Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars kicked off this month with a ballroom full of new contestants in glittery costumes attempting to wow the judges with their fancy footwork. This season of the reality competition series is undergoing some big changes, including a new co-host on the stage. But perhaps the biggest change is how to watch it. This fall, the long-running DWTS is moving from its prior home on ABC to stream exclusively on Disney+, making it the first live show on the streaming service.
What's more, DWTS is foregoing its usual ad breaks by streaming commercial free on the platform for Season 31. This is a huge change for the series since dancers and crew usually take advantage of the breaks for outfit changes, staging, and more, but they seemed to manage just fine on night one by adding some quick dances by the pros in between interviews.
Season 31 ushered in 16 new contestants onto the ballroom floor along with their partners. While last season marked the first time a same-sex couple hit the stage with Jojo Siwa and Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, Season 31 makes history with Shangela and Gleb Savchenko as the first male duo on the show. Shangela is also the very first drag queen to be cast as a contestant.
Here's everything we know so far about the current Season 31:
After receiving the lowest score for two episodes in a row, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her partner Pasha Pashkov were sent home on "Elvis Night." Guidice's jive to "All Shook Up" by the King of Rock and Roll earned a score of 23/40, which sadly wasn't enough to save her from elimination.
Guidice and Pashkov are the second couple to be booted off the show this season. Sex and the City star Jason Lewis and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were the first couple of the season to be eliminated with the second to lowest score on night one.
Season 31 had its opening night on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. The show streams live coast-to-coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, so everyone in the U.S. and Canada will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancers, not just people in the Eastern and Central time zones.
There's a new co-host on Dancing With the Stars this season. In addition to Tyra Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro (who was the Season 19 winner with pro Witney Carson) will be picking up the mic alongside the supermodel.
This season's pros include Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Brandon Armstrong, Daniella Karagach, and Pasha Pashkov, to name a few. Lindsay Arnold and Sharna Burgess have confirmed that they will not be back this season.
ABC announced the contestants vying for this year's mirrorball on Sept. 8. Here's everyone we will be seeing hit the dance floor:
The DWTS and Disney+ official Twitter accounts posted this promo on August 11, inviting viewers to "make your heart dance in a whole new way" as the series moves to streaming:
It's safe to assume Disney night will be all sorts of magical this year!
Seasons 31 of DWTS streams live on Disney+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is available to replay afterwards. Prior seasons are currently unavailable to stream.
Dancing With the Stars was picked up for two seasons by Disney+, and Season 31 is streaming ad-free this fall. Disney recently announced it will be introducing an ad-supported version of the streaming platform starting Dec. 8, but DWTS typically crowns a winner before then so it won't interfere with Season 31. Disney has yet to decide if Season 32 will continue streaming ad-free or go back to its commercial ways.