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Dancing with the Stars 2020: Everything you need to know

The world turns, another decade slips by, a future full of uncertainty looms. But there are still things we can cling to. Such as sparkly reality TV in which the vaguely famous vie to prove their mastery of the paso doble and the Viennese waltz. We may live in a time of endless cha-cha-changes. But we’ll always have the cha-cha-cha. So yes, welcome back Dancing with the Stars – we’ve only just realised how much we missed you.

Last year, it was upheaval ahoy on the highest-rating RTÉ series that doesn’t feature Brendan O’Carroll in an apron pretending to forget his lines. Most notably, Amanda Byram had departed as presenter, with Jennifer Zamparelli in as her replacement. The likeable Zamparelli is back in 2020, alongside Nicky Byrne as her foil/talking man-quiff. Also returning are the regular trio of judges: Loraine Barry, Julian Benson and Brian Redmond, the token Simon Cowell/Craig Revel Horwood-style baddie on the bench.

Dancing with the Stars 2019 brought us the first ever victory for a female celeb in Ireland’s Fittest Family host Mairéad Ronan. Could that feat be repeated in season four? Ahead of Sunday night’s launch episode, it really is anyone’s guess. One early frontrunner, or so bookies believe, is 2FM’s Lottie Ryan, by dint of her time at the Broadway Dance Academy. Fair City’s Ryan Andrews and Big Brother graduate Brian Dowling are fancied too, though in Dowling’s case this has less to do with his own track record in setting the floor alight than with the fact he is married to a choreographer.

But if we learned anything from last year’s Dancing with the Stars it’s to be on the lookout for dark horses. Ronan flew below the radar early on and was throughly out-dazzled in the first few episodes by early pace-setters Johnny Ward and Cliona Hagan. However, steady progress and the connection she forged with the voting public ultimately carried the day. Don’t be surprised if the eventual winner in 2020 brings the same mix of underdog grit and unassuming charisma.

Who are the contestants?

Glenda Gilson and Robert Rowinski

Glenda Gilson (38)
Partner: Robert Rowinski
With Xposé having ascended to the great makeup counter in the sky, model-turned-presenter Gilson is back on RTÉ. She was the first celeb announced for 2020 and will dance with veteran pro hoofer Rowinski. He had a knockout 2019, reaching the final as partner of Cliona Hagan. Can he and Gilson repeat that feat in 2020? Gilson certainly isn’t talking up her chances and believes she will experience opening night nerves.

“I’m kind of a little bit scared to be honest with you,” she confesses. “I’m not a dancer, so this is totally out of my comfort zone, I’ve never danced before.”

Grainne Gallanagh and Kai Widdrington

Grainne Gallanagh (25)
Partner: Kai Widdrington
Having reached the final 20 in the Miss Universe contest two years ago, the Buncrana native and Letterkenny IT graduate now makes her reality TV debut. She’s dancing with Kai Widdrington (a 2012 Britain’s Got Talent finalist), who placed eighth dancing with Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe in 2019.

As with Gilson, Gallanagh has hinted at possible first night jitters – but also seems thrilled just to be here. “I am nervous though about picking up the dances quick enough but I’m going to try my absolute best and bring in my competitive spirit while enjoying the experience overall”.

Aidan Fogarty and Emily Barker

Aidan Fogarty (37)
Partner: Emily Barker
With five All-Ireland medals the Kilkenny hurler will feel he has nothing to prove in front of a huge audience baying for a bit of drama. But let’s not forget that 2019 was an underwhelming year for athletes on Dancing with the Stars with both footballer Dennis Bastick and rugby player Peter Stringer not so much setting the floor alight as leaving it very mildly singed.

Thus it falls on Fogarty – nickname “Tag” we can exclusively reveal – to restore the reputation of the sportspeople of Ireland. As a nippy corner forward, he is perfectly placed to excel and dances with Emily Barker, who reached the final last year with Johnny Ward.

“I’ve played in All-Ireland finals and I was coming up here today thinking I’d have taken an All-Ireland Final any day over this,” he says of his first visit to the studio in Bray. “Really excited and really nervous is probably the best way to describe how I’m feeling.”

Brian Dowling and Laura Nolan

Brian Dowling (41)
Partner: Laura Nolan
Dowling was there for the birth of reality TV as winner of the second season of Channel 4’s Big Brother. Back then the genre truly was a passport to the big (ish) time and he has since worked in Ireland and the UK as a television presenter, even returning to host Big Brother on Channel 5.

For his next trick he beams down to Bray for a tilt at a the Glitterball trophy. He will take to the floor with Laura Nolan, a champion ballroom dancer from Lucan appearing in her first season of Dancing with the Stars.

“When I reached 40 I told myself I was going to start doing things I usually say no to and this is one of those things,” explains Dowling. “It’s based on your ability to learn a new skill and at my age I’m in my comfort zone… so I’m really pushing myself.”

Lottie Ryan and Pasquale La Rocca

Lottie Ryan (34)
Partner: Pasquale La Rocca
She has studied at the Broadway Dance Centre, describing it as “just like Fame”. Will this give an early advantage to the 2FM presenter (and daughter of the late Gerry Ryan)? That remains to be seen, though unlike several other contestants nerves are unlikely to be an issue. She can’t wait to get going, insisting “It’s going to be a once in a lifetime incredible adventure and I cannot wait to get stuck in”. Her pro partner La Rocca makes his debut on Dancing with the Stars Ireland but knows exactly what he’s in for having just won the Belgian version.

Mary Kennedy and John Nolan

Mary Kennedy (65)
Partner: John Nolan
The retiring Nationwide presenter has been in the news for non-Glitterball related reasons. She has described as “ridiculous” RTÉ regulations requiring her to step down from her job because she has turned 65. She will, however, be on the airwaves for several more weeks at least thanks to Dancing with the Stars, where she is partnered with last year’s winning pro John Nolan. The Clondalkin native and former English teacher (and aunt of pop star Dermot Kennedy) said she was “quite petrified” about the challenge ahead.

“I’ve always been a fan and I’ve come out to watch the live show every year it’s been on, so now it’s time to pony up and put my money where my mouth is.”

Michael Carruth and Karen Byrne

Michael Carruth (52)
Partner: Karen Byrne
Olympic boxing gold medallist Carruth will be stepping into a different sort of ring at the studios in Bray. The experience won’t be entirely new as he competed in Irish dancing reality show Celebrity Jigs ‘n’ Reels in 2006 (placing a respectable fourth). Can he swing to hit on Dancing with the Stars?

“At 52 years of age I still love to give myself challenges,” he says. “And this is a huge challenge and I’m looking forward to it.” He pairs up with series regular Karen Byrne, whose previous celebrity partners on the series were Des Cahill, Jake Carter (the eventual season two winner) and Darren Kennedy.

Fr Ray Kelly and Kylee Vincent

Fr Ray Kelly (66)
Partner: Kylee Vincent
Singing priest Father Ray became a sensation when a clip of his performance of the Leonard Cohen standard Hallelujah at a wedding in Oldcastle, Co Meath went viral. He released two albums with Universal Music and reached the knock-out stages of Britain’s Got Talent (doing Everybody Hurts by REM).

Now we’ll see the piping padre swapping the microphone for a pair of dancing shoes – but will it be divine rapture or a holy show? “If you asked me to sing 10 songs… no problem,” he says. “But no I have to use my feet and we’re into a whole different ball game when I have to use the feet.” His partner is Pretoria-born choreographer Vincent, making her debut on the show.

Ryan Andrews and Guilia Dotta

Ryan Andrews (26)
Partner: Giulia Dotta
The Fair City actor is among the favourites to triumph in 2020. Last year Love/ Hate’s Johnny Ward raised the bar for thesps by reaching the final. Can Carrigstown regular Andrews go one better? As a mainstay of the Olympia Christmas panto, he certainly knows a few things about maintaining his poise while dressed outrageously. And once you’ve belted your lungs out in front of hundreds of sugar-saturated eight-year-olds, it’s hard to be daunted by a Sunday evening glitter extravaganza in Bray.

“I’m a Strictly fan from years and years ago – myself my Mam and Dad always watch it,” he says. “And then Dancing with the Stars came to Ireland, same thing, every Sunday night.” He dances with Giulia Dotta, who impressed last year opposite funnyman Fred Cooke.

Sinead O’Carroll and Ryan McShane

Sinéad O’Carroll (46)
Partner: Ryan McShane
Having bedazzled/struck terror into a generation of pop fans as one quarter of B*witched, O’Carroll now turns to reality TV. She has some history with the medium, having appeared in the ITV2 docudrama The Big Reunion (in which a number of Nineties pop acts attempt to put the show back on the road). And as a pop star, dancing and wearing sparkly costumes is obviously all in a day’s work. So whatever other challenges the series presents, studio spotlights and an attentive audience won’t come as a shock to her.

“My kids are so excited; they just told me I have to be good… so the pressure is on from them,” she says. “I’m a little nervous too about stepping out and doing something by myself as I always had the girls around me. But I think once I get the first dance done, I’ll hopefully be fine.”

Her dance partner, Ryan McShane, returns for his fourth season. He will hope to do better last year when he was first eliminated, with celeb Eilish O’Carroll.

Yewande Biala and Stephen Vincent

Yewande Biala (23)
Partner: Stephen Vincent
Enfield, Co Meath biotech graduate Biala did well maintaining her dignity while all around were shedding their own – along with their various under-garments – on the most recent season of Love Island.

Biala now swaps the sun-lounger for the dance-floor. She has described herself as rather on the nerdy side. Will her geek chic chime with viewers?

“I’m super excited, just excited to learn new moves and meet new people,” she says. “It’ll be interesting to get to know everyone. I just want to enjoy the experience overall really.” Her Manchester-born pro dance partner Vincent is making his debut on Dancing with the Stars.

What can we expect from the first show?

Thrills, spills – maybe a few chills if Nicky Byrne tries some of his patented “banter” (please do not try some of your patented “banter”, Nicky). Celebs and dancers have been rehearsing since early December but are essentially still at the getting-to-know-each-other stage, so look out for some beginner flubs. One thing we won’t see is an early knock-out as elimination by public vote doesn’t begin until week three.

When can you catch it?

Every Sunday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on RTÉ One from Sunday, January 5th. Fans of Bláthnaid Treacy’s behind the scenes spin-off series Can’t Stop Dancing will be disappointed as the show has been axed due to budget cuts at RTÉ. Instead there will be a weekly Dancing with the Stars podcast hosted by James Patrice.

What to watch for?

First night nerves are a given as contestants make their debut on the dancefloor. There will be a group performance and then – cue sheer white-knuckle terror – each individual pairing will step beneath the spotlight. From that moment, what is done cannot be undone.

Keep an eye out for potential dark horses. As Ronan’s triumph last year demonstrated, the Irish public loves an underdog story and the most dazzling dancer out of the gates may not ultimately carry the day.

This being Ireland, localised voting has been an issue in the past – though not in the case of Ronan – so hometown heroes and heroines may be in with a holler. However all of that is in the future. Launch night is all about getting a sense of who has the potential to excel and who will be clod-hopping their way to an early exit.

Who’s going to win?

If panto veteran Andrews can emulate the scorching Johnny Ward he has every chance of gaining the gong. There is also the question of whether Lottie Ryan’s dance training will stand to her. And can sports stars Fogarty and Carruth bring their indomitable will to win to this competition? We’re about to find out. So pull up a chair, forget that it’s just turned 2020 and, golly, aren’t we all getting so old… and let the hoofing begin.

Dancing with the Stars begins on RTÉ One on Sunday, January 5th

Dancing With the Stars is likely to return for a 29th season after ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke called the last season “resurgent.”

Burke admitted that it hadn’t made a final decision to renew the BBC Studios-produced show, but told Deadline that she expected it to return.

“The show had a terrific season, use the word resurgent for a reason,” she said.

The 28th season of the series premiered on September 16 and ran through until November 25 with Bachelorette star Hannah Brown beating out the likes of country music singer Lauren Alaina, actor and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell and Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke to win the competition.

Last year’s series also caused controversy with the casting of Donald Trump’s former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and progression to the quarterfinals despite his very poor dancing as well as the elimination of fan favorite James Van Der Beek.

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Burke also addressed the Spicer issue. She joked about Spicer’s ability to stay on the show. “It’s a ballroom dancing show, it’s not a political show. The contestants came with the spirit of that. The audience votes,” she added, speaking at the Winter TCA Press Tour.

Burke’s comments come after she said in August that she hoped a number of format changes, as well as the fact the dancing competition would only air once a year, would refresh it for the future.

The show is hosted by Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. It is exec produced by Andrew Llinares.

America’s favorite dance show is going back on tour this winter with “Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020.” This all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers wowing audiences with every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. The show continues its legacy of performing showstopping routines alongside new numbers choreographed just for the live show, ranging from the time-honored dances of the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango – and everything in between. In the longest and most expansive North American tour to date, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, glamour and glitz they see in the ballroom every Monday night, live in their hometowns.

The tour delivers a spectacular night of dance performances from world-renowned dancers including Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, with more surprise casting to be announced.

“The Office” actress Kate Flannery will be joining the Live Tour 2020 cast as a special guest during the AMT shows in January.

January 21 | January 22 | January 23
-One reserved ticket in the front row*
-Meet & Greet and Professional Photo Op with select cast members of the DWTS touring cast
-Access to pre-show DWTS Meet & Mingle Party, including:
-Mingle with select members of the DWTS touring cast
-Photo booth to capture additional photo of yourself at the VIP party
-One (1) drink ticket valid for the pre-show Meet & Mingle Party
-VIP Meet & Greet laminate
-Exclusive Autographed Tour Program
-Exclusive Dancing with the Stars gift item
-Pre-show merchandise shopping opportunity
-On-site VIP host and ticket pick-up
*See specific date for details

January 21 | January 22 | January 23
-One reserved ticket in rows 2 through 10*
-Meet & Greet and Professional Photo Op with select cast members of the DWTS touring cast
-Access to pre-show DWTS Meet & Mingle Party, including:
-Mingle with select members of the DWTS touring cast
-Photo booth to capture additional photo of yourself at the VIP party
-One (1) drink ticket valid for the pre-show Meet & Mingle Party
-VIP Meet & Greet laminate
-Exclusive Dancing with the Stars gift item
-Pre-show merchandise shopping opportunity
-On-site VIP host and ticket pick-up
*Locations may vary. See specific date for details

January 21 | January 22 | January 23
-One reserved ticket in rows 11 through 20*
-Meet & Greet and Professional Photo Op with select cast members of the DWTS touring cast
-Access to pre-show DWTS Meet & Mingle Party, including:
-Mingle with select members of the DWTS touring cast
-Photo booth to capture additional photo of yourself at the VIP party
-One (1) drink ticket valid for the pre-show Meet & Mingle Party
-VIP Meet & Greet laminate
-Exclusive Dancing with the Stars gift item
-Pre-show merchandise shopping opportunity
-On-site VIP host and ticket pick-up
*Locations may vary. See specific date for details

January 21 | January 22 | January 23
-One reserved ticket in rows 16 through 25
-Exclusive Dancing with the Stars gift item
-On-site VIP host and ticket pick-up
*Please note there is no Meet & Greet included in the Hot Seat Package

American Music Theatre is proud to welcome all types of shows and concerts to our stage. Sometimes during the course of a performance, audience members will show their enthusiasm by standing and dancing, or may approach the stage, especially when encouraged by the performers to do so. Please know that AMT will make every effort to insure the safety of all guests, while presenting an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Dancing With the Stars will not be coming back in the spring of 2020.

Just like last year, ABC has decided to nix the dance series from its spring lineup. Instead, American Idol will fill the Monday night time slot for part of the third season’s run. This is the second time DWTS has taken a year-long break since the competition show began a spring-fall schedule in 2007.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten win the Mirrorball trophy on November 25, 2019. David Livingston

Last year’s decision to forego a spring season came on the heels of Bobby Bones’s controversial first-place finish. As folks who watched the show know, the country music radio host consistently scored low marks throughout the season but ended up winning thanks to fan votes. This inspired producers to tweak the way scores were calculated for the most recent season, which was intended to give judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman more of a say.

But that controversy aside, ABC faced even more widespread backlash when the show announced that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would be in the 2019 cast. Countless fans even threatened to “boycott” the network and dance show over his participation.

Does this mean Dancing With the Stars is getting canceled, or will it come back later in 2020?

If we had to guess, skipping the spring cycle of DWTS is not a sure sign that the dance show will be gone forever. While no announcements have yet been made, our best guess is, like last year, Dancing With the Stars will return in the fall of 2020.

With that being said though, ABC may have to continue to make formatting changes to revamp their rating numbers. According to Nielsen figures, the 2019 season averaged a .86 rating in the 18-49 age demo and 6.7 million viewers — a drop from the 2018 season, which earned a .93 rating and attracted 7.12 million viewers overall. What’s more, the year before earned a 1.37 rating and 9.3 million viewers.

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Charlie Sheen, Christie Brinkley, NFL’s Ryan Shazier on ‘DWTS’ Season 29 Wish List

The next season of “Dancing With the Stars” won’t premiere until fall 2020, but ABC is already having preliminary conversations about which celebrities they’d like to recruit for Season 29 — and Charlie Sheen is at the top of the list, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sheen recently revealed that he had been given a firm offer to join the last season of “,” but he turned down ABC’s request to participate in Season 28 because he was too afraid to dance. But Variety has learned that ABC still very much has an eye on Sheen for Season 29.

“We’ve met with ,” said Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment’s senior VP of alternative series, specials and late-night programming, confirms to Variety. “I don’t think it’s a huge secret because he came out and talked about it, but I would still love Charlie Sheen to come on.”

“I found him to be one of the nicest, most charming people,” Mills says of Sheen. “He is just a born entertainer and I think people would love to see him, but it may not be for him. What I really found very sweet about him is he basically said, ‘I really don’t dance. I’ve got two left feet.’ So there’s a real sweetness and vulnerability, which would be really fun to showcase on the show.”

ABC is also keeping an eye on NFL player Ryan Shazier, who was near-paralyzed after sustaining a serious spine injury during a game in 2017. A video of the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker dancing at his wedding this year went viral, with fans elated to see Shazier dancing again, hopeful that he’ll be able to return to the field.

“Two years ago, he was hit on a Monday Night Football game and doctors feared he was paralyzed, and he has learned to walk again. Those are those great stories that are really what ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is all about — here’s somebody who has overcome something, and when you do that, you dance,” Mills says of Shazier. “He would be great.”

ABC might also take a look at the rest of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” cast, following cast member Karamo Brown’s turn in the ballroom this past season. Mills teases, “Karamo was so wonderful this year that one of the other ‘’ guys would be great.”

Mills explains that 29 seasons into the series, ABC is in the phase of trying to nab the stars that they’ve always wanted on the show. Last season, the network was successful in securing Christie Brinkley, who was on ABC’s wish list for years, but shortly into the competition, Brinkley suffered an injury and had to drop out of the show, with her daughter, model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, taking her place for the rest of the season. The ABC exec reveals that the network is “absolutely talking about” bringing Brinkley back for another try.

“Talk about people that you wanted forever! That’s !” Mills says. “We were celebrating when she said she would do it, and then, as you saw, she broke her wrist. It was such a great story that Christie was able to watch her daughter, Sailor, do it — that was the classic story that ‘Dancing With the Stars’ does so great; when you make lemonade out of lemons. But now we’d love to see her back dancing in the ballroom.”

While Mills and his team at ABC have a wish list for Season 29 in the works, the network does not comment on casting ahead of any official cast announcements.

Last season, Sean Spicer’s involvement in the show drew backlash from media experts and fans alike, but that doesn’t mean “DWTS” will rule out casting another polarizing political figure. (Keep in mind, Season 29 will be airing in fall 2020, coinciding with the presidential election.)

“I think you never say never to anything,” Mills responds when asked about the possibility of casting another political lightning rod. “We would never say never to someone in politics. We would look at anything, potentially, if it were good for the show.”

Asked about the Spicer backlash, the exec says when casting, “You want people to feel something and not feel apathy. You don’t want to upset people and turn them off.”

“At the end of the day, we’re talking about a ballroom dancing competition — we weren’t asking Sean Spicer to lead a debate or do anything political — but you have to look at the reaction and we saw what people said,” he adds. “I was frankly stunned that people still cared that much about Sean Spicer. I mean, gosh, he had been out of the public eye for about a year. But clearly I was wrong.”


Will ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Return In Spring 2020? Don’t Expect It

Dancing with the Stars has graced screens for 28 seasons, pitting television stars, film actors, musicians, athletes, and internet personalities against one another in a dance competition to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. But despite its long history on ABC’s Monday nights, the future of the DWTS is in the air: It looks like Dancing with the Stars will not return in Spring 2020, and there’s no official word when it might come back.

While there’s a slight chance DWTS is cancelled altogether, there’s much more reason to believe the show is simply taking a hiatus and will come back in fall 2020. This wouldn’t be the first time DWTS took a breather between seasons; despite airing two seasons (one in the spring and one in the fall) per year since 2004, the show didn’t have a spring run in 2019. Obviously, the show came back for the fall 2019 season, so this could be the case again for 2020.

Back in February, ABC president Karey Burke told reporters the network was having “conversations” about DWTS returning for its typical two-season schedule for 2020. However, without a spring 2020 air date, it looks like the decision was “no,” at least for this coming year.

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On the bright side, the year-long hiatus would give the professional dancers a well-deserved break from the vigorous schedule that comes with teaching celebrities how to tango, foxtrot, and boogie. It also gives producers more time to brainstorm new ideas to keep the show fresh and recruit some top-tier talent for the celebrity lineup. “Resting the show does help us really, really focus on talent and … help us go after talent,” Burke said about 2019’s break.

The interest in keeping things fresh might be a good decision for the show that seems to have had trouble keeping viewers interested the past several years. Recent reports indicate the series has lost viewers over time, dropping from 9.3 million viewers in 2017 to 7.12 million in 2018, and then down to 6.7 million in 2019.

Some loss in viewership might be attributed to some controversy that has impacted the past two seasons. For example, country music radio host Bobby Bones’ Season 27 win was considered highly contentious. Because of the way scoring was calculated, Bones’ high fan votes allowed him to win Season 27, despite often earning poor scores from the show’s official judging panel. During the long break between seasons that followed, producers shifted the way voting was done to avoid similar situations in the future.

The (likely) spring 2020 break comes after — but isn’t necessarily caused by — another controversy, in which ABC received severe backlash after casting former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in Season 28.

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Controversy aside, the potential year-long break could be just what producers need to come up with ideas that will keep viewers engaged for the next season. Audiences will have to stay tuned for official announcements from ABC to see if, and hopefully when, the show will return.

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What’s This TV Show About?

An ABC competitive reality TV series, Dancing with the Stars is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba serve as judges. Celebrities competing in cycle 28 are Lauren Alaina, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Kate Flannery, Karamo, Ray Lewis, Kel Mitchell, Lamar Odom, Sean Spicer, James Van Der Beek, and Mary Wilson.

The professional dance partners this cycle are Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater.

Season 28 Ratings

The 28th season of Dancing with the Stars averaged a 0.86 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.74 million viewers. Compared to season 27 (Fall 2018), that’s down by 7% in the demo and down by 5% in viewers. Find out how Dancing with the Stars stacks up against other ABC TV shows.

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Sorry, “Dancing with the Stars” fans, but the show won’t be back in the spring again. A spring installment wasn’t expected, especially since the show has yet to be officially renewed, but its absence from ABC’s midseason premiere dates announcement on Thursday confirmed what we all knew.

2020 will be the second consecutive year “Dancing” has skipped the spring season since it started its spring-fall rotation in March 2007 with Season 4. The series took a lengthy hiatus after the polarizing 27th season last fall that saw Bobby Bones win, leading to a new production team and a revamped voting system that gave the judges the final call in who to send home. “American Idol,” which will premiere its third season on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8/7c and airs on Mondays for part of the run, is another reason “Dancing” has been sidelined in the spring (and had that four-week “Athletes” outing in 2018).

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But the 28th season has not been without controversy itself, thanks to Sean Spicer‘s casting and progression to the quarterfinals despite his very poor dancing. And then the judges eliminated James Van Der Beek, one of the season-long favorites, in the semifinal in his first appearance in the bottom two after he and his wife suffered a miscarriage.

In February, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said the network was “in conversations” about whether the show would eventually return to its twice-a-year format, but didn’t guarantee anything. In May, she said she hoped the long break in between seasons and the show’s new tweaks would freshen it and extend its life.

The assumption, even by the pros, is that “Dancing” will return for a 29th installment next fall. We can probably look to Tom Bergeron‘s sign-off on Monday’s finale for a hint. Last year, before ABC confirmed “Dancing” would skip the spring, Bergeron shared that he had only been cleared to say “See you next year” on the finale.

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Will ‘DWTS’ Return For Season 29? The Show May Be Scaling Back

Though it’s yet to be announced if Dancing with the Stars will return for Season 29, there’s reason to believe the ABC mainstay will be back for more episodes. Yes, this season’s ratings have been considerably less impressive than in previous years, but the reality competition series has remained a solid part of ABC’s primetime lineup for well over a decade, making it unlikely that the network would suddenly cancel it.

That being said, the show may be scaling back. ABC has aired two DWTS season per year since 2006 — one in the spring and one in the fall. This year, however, the network opted out of its usual spring run and instead waited until fall to debut the one and only 2019 season. It’s possible ABC will continue this approach for Season 29, skipping the spring cycle and instead coming back on air in fall 2020. The lack of news about Dancing with the Stars’ renewal makes much much more sense in that context; though Season 28 wasn’t announced until May 2019, it was never expected to be canceled. If Season 29 follows the same pattern, it’s possible an announcement might not be made until next spring.

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The likelihood of this being the case is increased by the fact that Dancing with the Stars was notably absent from the midseason premiere dates released by ABC on Nov. 21. Furthermore, while ABC president Karey Burke told reporters in February that she was “in conversations” about the possibility of DWTS returning to a two seasons per year format, those discussions seem to have concluded by May, when Burke insisted that a one season per year format was vital not just for the professional dancers on the show, but for the network’s ability to get great celebrity performers on board.

“Resting the show does help us really, really focus on talent and … help us go after talent,” Burke explained at Disney TV’s upfront presentations, per GoldDerby. “We’re going after bigger stars than we have in a long time, so watch this space for future announcements.”

All of these things considered, it seems like Dancing with the Stars Season 29 is a long way off, as is an official announcement. But it certainly sounds like the show isn’t going anywhere, which should give eager fans at least some peace of mind.