Carrie Ann Inaba Gets Candid About ‘DWTS’s Migration to Disney +

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Carrie Ann Inaba and Derek Hough at the Critics Choice Real TV AwardsPhoto by Rich Polk/Getty Images for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards

Fans are finally getting some answers about the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. In a recent interview, longtime judge Carrie Ann Inaba hinted at how the show’s format after its migration to Disney +. Season 31 of DWTS does not have a premiere date at this time.


Carrie Ann Inaba recently got candid about what’s to come on the next season of DWTS. Even though casting hasn’t been made official just yet, the longtime judge has said that she will return to the panel and she’s looking forward to it.

“I will be definitely there next season at the judges’ table where I normally sit. I’m very excited about it. I think it’s going to be a really good change,” she said. “After 30 seasons, some shows don’t make it that far. The fact that we’re still evolving and trying new things, it says a lot about our brand.”


Inaba isn’t the only judge to unofficially confirm her return to the series. Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough have both shared their intentions to return for season 31. Besides the panel, Inaba is hoping to see Tyra Banks to return as the host this fall.

“Of course, we want Tyra!” Inaba said. “The thing about Dancing with the Stars is, once you’re on our show, you’re in the family. That’s so precious. We truly are family. Not many shows are as close as we are,” she added.

Carrie Ann Inaba Gets Candid About Format Changes

While the switch from cable to streaming will definitely be a change within itself, it doesn’t seem like the show will be too different in the long run. Inaba hinted that the competition series will be “a little bit different” than years prior.


“I think the difference is maybe live voting across the country. Maybe there’s gonna be some things that will come along with the scripts that I think people are gonna love,” she said. “People don’t always like change, but I think they’ll adapt.”

Even though it’s great to hear more, I think these comments should be taken with a grain of salt, since the network is likely still in pre-production of the upcoming season. Ahead of Inaba’s hints, Hough shared that the cast wants to experiment with the no commercial format. Instead of airing commercials, dancers are able to spend more time in the ballroom.

At this time, Dancing With the Stars has not revealed the new way to vote or the show’s general format. Instead, the cast continues to be in high spirits, with the hopes of good ratings on the horizon. All of the cast members that have spoken about the show’s migration to streaming have been confident in its abilities to thrive on the streaming platform.

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