Dancing with the Coronavirus…I Mean Stars

Dancing with the Stars has been on for over 15 years and is going to be starting its 29th season. Jeez. Unfortunately, it was revealed last month that Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews would not be returning and would be replaced solely by Tyra Banks. Yesterday, Good Morning America revealed the pros for the upcoming season and told us that the pros would have to live separately from one another, especially those that are married, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I included the list of pros for this season below:

Sharna Burgess

Peta Murgatroyd

Val Chmerkovskiy

Cheryl Burke

Keo Motsepe

Jenna Johnson

Alan Bersten

Brandon Armstrong

Sasha Farber

Pasha Pashkov

Emma Slater

Gleb Savchenko

Britt Stewart

Daniella Karagach

I have been watching Dancing with the Stars pretty religiously since around+ season 18, but watched bits and pieces of the show before that. I have always liked the stars that they get for the show and have been open minded about changes that have been made to the show. However, my loyalty to the show has waned since around season 24. I thought that there were too many shocking eliminations that made the show look cheap and potentially rigged and didn’t like the fact that the producers took away some of the creative license from the contestants and professionals in terms of song choice, costumes, etc. It shouldn’t have been the hosts that left and instead several of the producers, but it is what it is. I am willing to give Tyra Banks, who is also an executive producer, a chance to see what she can bring to the table.

I know that Dancing with the Stars is going to be different from other seasons since Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will not be hosting, but also because of the precautions that they have to take as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems kind of awkward to be doing the quickstep or the salsa with a mask over your face and then have a contestant hyperventilating because they just danced their butts off (I’m not sure if that will be the case, but you get my point). I understand the safety protections for those involved and want to do anything to make this virus extinct, but it still seems a little strange. Also, what happens if someone contracts COVID-19? Does production shut down completely? Obviously, there will minimal members of an audience or no audience at all, which is what keeps the dancers going and energized. It would have been easier to just postpone the season until the spring as it would not be so restrictive for those participating and awkward for the viewers.

I will begin a weekly review of the show once it premiers on September 14th. Stay tuned for my thoughts on an unprecedented season.

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