Dancing With The Stars Premiere

Selma Blair Brings Everyone To Tears And The Top Two Are Eliminated. The star-studded season 31 of “Dancing with the Stars” has arrived. For the first time, the show moved from ABC to Disney+, which meant two hours of live entertainment — and no commercial breaks. A two-hour broadcast equals about 86 minutes, so producers were tasked with finding ways to fill another 34 minutes.

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“Those are our big challenges this season, how do we fill that time editorially, and secondly, how do we deal with the loss of those minutes that we used to recoup before?” executive producer Conrad Green told Variety ahead of the release. Somehow that time is filled with the return of Skybox, where new host Alfonso Ribeiro will talk to celebrities and dancers.

“We really needed to get part of the set back so we could clear the stage and actually get things moving,” Green said. “So we brought back the skybox, and that meant bringing a co-host with him. Alfonso is a great addition to this team. He’s a former champion of the show, but he’s really passionate about it. He’s friends with a lot of the dancers, really understands what makes the show tick and brings humor and a genuine love for the celebrities and their journeys to it.”

The season premiered Monday with the return of pro dancers Mark Ballas and Louis Van Amstel, both of whom have taken breaks in recent seasons.

Many emotions flowed during the launch; Wayne Brady is dancing for his recently deceased grandmother this season. The longtime performer fainted after getting his first 8 of the night. When Selma Blair, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, finally danced, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Following his routine, he also began to cry, emotionally.

After the scores and judges’ votes came in, Teresa Giudice and Jason Lewis landed in the bottom two. The jury decided to save Giudice, and sent Lewis home.

Scroll down for all the scores. Next Monday will be Elvis’ night on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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