The Premiere of DWTS Makes a Huge Change

The Premiere of DWTS Makes a Huge Change ...

On September 16, Dancing With the Stars and Disney Plus announced that they have made a significant format shift to the way the show operates, something that a regular-length season hasn't seen since 2006.

Lest you see any of the details and what this implies for the show, then read on:

During the Premiere, there will be an elimination.

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Disney Plus announced that season 31 would feature a elimination at the end of the two-hour premiere in a press release on Friday, September 16.

The press release says:

Fans may vote during the live stream of the show in the United States and Canada via This season, live online voting will be available in Canada. The judges' scores will be combined with the viewers' votes to determine which couples are in danger of elimination.

At the end of the premiere episode, one couple will be eliminated.

Kenny Mayne and Andrea Hale were eliminated on premiere night during season two; instead, the show would either wait a week to send someone home during the results show or the next night (or on night three if there were two nights of performances) when the competition was over. During a normal season, this hasnt occurred since 2006.

What does this mean for the schedule? Because we already know the finale will be held on Monday, November 21, it implies there will be at least two double eliminations along the way in order to have four couples dancing on the finale night.

Despite the fact that the producers chose to eliminate one couple on the first night, one of the benefits of the move to Disney Plus is that the entire country can watch it live and vote, as well as Canadian residents.

The Press Release Debuts the Opening Number and The Pairs Dances & Songs

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The opening number by the pros will be a stunning opening number for Diana Ross and Lizzo's video I'm Coming Out / About Damn Time.

The press release also teases, For their first performance, the celebrity and pro duo will perform dances that include the jive, tango, quickstep, cha cha, foxtrot, salsa, or Viennese waltz.

The following dance styles and songs are listed (in alphabetical order, not performance order):

  • Fitness model and actor Joseph Baena and pro Daniella Karagach will perform a jive to Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas
  • Movie star Selma Blair and pro Sasha Farber will perform a Viennese waltz to The Time of My Life by David Cook
  • Comedian, actor and singer Wayne Brady and pro Witney Carson will perform a cha cha to Shes A Bad Mama Jama (Shes Built, Shes Stacked) by Carl Carlton
  • Good Morning America contributor and WABC-TV New Yorks weather anchor Sam Champion, and pro Cheryl Burke will perform a foxtrot to Hold Me Closer by Elton John & Britney Spears
  • TikTok star Charli DAmelio and pro Mark Ballas will perform a cha cha to Savage (Major Lazer Remix) by Megan Thee Stallion
  • Heidi DAmelio (The DAmelio Show) and pro Artem Chigvintsev will perform a cha cha to Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya & P!nk
  • Country star Jessie James Decker and pro Alan Bersten will perform a cha cha to Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • TV star Trevor Donovan and pro Emma Slater will perform a quickstep to Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol
  • Daniel Durant (Oscar-winning CODA) and pro Britt Stewart will perform a tango to Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce
  • Teresa Giudice (The Real Housewives of New Jersey) and pro Pasha Pashkov will perform a tango to We Found Love by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  • Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore) and pro Koko Iwasaki will perform a salsa to Titi Me Pregunto by Bad Bunny
  • Charlies Angels star Cheryl Ladd and pro Louis van Amstel will perform a cha cha to Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye
  • Jason Lewis (Sex and the City) and pro Peta Murgatroyd will perform a cha cha to Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Drag queen superstar Shangela and pro Gleb Savchenko will perform a salsa to When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls
  • Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks and pro Brandon Armstrong will perform a cha cha to I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston
  • Gabby Windey (The Bachelorette) and pro Val Chmerkovskiy will perform a jive to As it Was by Harry Styles

On Disney Plus, Dancing With the Stars will resume for its 31st season on Monday, September 19.