There were many firsts in the seasons 31 debut, including a welcome change for Canadian fans, who may now vote online for their favorite stars.
Jason Lewis, the star of “Sex and the City,” was the first contestant to be eliminated following a national and worldwide vote. Former “Real Housewife” Teresa Giudice will appear again the following week after being spared by the judges.
Jordin Sparks, a former contestant on “American Idol,” opened the new season of “DWTS” by dancing to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” in a glam cha-cha. Sparks had one of the best scores by the end of the night, but the race for the Mirrorball Trophy is already very close.
Charli D’Amelio, a popular TikTok user, Wayne Brady, Gabby Windey, Shangela from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Daniel Durant from “CODA,” and actress Selma Blair have all been named as contenders for this season.
Brady, who has admittedly little dance experience, completed the night in second place with his exuberant cha-cha. D’Amelio, who has a background in competitive dance, claimed a dominating lead with her top-scoring cha-cha. Shangela came in one point behind Brady, and judge Len Goodman commended her for balancing technical proficiency and stage presence.
Windey, for her part, has a chance to follow in the footsteps of Hannah Brown and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who won their seasons of “The Bachelorette” thanks to their upbeat dance moves.
Charli D’Amelio in Dancing with the Stars
There are rumors that Charli D’Amelio and her mother Heidi D’Amelio will join the “Dancing With the Stars” cast for Season 31.
According to TMZ, Heidi, 50, and Charli, 18, have been chosen to compete on the upcoming season of the dancing competition show, which premieres on Disney+ next month.
They’ll “appear as different contenders,” contending against one another in the hopes of taking home the coveted mirrorball trophy, the outlet claims.
With their enormous fan following and TikTok dancing prowess, Charli and Heidi will probably have a distinct advantage in the ballroom. Not to mention the added help from Charli’s boyfriend, Landon Barker, Travis Barker’s son, and Dixie D’Amelio, her sister.
Charli has also collaborated with “DWTS” judge Derek Hough and his sister, former judge Julianne Hough, who is also a former professional. During the March premiere of the “Step Into… the Movies” special, the three joined forces for a “Dirty Dancing” tribute.
About Charli D’Amelio
TikTok star Charli D’Amelio has more than 146 million fans. She held the title of having the most followers on TikTok until Khaby Lane overtook her in 2022. Charli began dancing when she was three years old and practised as a competitive dancer till the start of her TikTok career in 2019. She is frequently credited with popularising the Jalaiah Harmon-created “Renegade” dance on TikTok. She also performed at the 2021 Jingle Ball as a backup dancer for her sister Dixie D’Amelio. Along with her sister Dixie, her mother Heidi D’Amelio, and her father Marc D’Amelio, Charli also appears in The D’Amelio Show on Hulu.
Which Stars Are Competing In Season 31?
Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars had 16 famous faces taking part in the competition. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, fitness model Joseph Baena, and professional wrestler Daniella Karagach are among Season 31’s cast members.
- Fitness model and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena and pro Daniella Karagach
- Actress Selma Blair and pro Sasha Farber
- Comedian, actor, and singer Wayne Brady and pro-Witney Carson
- Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion, and pro-Cheryl Burke
- TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and pro Mark Ballas
- D’Amelio’s mom Heidi D’Amelio and pro Artem Chigvintsev
- Country star Jessie James Decker and pro-Alan Bersten
- TV star Trevor Donovan and pro-Emma Slater
- Film and stage actor Daniel Durant and pro-Britt Stewart
- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and pro-Pasha Pashkov
- Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino and pro Koko Iwasaki
- Charlie’s Angels star Cheryl Ladd and pro-Louis van Amstel
- Sex and the City star Jason Lewis and pro-Peta Murgatroyd
- Drag queen superstar Shangela and pro-Gleb Savchenko
- Singer Jordin Sparks and pro-Brandon Armstrong
- The Bachelorette star Gabby Windey and pro-Val Chmerkovskiy
How to Watch Dancing With the Stars on TV?
Dancing With the Stars is no longer shown on ABC and is exclusive to Disney+. That means you can’t catch Dancing With the Stars on TV anymore (at least not on your regular cable or broadcast network).
It’s only available on Disney+, so if you want to watch Dancing With the Stars on TV, you’ll need to sign up for Disney+ and then access the service via the Disney+ app on your smart TV or another supported streaming device (i.e., Fire TV Stick).