 individual stories weekly. And our goal is to make sure that we get to tell their story. What are they going through? What is that week like?”

This year there won’t be any commercials, which means judges will have more time to give feedback and the show will have more time to explore the stories of each contestant.

Dancing With The Stars Season 31 cast from Instagram
Dancing With The Stars/Instagram

However, Tyra Banks did admit the producers would still let her know when to cut people off and to keep the show moving.

“They were like, ‘Tyra, we’re still gonna say that. We’re still gonna make you tell the judges to tie it up, but they’re gonna have more time,'” the supermodel told E! “It hurts my soul to have to cut the judges off because of this time, but by not having the commercials, we’re gonna be able to see a bit more breath and air.”

When can fans tune in and watch?

Fans can tune into Disney+ tomorrow night at 8 PM eastern time to catch the live stream. Many fans have vowed to boycott the show, but others will still tune in and watch. Viewers in the pacific time zone will be able to catch the live stream at 5 PM their time. This means they will get all the same information at the same time as viewers on the east coast. However, many will just be getting off of work and may not be able to catch the beginning of the episode.

Many are interested to see if the move to a live stream will pay off in the end. This season could really make or break DWTS as fans know it.

Who you will be rooting for this year? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments and see what happens with Dancing With The Stars next.

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