TikTok, Rylee Arnold are Reviving ‘Dancing With The Stars’
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Entertainment insider Kristyn Burtt is saying a thing or two about Dancing With The Stars Season 32. In a recent clip, Burtt recently discussed how TikTok and youngest pro Rylee Arnold are breathing a new life into the dancing competition series.
Kristyn Burtt Thinks TikTok, Rylee Arnold are Saving DWTS
According to the reporter, DWTS had been “in a total free fall when it comes to ratings” and “in decline in terms of quality.” She, however, stated that the show began to pick up in Season 31, when it casted TikTok star Charli D’Amelio.
In addition, Burtt thinks that the show refreshed in Season 32 with their pro lineup. In her opinion, DWTS has been looking for a “magical person” to revive the show but haven’t found one “until they added Rylee Arnold.”
@kristynburtt #greenscreen And of course having Conrad Green as executive producer put #DWTS back on track. But TikTok is keeping the show relevant beyond Tuesdays. #ryleearnold #charlidamelio ♬ original sound – Kristyn Burtt 💃🏼
“I know that her partner was a controversial choice for many of the Dancing With The Stars viewers,” she said. “But just talking about Rylee alone and I get it, she’s Lindsay Arnold’s sister so she walked into Dancing With The Stars with a name, brand recognition. But I have to say, without having done troupe, she did really well for herself this season and made her own headlines outside of her partner.”
It’s no secret that Rylee has been a subject of backlash this season, with some fans thinking that she doesn’t deserve to be a pro. Apart from that, her alleged romance with her celebrity partner Harry Jowsey isn’t well-received by longtime fans who believe that their play-up love team is the only reason why they weren’t facing elimination.
The DWTS insider claimed that Rylee and Charli attracted the Gen Z audience that the show “has been dying to have for years.” Furthermore, with TikTok being a platform for conversation, Burtt stated that it’s “keeping the show relevant beyond Tuesdays.”
She Says the Show Must Have More Gen Z Stars
Under her Gen Z premise, Burtt stated that the show “would not have seen the resurgent it has seen over season 31 and 32” without this demographic. With that, she believed that DWTS should cast more young pros on the show.
“Without TikTok, this show would not have seen the resurgent it has seen over season 31 and 32. I guarantee you, it’s going to bring a season 33 and hopefully bring more people to the table,” she said. “If the show is going to evolve into that next generation, we need to see this happening. And I’m just gonna add, I think Alexis [Warr] and Ezra [Sosa] should be pros next season to also help push the show into the next generation.”
Elsewhere in the video, Burtt stated that even former DWTS pro Cheryl Burke’s podcast helping the show boom.
“Even Cheryl’s podcast, whether you like it or not, is bringing attention to the show and talking about what goes on behind the scenes,” she said.
Burke’s Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans talks about “all the secrets, the behind the scenes arguments and the affairs, the flings, the flirting and the fighting” on DWTS.