The thirty-second season of the iconic reality dance competition, “Dancing With The Stars,” had fans on the edge of their seats from the very beginning. Premiering on September 26, 2023, this season marked a historic moment as it became the first to air live on both ABC and Disney+ simultaneously. The dynamic duo of Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough took center stage as hosts, while the show’s format was given an extraterrestrial twist right from the start.
The premiere episode opened with a bang as co-hosts Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough welcomed viewers from the comfort of a spaceship. This cosmic theme set the stage for what was to come, and it was clear that Season 32 was going to be anything but ordinary. The professional dancers, true to form, wowed the audience with a mesmerizing performance to Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” all while adorned in futuristic silvery costumes. It was a captivating start that left fans eager for more. In this article, we’ll talk about the show, its premiere, hosts, Judges, and contestants in detail.
Know About Dazzling Performances Amidst The Competition In Dwts
While the opening performance left everyone in awe, the competition quickly got real for the celebrity contestants. As the night progressed, it became evident that not all couples were off to a flying start. Three pairs, Harry Jowsey and Rylee Arnold, Matt Walsh and Koko Iwasaki, and Tyson Beckford and Jenna Johnson, found themselves tied for the lowest score of the evening. However, it was Walsh and Iwasaki who faced elimination during the Tuesday, September 26, episode.
Despite some couples struggling to find their footing, there were those who left an indelible mark on the judges. One standout performance was Jason Mraz and his partner Daniella Karagach’s Cha Cha to Mraz’s own hit, “I Feel Like Dancing.” The judges showered them with praise, with Bruno Tonioli calling Mraz “the one to watch,” and Derek Hough declaring him a “contender.”
Bachelor Nation’s Charity Lawson also had a night to remember, earning the highest score of the evening alongside her partner Artem Chigvintsev. The judges were left speechless by their Tango performance, with Carrie Ann Inaba describing it as “stunning” and Tonioli labeling it a “stellar performance.”
However, it was Matt Walsh who truly surprised everyone with his performance, earning accolades from the judges for his unique and entertaining routine. Tonioli expressed his astonishment, noting that Walsh had “floored” him with the performance. Inaba, on the other hand, reminisced about the show’s early days when even those who weren’t the best dancers managed to give the audience “a good time.”
Meet The Contestants Of Season 32 Of “Dancing With The Stars”
Season 32 of “Dancing With The Stars” boasts a diverse lineup of celebrity contestants, each bringing their unique charm and charisma to the dance floor. From comedian and actor Matt Walsh to model and actor Tyson Beckford, the cast represents a wide range of backgrounds and talents. Among the contestants are film and television actress Xochitl Gomez, known for her role in “The Baby-Sitters Club,” and the beloved Alyson Hannigan, known for her iconic roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
- Matt Walsh – Partner: Koko Iwasaki (Eliminated 1st on September 26, 2023)
- Tyson Beckford – Partner: Jenna Johnson (Participating)
- Xochitl Gomez – Partner: Val Chmerkovskiy (Participating)
- Alyson Hannigan – Partner: Sasha Farber (Participating)
- Harry Jowsey – Partner: Rylee Arnold (Participating)
- Charity Lawson – Partner: Artem Chigvintsev (Participating)
- Ariana Madix – Partner: Pasha Pashkov (Participating)
- Jason Mraz – Partner: Daniella Karagach (Participating)
- Adrian Peterson – Partner: Britt Stewart (Participating)
- Lele Pons – Partner: Brandon Armstrong (Participating)
- Mira Sorvino – Partner: Gleb Savchenko (Participating)
- Jamie Lynn Spears – Partner: Alan Bersten (Participating)
- Mauricio Umansky – Partner: Emma Slater (Participating)
- Barry Williams – Partner: Peta Murgatroyd (Participating)
Changes In Hosts And Judges
Before Season 32, there were significant changes in the show’s hosting and judging lineup. Tyra Banks, who had hosted the previous three seasons, bid farewell to the series. In her place, Julianne Hough stepped in as co-host alongside Alfonso Ribeiro, who took over Banks’ previous role as the main host.
The judging panel saw familiar faces return, with Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all resuming their roles as judges. However, there was a notable change as Derek Hough was promoted to head judge, a position previously held by Len Goodman, who had retired and sadly passed away.
As a tribute to the show’s legacy and the contribution of Len Goodman, the Mirrorball Trophy received a new name. Starting from this season, it will be known as the “Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy,” honoring the former head judge who had been an integral part of “Dancing With The Stars” throughout its history.