Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) aired a grand premiere for its 31st Season on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 8 pm ET on Disney Plus. The two-hour special saw participants dance their hearts out to well-rounded routines with their respective professional choreographers. After two decades of airing on ABC, the show moved to Disney+ for the first time this season.
On tonight's premiere episode of the competition, Tyra Banks took up hosting duties alongside co-host and Season 19 winner Alfonso Ribeiro. However, the former earned flak from netizens for making quite a few mistakes throughout the episode. From pronouncing a contestant's name wrong to blaming the production for a mismatch on the scoreboard, Banks' errors did not sit well with fans.
Many took to social media to express their disappointment. One tweeted that they wanted the host to "stop talking."
Fans react to Tyra Banks' hosting duties on DWTS
Following the season premiere of DWTS, loyal fans took to Twitter to express their likes and dislikes about the episode. While viewers said that they loved most performances, host Tyra Banks didn't manage to impress them. Throughout the course of the premiere episode, the supermodel made mistakes.
While reading the leaderboard for the first eight couples who had performed in the competition, Tyra read the teleprompter incorrectly, which led to her swapping the names of the Top 2 contestant-choreographer pair. However, what annoyed fans even more was that she went on to blame the backstage crew instead of addressing her mistake.
Later on in the episode, the DWTS host pronounced contestant Peta Murgatroyd's name as "Peter," for which she once again received some flak from fans.
Tyra also received immense criticism after professional dancer Koko Iwasaki's performance with Vinny Guadagnino. While thanking Koko for performing on stage, Banks said "representation matters," a comment which made fans slam her on social media yet again.
While fans were's particularly enthusiastic about Tyra Banks hosting the show, they didn't seem to mind co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, who won Season 19 of the competition. After the latter was announced as a co-host, he released a statement expressing his gratitude for being paired opposite Tyra.
"Dancing with the Stars has been such an important part of my life for so many years, and I am ecstatic to officially re-join this tight-knit family as co-host. Tyra and I have a longstanding friendship that I hope will resonate with all of the fans at home as we kick off this new season on Disney+."
In brief, about DWTS
Season 31 of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) has started on a successful note with contestants spanning across fan-favorite celebrities from television shows, movies, reality series and numerous others who have carved a niche for themselves.
The official synopsis of the show reads:
"Dancing with the Stars is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough."
So far, the contestants have proved their mettle, but they still have a long way to go. The participant-choreographer pair who consistently manage to impress the judges, will ultimately win the Mirror Ball trophy and a grand cash prize.
Viewers can stream fresh episodes of DWTS on Disney+ every Monday from 8 pm to 10 pm ET from September 19.