For 17 years, Dancing With the Stars fans have tuned into ABC to watch celebs learn to ballroom dance for a Mirrorball Trophy. But this year, everything’s changing. Yep, stars are still foxtrotting and cha-cha-ing around. And yep, someone will still walk home with a Mirrorball Trophy. But for the first time ever, the show will not be airing on ABC. *collective gasp*
That’s right. If you want to watch Dancing With the Stars season 31, things might be a little more complicated—and potentially a little more pricey—this year. Here’s everything you need to know about where Dancing With the Stars airs now so you don’t miss a single spin, lift, or dip.
Where can I watch the new Dancing With the Stars season 31?
Instead of airing on ABC like it has for the past 30 seasons, DWTS is moving to streaming-only and can be found on Disney+.
This sparks big changes. For one, the show will air live across the country so those on the West coast can watch and vote along with those on the East cost. Also: There will not be any commercial breaks during the show. Just dancing and more dancing. (And plenty of over-the-top wardrobe changes from Tyra Banks, of course.)
When does Dancing With the Stars season 31 premiere?
The 31st season of Dancing With the Stars premieres today (Monday, September 19) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Tyra Banks is returning as host and will be joined by her new co-host, actor and season 19 winner Alfonso Ribeiro. All four judges from the previous season—Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough—are returning. And full celebrity cast list can be viewed here.
How do I get Disney+?
If you don’t already have Disney+, you’ll need it to watch Dancing With the Stars. Sorry to foil the routine you might have had for the past 17 years. A subscription to Disney+ is currently $7.99/month but an offer is available to get the first month for $1.99.
As reported by The Verge, on December 8, the price for an ad-free experience will be raised to $10.99/month, so keep that in mind. At that point, a subscription with ads will be available for $7.99/month. Subscribers who plan to have Disney+ long-term can get lower rates if they sign up for an entire year. There are also bundles available that include combinations of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.
Long story short: If you want to see if Teresa Giudice can do the Viennese waltz or if Samantha’s hot boyfriend from Sex and the City can rumba, you’ll need access to Disney+. No getting around it.
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