Earlier this year, it was announced that “Dancing With The Stars” would be moving from ABC to Disney+ in the United States and Canada this Fall. Making “Dancing with the Stars” the first live series to debut on the streaming service.
Produced in front of a live audience by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, the show pairs celebrities with trained ballroom dancers to compete in themed choreographed dance routines. “Dancing with the Stars” first premiered on ABC in 2005 and has grown into an international phenomena and source of constant watercooler conversation.
One of the show’s judges, Bruno Tonioli, has revealed on the BBC One Show that because the show is moving from ABC to Disney+, is one of the main reasons he won’t be returning to the British version of the show, “Strictly Come Dancing” as a judge.
Bruno Tonioli has been one of the original judges on “Strictly Come Dancing” for over 18 years and for 14 years, he would fly from the UK to the US and back each week, to film both series.
However, once the pandemic hit, this wasn’t possible, which led to fellow professional dancer, Anton Du Beke, stepping in as a temporary judge last year and with the news that Bruno won’t be returning, it has been announced that he will be the new permanent judge for the UK version.
Tonioli praised Du Beke, saying: “I think Anton has done a fantastic job. He deserves to be on that seat. It’s a 10 from me. Carry on. Do me proud.”
Anton Du Beke said in a statement: “Everyone knows how much I absolutely love the show and I’m utterly delighted to be continuing as a regular judge.”
Bruno explained how the new travel restrictions, made doing both shows “impossible because the rules changed, getting through the airport was not like it used to be, it created a situation that was unsustainable.
Explaining his current situation, he said: “Unfortunately Dancing with the Stars has moved to Disney+, which is a big deal. It is going to be streaming live which is a big deal. It is very, very, exciting. And again because of the travel situation, I cannot really guarantee that I’m going to be there, because anything can happen. Two years ago, I changed my tickets every week and they need continuity. I absolutely support them and it’s my decision”.
“Dancing With The Stars” will be debuting on Disney+ in the US and Canada this Fall.