Some fans are saying that they are not going to watch the next season of “Dancing With the Stars” after the show’s premiere date was officially announced. The announcement reminded fans that the show is also set to move to a new platform, as was announced in early 2022.
Season 31 of the ballroom competition will return on September 19 on subscription-only Disney+ after being broadcast on ABC since its 2005 debut. All four judges — Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman — will return for the new season.
ABC is “significantly expanding our unscripted slate,” Walt Disney Television chairman of entertainment Dana Walden said July 30, according to IndieWire, hinting that the broadcast network no longer had room in its schedule for “Dancing With the Stars.”
Some fans aren’t willing to make the switch from ABC to the new platform, however, where they would have to pay to watch the show.
Fans Say They Won’t Watch the Show
Some people took to Twitter after the recent announcement to share their thoughts on the upcoming season, with many saying they will not be watching the show.
“Not everyone has Disney+,” one tweet reads. “So now those that don’t, won’t be able to watch the show. Thanks a lot., Good thing I stopped watching years ago. But I’m saddened for the fans that still watch #DWTS and don’t have #DisneyPlus. Not fair at all.”
One person replied, “Fan from season one here and I don’t have and won’t have cable or any streaming service. #DWTS manages to screw over viewers once again. Can’t stand that arrogant thing Tyra either. She a complete joke.”
Others said that it’s the host that makes them not want to watch.
“Love Alfonso [Ribeiro] but I will not be watching,” one tweet reads. “I gave up watching the minute you all brought Tyra Banks in. She made the show about her and her has been modeling career. DWTS gave up on the fans so I’m done.”
Others want to boycott the season because they don’t want to pay for the new streaming service.
“Like someone else said people have been watching DWTS since season 1 for free – Now all a sudden it is being moved to #DisneyPlus that is not free – People are already paying for multi services,” one tweet reads.
Another wrote, “Too bad I won’t be watching. I refuse to pay for Disney plus. This is not fair for people who can’t afford it. And because of Tyra Banks.”
“You lost another viewer and I have watched since season 1,” one tweet reads.
Some Fans Had Questions About The New Season
After the official teaser for the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” was posted on Instagram on August 3, some fans took to the comment section to ask questions and say they won’t watch the show.
“Too many bad changes,” one person wrote. “I’m done.”
One person wondered if there would be another way to watch the show, since Disney+ will not be available to those outside the U.S. and Canada.
“Will the rest of the world be able to watch it over YouTube?” one comment reads.
Others called for previous seasons to be released on Disney+.
“Dancing With the Stars” season 31 is set to premiere on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022. Derek Hough, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will all return along with Tyra Banks and new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro.