Some fans of “Dancing With the Stars” are angry with the show after a poster featuring host Tyra Banks and co-host Alfonso Ribeiro front and center.
Shared to Instagram, the poster features Banks and Ribeiro, as well as all the celebrities cast for season 31 of the show, which premieres on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022.
“We definitely see stars! ✨ Watch the incredible season premiere on September 19, only LIVE on @DisneyPlus! 😍,” reads the Instagram post.
In the comment section, some fans replied that they think the dancers should be in the spotlight, not Banks and Ribeiro.
“Still not sure why the poster doesn’t show the dancers front and center like it used to,” one person commented. “Always trying to make it all about Tyra.”
Another person wrote: “Another season where you Tyra painfully destroy this show.”
Others were surprised that Banks is still part of the competition show.
‘Is Tyra still there? That’s reason enough not to watch,” one person wrote.
Another commented: “Hopefully they’re trying to tone it down… MUCH down… Tyra. It’s NOT the Tyra show!!!”
“I want to watch it so bad it hurts but I just can’t get past Tyra Banks,” one person commented on the post. “She is the worst host ever!”
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 31 will air exclusively on Disney+. Judges Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman are all set to return for the upcoming season, although some changes will be made.
One of the changes is that each episode doesn’t have to last exactly two hours now that the show airs on a streaming service. in a interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Conrad Green shared that some episodes may be longer or shorter than the standard airtime.
“You used to always have to hit exactly two hours before the show,” he said. “We don’t have to do that anymore now that we’re on the streamer. There is not immediately another show that follows us. It’s not like there’s dead air when we’re a little under it. The show could run at a slightly more natural pace.”
He added: “The first show will be busy. It will be two hours full of people and stories and great performances. When we can get into the later shows, we can let it breathe a little bit more, and we can bring back some of the elements that people really liked, like group dancing, team dancing, or a dance marathon. That kind of thing, which is a fun way to see the cast get to know each other, work with each other and compete with each other in different ways.”
The biggest change for the season, however, is the addition of co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, who is a former Mirrorball champion. Season 29 and Season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars” were run with Tyra Banks taking on only the hosting duties. One of the reasons Ribeiro was drawn, Green revealed, was because there will be no advertising breaks for season 31 of the show.
“That coincided with bringing back the skybox, the area where all our celebrities can hang out and talk to Alfonso,” he said.
“Dancing With the Stars” premieres at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022.