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'Dancing With the Stars’ season 30: Cast, premiere date and everything else we know about DWTS

Dancing With the Stars
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Get ready to see some of your favorite celebrities take to the dance floor, as Dancing With the Stars is primed to return for its 30th season on ABC. 

Originally based on the British series Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With the Stars first aired in 2005. Each season, celebrities pair up with professional dancers and compete against each other every week with the judges’ scores and audience votes helping to determine who is eliminated. The last dancing duo standing wins the show’s Mirrorball Trophy.

The reality competition series remains as popular as ever, with its 29th season in 2020 topping Nielsen ratings for adults 18-49 in the U.S. It had massive global appeal as well, as it was one of the top five most watched unscripted shows in the world.

As we wait for the new batch of celebrities to strut their stuff, here’s everything you need to know about Dancing With the Stars season 30.

Who are the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ judges, host? 

For 28 seasons of Dancing With the Stars, Tom Bergeron served as the host. But in season 29, the decision was made to replace Bergeron and co-host Erin Andrews with Tyra Banks, in what executive producer Andrew Llinares described to TVLine as part of the show’s evolution to keep things fresh. Banks will be back as the host for season 30.

The judges from season 29 — Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough — are also returning, as is longtime judge Len Goodman, who had to skip season 29 because of pandemic travel restrictions between the U.K. and the U.S.

Who is in the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 30 cast?

Dancing With the Stars has announced  its full slate celebrity contestants for season 30, featuring the likes of sitcom, streaming and reality stars, athletes and even a Peloton instructor.

Here is the complete list of contestants:

  • Jimmie Allen - country music star known for “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To”
  • Mel C - Formerly known as Sporty Spice in the ‘90s girl band Spice Girls
  • Christine Chiu - philanthropist and star of Netflix’s reality show Bling Empire
  • Melora Hardin - actress known for The Office, Transparent and The Bold Type
  • Olivia Jade - social media influencer and daughter of Full House actress Lori Laughlin; her parents were involved in the college admission scandal, but Jade has since discussed the issue
  • Matt James - the first Black lead of the Bachelor in franchise history
  • Amanda Kloots - former Broadway dancer and Radio City Rockette, now a co-host of The Talk
  • Martin Kove - actor that starred as John Kreese in The Karate Kid movies and the Netflix series Cobra Kai
  • Suni Lee - gold-medal winning gymnast from the Tokyo Olympics
  • Mike “The Miz” Mizanin - professional wrestler and former star of The Real World and The Challenge
  • Kenya Moore - The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and former Miss USA (1993)
  • Cody Rigsby - Peloton instructor and former professional dancer
  • Brian Austin Green - actor that starred as David Silver in Beverly Hills 90210
  • JoJo Siwa - social media star, singer and actress, currently starring in The J Team on Paramount Plus
  • Iman Shumpert - former NBA player for the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers

When is the next ‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 30 episode?

Dancing With the Stars season 30 is underway. New episodes will every week on Mondays, with the next episode on Sept. 27 marking the first elimination of the season.

How to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Airing live on ABC, Dancing With the Stars is available to viewers who subscribe to a traditional cable package or utilize a TV antenna (check local listing to find your ABC station). The live ABC broadcast can also be viewed by subscribers to a variety of vMVPD services, including YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, FuboTV and Sling TV

If you aren’t able to watch DWTS live, or have cut the cord, no worries. Viewers can stream the latest episodes the day after they air either on ABC.com or on Hulu. 

Past ‘Dancing With the Stars’ winners

Here is the full list of winners from the 29 season of Dancing With the Stars

Season 1: Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo
Season 2: Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke
Season 3: Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke
Season 4: Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough
Season 5: Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough
Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas
Season 7: Brooke Burke-Charvet & Derek Hough
Season 8: Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas
Season 9: Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson
Season 10: Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Season 11: Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough
Season 12: Hines Ward & Kym Johnson
Season 13: J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
Season 14: Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Season 15: Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
Season 16: Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough
Season 17: Amber Riley & Derek Hough
Season 18: Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Season 19: Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Season 20: Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy
Season 21: Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Season 22: Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Season 23: Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy
Season 24: Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater
Season 25: Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
Season 26: Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson
Season 27: Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess
Season 28: Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten
Season 29: Kaityln Bristowe & Artem Chigvinstev

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.