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‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere leaves audiences with mixed reactions – Inklings News

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Rachel Olefson ’25, Staff Writer|September 29, 2022

The mirrorball trophy is back up for grabs, baby! Hit television show “Dancing with the Stars” is back and better than ever before… or so I thought. 

In recent years, “Dancing with the Stars ” has taken a major hit in terms of viewership. According to an article by The Wrap, “‘DWTS’ [viewership] has plummeted from season 1 heights — with a 5.1 rating… and 16.79 million average total viewers — to a 0.74 rating and 4.89 million total viewers for season 30”. 

I have a sneaking suspicion that the decline in viewership is due to the main focus of the show: the “stars.” 

The stars this season range from “influencers”, such as Charli D’Amelio, to B-list actors like Wayne Brady and even NFL wife Jessie James Decker who seems to forget she’s also a country star. 

The ballroom lit up with some performances, leaving me wanting more in the upcoming weeks. But this year’s stars show a lot of weaknesses.”

— Rachel Olefson ’25

“Dancing with the Stars”’ new home, Disney+, which generated $5.2 billion in revenue in 2021 according to Business of Apps, has somehow decided that these “celebrities” are the very best possible use of their money. 

Some performances in the season opener, such as Sam Champion’s foxtrot, were severely disappointing. Production clearly tried to distract from his stiff movement and lack of energy with a stormy/cloudy backdrop to go along with Champion’s weatherman history, but it’s clear that the graphics were better than the dance itself. 

There is also a lack of surprise.  For instance, it came as no shock to me that Charli D’Amelio, who is also a former competitive dancer (at a studio in Norwalk!), performed well on opening night. However, unlike professional dancer-type stars in the past such as Heather Morris, Charli, the second-most followed person on TikTok according to Dexerto, wasn’t low-scored due to previous experience, but rather praised for her form and skill. What’s that I smell? Is it… a double standard? 

And as for some other contestants, such as Jason Lewis, I had trouble focussing on the snooze-fest of a dance on the TV screen in front of me. 

One of the only exciting parts of this season is the return of season 30 winner and recent Emmy award nominee, Daniella Karagach, who hopes to claim the trophy a second year in a row. She is partnered with contestant actor/bodybuilder Joseph Baena (who is also Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son). The pair brought the energy during their jive and were nearly as electric as Wayne Brady and pro Witney Carson’s cha-cha. Brady’s stage presence was intoxicating, I quite literally couldn’t look away. 

So what’s my rating? I give the premier a solid 3.5/5 stars. The ballroom lit up with some performances, leaving me wanting more in the upcoming weeks. But this year’s stars show a lot of weaknesses. Let’s just say I won’t be voting for them to stay!

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DWTS execs 'have made final decision' about show's future on Disney+ after fans demand series return to ABC

DANCING with the Stars executives have made a final decision about the show’s future on Disney+, The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal.

The popular show, which is now in its 31st season, moved from ABC to the streaming platform this year.


Dancing With The Stars, hosted by Tyra Banks, currently streams on Disney+Credit: Disney+


Executives have made a 'final decision' about the show's future on the streaming platformCredit: ABC/Eric McCandless

Many fans have been unhappy with the change as they now have to pay a $7.99 subscription fee every month to watch the show.

But according to an insider, DWTS will not be returning to ABC.

“Disney Plus will be our home next year is what we have been told,” the source exclusively shared with The U.S. Sun.

“The move from ABC is going on as far as the executive team sees it, meaning they want to give viewers time to migrate over from their old home on terrestrial TV.”

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However, the show’s avid fans aren’t the only ones who have been unhappy with the change.

The source claims that the DWTS’s professional dancers also “enjoyed being on prime time ABC.”

While viewing figures are yet to be released for season 31, they have reportedly plummeted following the move to Disney+.

The insider added: “Backstage too there has been conversations and worries expressed about ratings.

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“No official ratings are being released at all and the talk is that we are doing half or even less than the numbers we were doing on ABC last year.

Prior to the switch, last November’s final on ABC drew 5.4million viewers.

Amid rumors of sinking ratings, there has been talk of the series being scrapped altogether after 2023.

“It is making some dancers nervous about the future,” said the source.

"With a move back to ABC not being considered, people worry that the alternative is the show being pulled.”

But executives are reportedly staying firm with their decision about the new platform.

“They are calling it a journey, which they have said will take time and patience.”


Both Disney+ and ABC are owned by The Walt Disney Company.

The move to streaming has also brought about a major change to the format of the show, which now broadcasts live for two hours straight with no commercial breaks.

This has put added pressure on host Tyra Banks and her new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro.


Derek Hough, who is one of the four judges on DWTS, shared his thoughts about the move to Disney+ ahead of season 31.

He acknowledged the fan upset over the change as he explained: “That is what happens when you try something new, when you step into a different territory.”

“Our hope is that we have a great fanbase and loyal fanbase and they follow us on this new adventure.”

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He added: “To be honest when people are vocal or upset or something, what I have found is it just means they care, and that they love the show.”

DWTS streams at 8pm EST on Disney+ every Monday.


Tyra presents the two-hour live show with Alfonso RibeiroCredit: ABC


Judge Derek Hough said that he hopes loyal DWTS fans 'follow us on this new adventure' with Disney+Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless


DWTS streams at 8pm EST every MondayCredit: Disney +

subtleties that no one knows about

The 13th season of the country's most incendiary show, Dancing with the Stars, has ended on the Rossiya 1 TV channel. 10 pairs of contestants met on the parquet, whose performances left no one indifferent. The media platform "Looking" looked behind the scenes of the project and found out what painstaking work is behind its creation.

Last weekend ended the 13th season of the show "Dancing with the Stars" - a worldwide hit, which from year to year attracts the attention of viewers around the world. For 15 years, the audience of the TV channel "Russia 1" has been watching how popular artists take their first steps on the floor and overcome themselves in order to show real mastery in the final! Our correspondents asked the creators of the project about its subtleties and features. All episodes of the new season are available on the Watch platform. nine0003

About the project

Vasily Kozar, director, chief choreographer

We start discussing the project from September-October. And in November-December, the most dense period begins, where I already begin to think through the broadcasts, themes and all, all the components. An ordinary viewer watches the stars, and it is very interesting for him to watch how they cope inside everything that happens, how they will, as Tsiskaridze says, "wag their hips. " It's all very curious, unusual. And, of course, the dance itself makes you fall in love! After this project, people start thinking: "I can do it too! Why shouldn't I try it too?!" Why do people even dance? Because they enjoy it, and you want to prolong this moment of euphoria, whether it's a club or just a dance with your loved one! When people have a desire to even just start moving - it's very cool! nine0003

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Ekaterina Belaya, costume designer

I really like the specifics of the project, the fact that we do not just show ballroom dancing that we danced like this, but it turns out that each number is a mini-performance. That is what energizes me. I really burn with these ideas, I like that you can reveal yourself and show from different sides in terms of costume. We make a lot of little stories every week. And it's very cool! Probably, it is precisely because of this that I am with all my heart and soul in this project, I immerse myself in every number, I live all these stories in the same way as the performers. It gives incredible inspiration and a lot of energy. nine0003

Number: from and to

Vasily Kozar, director, chief choreographer

We are not at a ballroom tournament, where we only look at the dance. We are looking at an artist who falls into certain circumstances and dances in a certain style. And these "circumstances" are called a number, and in this number everything is important - the scenery, and the idea, and how we came to it, and what we want to say, and what mood to give, and what effect - all together. That is, all these moments must be combined together, and then a good number is obtained. nine0003

I come up with a certain theme of the broadcast in which we exist. After that, I distribute all the dance styles to each of the couples. A couple who danced a dramatic story first should dance a contrast next time, couples should always be different. After that, for each of the couples, I come up with a script for the performance: what should be the dramaturgy inside the performance, what will be the choreography, what should be the costume, scenery, graphics, lighting, how should we film it. And I tell everyone my ideas. Everyone listens, gives tips on where and what can be improved in terms of the TV picture, and then I just broadcast it directly to the choreographers. I assign a specific responsible choreographer for each pair, who takes and executes this idea, bringing his vision, his own style, his own content to it, and we are already further creating a performance together with him. And then we rehearse it all week, rehearse, rehearse, consult, try, test, change, and then we come to the set, and after that - everything is ready! nine0003

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Ekaterina Belaya, costume designer

The first broadcast is, in principle, the most difficult one, because the adjustment is in progress, we only find out with whom we are working. You need to understand the figure of everyone, preferences, who likes what, does not like it - each star has its own quirks with regards to colors and shapes. But every week our time gets shorter and shorter, because, unfortunately, even if I know the idea of ​​the performance two weeks in advance, it’s impossible to start doing it, because then there will still be changes. Usually on Saturday at the highway we discuss the idea of ​​a costume with a couple, I show the finished sketches, and after looking at the key points of the choreography, I start the sketch. There were cases when our number changed three days before the broadcast. Not in terms of choreography, but simply the concept was changing. We understood with the whole team that it was probably worth showing a certain character from the other side, giving him a different character, and then we completely redid the costumes. Such force majeure happens, but not often. And sometimes someone managed to lose weight in three days and urgently needs to be sutured. And somewhere there, for example, I look in a frame with light, with scenery, I understand that I need to add some accents, details, add colors. And also follow the make-up and see how everything fits together. It seems that the costume is ready, but everything rests on the details. nine0003

Nikolai Pantyukhin, choreographer

The director gives us the initial reference of the performance. This is basically a certain effect, which is stated at the very beginning of the issue. And, what I really like, we come up with the dramaturgy, the plot "inside" together with the participants. That is, in this regard, we have the freedom to choose according to images, according to relationships within. But the framework exists in terms of the first application reference. Everything else we build ourselves. It is very important when I choreograph that one movement flows smoothly into another, so that these transitions are beautiful, comfortable and "watchable". Nobody cancels the effect of surprise in the choreography, but everything should be organic. In fact, from season to season choreographers have more and more difficult. Why? I don't want to repeat myself. nine0003

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Dance couples

Vasily Kozar, director, chief choreographer

All 10 couples are all my favorites! Because if at least one pair "sinks" a little, it means that I didn't finish it. Therefore, it is important for me that all 10 couples receive incredibly beautiful numbers, in which there would be everything so that they reveal themselves as much as possible. My idea should clearly coincide with the artist, clearly coincide with the choreographer, clearly coincide with the musical accompaniment, with the costume, with the scenery, and enter the venue with the maximum result. nine0003

Nikolay Pantyukhin, choreographer

We have no right to choose our favorites. That is, the choreographer is such a sexless creature: not "he" and not "she". He must understand the psychology of both male and female. And, working with different artists, we should not show that we are interested in working with that couple, but not with this one. We really treat everyone equally, and this neutrality must be maintained until the end of the project.

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Mikhail Shchepkin, dancer, participant of the project

We always work with the people we have. We do not influence the choice of a partner in any way, and the stars have exactly the same situation. I don’t know where it all happens, behind what doors, but there is a certain composition of participants, and every year there is a casting, new contestants are added, as you can see, the composition of dancers also changes from season to season. And, accordingly, everyone is formed in pairs. Then the first meeting takes place, we get to know each other. This year, as such, there was no profile of the first meeting at all, because you saw how interesting everything was done - entering the first number. The couple was presented in a completely different way, I really liked this format. Each couple was presented differently. nine0003

The main thing is that the costume fits

Ekaterina Belaya, costume designer

It is very important that the costume helps the dance and complements the dance, especially when it comes to girls. Depending on the movement, the outfit should be very light and not distracting, or, conversely, be heavy and flow. The dress should continue the artist, help him. Of course, this is exactly why I don't put the dress into work until I see the choreography. That is, it all works together. In general, we try to combine fashion, style and dance nuances. We have practically no standard dance dresses. We work more for the idea, for the concept, we want to do it stylishly and tasty. Sometimes you want to take a walk, but there are restrictions just because everything should be absolutely comfortable. I hope that we will give away the costumes to our beautiful dancers and stars, whoever wants what. Because it's so insulting when such beauty just goes to the warehouse and dies there. nine0003

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Trainings and rehearsals

Alexandra Rebenok, actress

Here, such muscles ached that I never felt. And it turned out that such muscle groups are involved in ballroom dancing, which you will never reach in any fitness or sport. And they suddenly activated and began to load. And, of course, they made themselves felt, and I was surprised that there was some other muscle group that I did not know about. nine0003

Inna Svechnikova, dancer, project participant

We are given a week for each dance: on Monday we receive music, and on Sunday we go on the air. Each time is different, because each artist is very individual, but we do not have the task of making him a professional dancer, we have the task of creating an image. Here the main thing is to catch co-creation: to take what a person is strong in and transform it into a dance.

Shot from the program "Dancing with the Stars"

Nikolai Pantyukhin, choreographer

Choreography does not take much time. More psychology. Removal of psychological clamps that appear as a result of stress. I'm talking about a star. A week is given to put the number! I imagine what goes on in a person's head. And our task is to neutralize this stressful level, make it accessible, inspire confidence, because they have no choice - either you trust, or you are in some kind of constant fuss. After the number is set, our task is to release it on the air. We are with the couple to the last, I’m here with the couple I work with, see off to the point from which they start on the air, give the final parting speech, and with God. nine0003

Dance styles

Inna Svechnikova, dancer, project participant

dancers, because we are also expanding our boundaries, learning new directions together with our artists. I have been ballroom dancing my entire professional career, for over 25 years. But the longer we dance, the more we discover new opportunities for ourselves, that is, ballroom dancing is still limited by some kind of technique, rules, so we leave more and "dig" in related directions. nine0003

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Vasily Kozar, director, chief choreographer

The classical program is wonderful because you feel such inspiration and static in everything that happens, that it inspires. Modern styles are the closest thing for me, because initially, as a choreographer, I developed in modern choreography: modern, contemporary, and everything like that. And all this is close to me, because I lived with it for many, many years. So I don't want to highlight anything: I want each style to complement itself. Plus, there is always something new to look forward to! nine0003

Pavel Efremov, choreographer

We combine 100 percent! We look in different directions. There are such "rails" of sports ballroom dancing, which we, of course, pay attention to, in which we are present, in which we practice, develop, bring in ballroom dancing, ballroom choreography, some new movements, new thoughts.

Mikhail Shchepkin, dancer, participant of the project water. I am calm about the dances of the European program - these are waltzes and foxtrots. I really like to stage Latin and teach people, contempo is just for the soul, everything else is because it is necessary. nine0003

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Ekaterina Belaya, costume designer

I fell in love with paso doble, I fell in love with rumba very much. And sometimes I go beyond, we even had small conflicts with the choreographer. He says: "No, paso doble is Spain, you definitely need this Spanish skirt, or a flower in your head, or something else!" But I still stand on the idea: that is, if the idea of ​​the performance, in principle, does not imply a Spanish costume, then here we find a compromise. Contempo is the most difficult for me, because I don’t want to repeat myself, I don’t want to do the same, I don’t want to do the same. And my biggest pain is the contempo in men! Sometimes there are such numbers, and you really want it right, well, you really ask for such a stylish one, but still we come to a T-shirt, a turtleneck and trousers. nine0003


Vasily Kozar, director, chief choreographer

Regarding the jury: there are no special interactions. Because if I had started telling them in advance what numbers would be, we would not have received that emotion and that first impression that we see on the screen. The only difficulty, you know what? Only in the fact that they look at the site and see what is happening in live time, they do not always have the opportunity to appreciate the idea of ​​​​the numbers that were made specifically for the TV version, the same upper shots or additional effects. It's the only thing that worries me that they don't see the big picture. But they are all with great experience and think out some specific points where necessary, and focus on how the actor transforms, how he dances, and how organic he is in this or that idea. Therefore, everything is adequate. nine0003

Shot from the program "Dancing with the Stars"

Vladimir Varnava, choreographer, jury member of the project

Being on the jury is not that difficult, to be honest. It is much more difficult to create numbers. Of course, the jury has its own settings, its own internal policy, because no one wants to look at a boring, inert jury, everyone wants to get such a dynamic cardiogram. Someone disagrees with someone, someone supported someone, that is, these relationships, I think, should be interesting for the audience to watch. But in general, you watch the performances, say feedback, in any case, we are dealing 50 percent with non-professional dancers, so we make a discount. Of course, if we were to analyze professionals, we would also pronounce a different text - and Yegor, and Nikolai, and Daria, and I, respectively. Although I would like to ask the participants about their motivation, about what drives them when they dance, but in this format I do not always have such an opportunity. nine0003

Dancing is…

Alexandra Child, actress

Dancing is a special niche. You're addicted to it. You get some unreal rush of happiness hormones, so I recommend it to everyone, especially to someone who is very sad.

Marina Zudina, actress

I have a feeling that I will continue to do this. Dancing will definitely be in my life. I discovered a completely different world for myself. And when I start to say to someone: "You know, dancing helps to relieve stress and treat depression," they answer me: "And we dance." I think: "Oh my God! What is it, I didn't dance alone!?" nine0003

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Mikhail Shchepkin, dancer, participant of the project

I think that our show is interesting primarily for people who, perhaps, have dreamed of dancing all their lives, but were afraid to leave their comfort zone. This is a great example for everyone that everything impossible is possible. For me, dancing is life. It's one hundred percent! I am 35 years old, I have been dancing since I was five, and for 30 years I have been in this process.

Vladimir Varnava, choreographer, jury member of project

Everyone dances, everyone can. And for me, this show just confirms this thesis. This makes me extremely happy to watch. This, in fact, is probably the main reason why I am here. It's wonderful that so many people are dancing, so many people are buying subscriptions to the studio, so many people are taking care of their bodies. And what they do - dance theater or strip plastic - it does not really matter, as long as it brings them joy. Because dancing is for fun, it's my absolute religion. nine0003

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Should stars be judged for dancing?

November 02, 19:18


At the beginning of the television season, when the project "Dancing with the Stars" was just getting ready to be released on "1 + 1", they talked about it as the main premiere of the autumn air. Plans, as you know, for TV are a thankless task, but the current ratings show that the dance show has become not only the flagship of the channel, but also the leader of the entire Ukrainian broadcast. The viewer received a bright, beautiful, dynamic and very emotional spectacle. The huge production block raised by the Star Media company is visible on the air only as the tip of the working iceberg, in all its show glory. The program is a spectacular peak of all efforts, constant rehearsals, filming, fittings, interviews and productions. The participating stars have an incredibly hard time, training for 4-5 hours a day is an extreme mode even for their professional partners. But even harder, oddly enough, is for those four who will definitely stay with the audience until the final program and will not fly out of the project - the judges. The dramaturgy of the show assumes that they not only rate the dancers, but are also involved in a dialogue: they give comments, answer the questions of the competing couples. This way of interaction automatically separates the dancers and jury members into opposing sides. And, of course, if the jury is also people, then people-spectators, for their part, also begin to judge them. nine0003

Now there comes a time when only the best remain in the program - the leaders. That is, the assessments will be held on the maximum positions of "8-10". The only thing that makes life easier for the judges on Dancing with the Stars is the vote of the audience. Because in reality, viewers can do for their favorites, well, the almost impossible. The judges themselves often disagree with each other in their opinions than agree. Maybe because they are all very, drastically different personalities.

nine0002 Vadim YELIZAROV: I saw the Russian equivalent, but the Ukrainian version is completely different. More natural, lively, more believable. I can see the unrest, the crazy passions that are unfolding here. And, in my opinion, the Ukrainian version has more talented stars than the Russians. They make just finished little masterpieces on stage. What pleasantly struck me in every composition of the last programs was that the dancers became like expressionist artists. They dance not a plot outline, but a state! Of course, I make allowances for the fact that we are not professional dancers. This is clear. It is especially difficult for male stars. Both Stupka, and Kozlovsky, and Zelensky have a weak texture in terms of dance. No straight back, elegance. But Anatoly Borsyuk, in my opinion, had both manhood and a line close to ideal. Due to his age, he could not move around as actively as the rest of the contestants, but he had it. nine0003

Evaluating the contestants, the first thing is that I would like to see the style of the dance they want to show. If the program has a slow foxtrot, I want to see a slow foxtrot. There was a plot with a mannequin doll, but the dance did not start in any way. And there are many such things. We must evaluate the dance - this is the main thing for us. There is a certain technique, the logic of dance movements. The second is musicality. The third is the ease of movement of the couple. Since all the couples are dancing on the parquet and they are being compared, you can always see the couple that moves lightly or heavily. But the technique of execution is evaluated only in last place. When only the leaders remain. The comparative type of competition is that you simply have to put the dancers in their places. Among the many subjective opinions, an objective assessment appears. It seems to me that the jury lacks a fifth member. Although, maybe the fifth judge is a spectator? nine0003

Grigory CHAPKIS: The project has a lot of fans - I am recognized on the streets, in shops. Everywhere. The draft was adopted by the people in the full sense of the word. People can't wait for Saturday. I saw the Moscow project, I heard that the competition was held in London and other European cities, and as a specialist I was interested in how it would be implemented in Kyiv. But being on the Dancing with the Stars jury is very difficult. Participants make a show, they think about the plot, they take props. And we do not judge all this. We're judging a ballroom dance. I do not make any concessions or discounts. Therefore, many look at us as enemies of the people. For example, the story with the gypsy-Spanish number of Vitaly Kozlovsky. Wonderful number. Deserves not only "10" - "20" points, but there is no bullfighter, no picador - paso doble elements. This is a pure gypsy dance. And bullfighters have an inner passion that does not go outside. In Spain, in general, a Spaniard has no right to touch a woman's skirt, let alone rip it off, as here. I love dancing, but it has nothing to do with ballroom dancing! And I have to make a remark, although I understand how much work has been invested. If we were judging a weightlifting contest, then Kolya, Pysanka's partner, would take the first place. There are certain rules. We do not prohibit anything, we have no right to interfere, advise, communicate with dancers. We are neutral. Everything is evaluated only from the position of professionals. Now only three couples - Mogilevskaya, Zelensky and Kozlovsky - are going in the right direction. nine0003

I am pleasantly surprised – in such a short period of time people have done this!.. I am a teacher with 50 years of experience, but I have not seen such growth in such a short period of time. Our stars simply accomplished a feat - even those who left, and those who still leave. Incredible work has been invested - I tell you this as a person who dances every day.

Alexey LITVINOV: I saw the version of Great Britain, Russia, our project is more festive, brighter, more competitive, tougher. Much more than anything I've seen, it looks like a dance tournament. I don't do our members any favors. I compare. I like everything. The one who is better gets a higher rating, the weaker gets less. Evaluating, I use all my 40 years of experience. This is a whole synthesis of my attitude to dance and to life. There are no criteria. If I am an authority for the people, then my opinion is important. Of course, one must dance to the music, a woman must be a woman, a man must be a man, one must dance beautifully. Only an experienced person can distinguish a good pair from another good one. And we have a lot of good couples. nine0003

Grading after 2-3 months of study is ridiculous.

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