After a brief hiatus that had some Dancing With the Stars fans worried, the long-running show is set to be making its return for season 28 this fall. Ahead of the 2019 premiere, the notoriously tight-lipped ABC has teased a few upcoming changes to the program and some high-profile casting that they hope will boost the quality of the competitive ballroom dance show.
Here's everything we know so far about season 28:
When will season 28 air?
Dancing with the Stars has aired on Mondays since season 4 of the show, and the upcoming season will be no different. It is set to kick off on Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Who will the cast be?
The first two dancers were set to be announced on Good Morning America on Monday Aug. 5, according to a tweet put out by GMA. But Monday's show came and went with no announcement, leaving fans confused.
With no official cast announcements yet for season 28, rumors have continued to circulate as to who could be taking the stage this fall. One of the biggest names floating around is former Bachelorette Hannah Brown. The Dancing With the Stars stage is no stranger to Bachelor and Bachelorette alums, and according to reality TV blogger Reality Steve—whose predictions are usually right—Hannah is a likely contender. The former Miss Alabama previously trained as a dancer, so the competition wouldn’t be totally out of her element.
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Tyler Cameron, who vied for Hannah's heart on the most recent season of the Bachelorette, has also been rumored to be joining the cast. Reality Steve, however, seems to think that Tyler is a no-go.
Other names that have been thrown around online are season 21 winner Bindi Irwin’s brother Robert Irwin, and Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina Lohan. Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi threw her hat in the ring in May when she revealed that she had had “casual conversations” with the show’s producers.
In an interview with Deadline, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said that this season will feature some of the biggest names yet.
“I’m quite excited about the casting they’ve put together,” Burke said. “It’s not done, but the names that I have heard [are impressive]. I think it’s going to be a big season.”
What changes are coming?
The most noticeable change to the show’s format is the fact that it will now only air one season per year—as opposed to the typical two. And in the aftermath of complaints that the show has become a popularity contest rather than a dance contest (ahem, DJ Bobby Bones’ win last season despite consistently low scores from the judges), the producers have promised a few creative tweaks, but no concrete details have been provided as of yet.
Burke hinted at the fact that the changes will mimic versions of the show that air in other countries, stating, “the producers were just in last week talking about the casting and the creative evolution. It’s all very exciting. It won’t be major format changes, just tweaking and tinkering… the show’s been on so long and it’s been so successful elsewhere, I think they’ve done quite an impressive job of looking at what works.”
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