The show’s quest to evolve included changing hosts, to ensure a refreshed pace for it.
When a show like Dancing With The Stars changes its host, who has been there since the beginning, an uproar from its oldest fans should be expected. That was the case when co-hosts, Tom Bergeron (season 1 to 28) and Erin Andrews (season 8 to 28), did not make it to season 29, which is its current season.
The producers of the show have opened up about the shocking replacement of the hosts. The reasoning behind the change was kept under wraps when the sudden change was made. Now, however, it is out in the open and there are no hard feelings. Executive producer, Andrew Llinares said that change would be the best thing for a show that has had many seasons, like theirs.
“I think changing the host was all about evolution, it was about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new [and] kind of make it reach out — maybe to a new audience as well, as well as the audience that’s been there for years,” he stated. Speaking to ‘iHeart Radio’ in September 2020, he also spoke on the decision to move from two hosts to one. “I think it’s working brilliantly with the one host. I think it’s really refreshed the pace of the show, actually. I think it’s taken it to a new pace, in terms of moving faster and just feeling different. I think there’s a real danger when a show’s been on for a long time that the audience almost gets bored of the rhythm,” he said.
The show’s new host is supermodel, Tyra Banks. Its twenty-ninth season premiered in September 2020 on ABC. The winners of the latest season were announced as The Bachelorette star, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and her professional dance partner, Artem Chigvinstev.