ABC has confirmed that Dancing with the Stars will return in the fall. The network has not provided details on how producers will proceed amid the coronavirus crisis, which is still raging. But DWTS will carry on. ABC even announced the first celebrity cast member–former Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe.
And, as always, with a new season of Dancing with the Stars, comes CASTING RUMORS.
DWTS producers reportedly approached Dr. Anthony Fauci
According to the Dailymail, ABC approached public health hero, Dr. Anthony Fauci who has been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. However, a spokesperson for Dr. Fauci told DailyMail.com that while the doctor is ‘flattered’, he won’t be lacing up his dancing shoes anytime soon.
A spokesperson for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the government agency where Dr. Fauci works said: ‘Dr. Fauci has not received a formal invitation from Dancing with the Stars. Dr. Fauci, while flattered, would respectfully decline.’
ABC Considering Tiger King star, CNN Host, MJ Daughter
Other names being targeted for DWTS 2020, according to the Daily Mail are Tiger King Joe Exotic’s nemesis Carole Baskin, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, rocker Vince Neil and Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson.
Dancing with the Stars has always aired live from the CBS Studios in Hollywood. But according to Daily Mail sources, ABC and DWTS bosses have not made final decisions about how they will film the new series given coronavirus restrictions.
Network still figuring out how to proceed amid coronavirus restrictions
“They still have a few weeks to make a decision about how the partners and their contestants will work together in the week and then perform for the live show. They are figuring out the logistics,” the source said.
“Currently there are no plans for a live audience attending the opening show at CBS Studios in Los Angeles. It is too dangerous and obviously a no go for the stars, especially with how hard unions are pushing safety for their clients.
“Currently with no vaccine, it is likely that the performers will pair together in limited quarantine, and then do their live performances via a video link. That is the safest option considered and allows the show to run in full until the final.
“Judges too will either remotely present or perhaps attend a socially distanced studio.
“But ABC are adamant that the show will air despite the problems.”