Dancing With The Stars Season 29: Supermodel Tyra Banks Joining as Host + Full Cast of Pros
August 18, 2020
A new season of “Dancing With the Stars” returns with a lineup of diversified pro dancers and the debut of Tyra Banks to join the massively successful franchise as the first Black female host hired on the show.
On Tuesday (Aug 18) GMA revealed a list of 29 pro-dancers to compete for the mirror ball trophy 2020 including the announcement of DWTS first-ever, Black female pro, Britt Stewart. Hard to believe it took this long for the network to cast women of color but it's true. Stewart he has toured and performed alongside artists such as Florence + The Machine, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Janet Jackson, and was one of Katy Perry's dancers on her Prismatic World Tour.
She embarked on her professional dance career at the young age of twelve. Stewart specialized in modern and cultural dance styles at the renowned Denver School of Arts as well as Loyola Marymount University for their modern and ballet program.
ABC diversifies Season 29 cast with first black pro-dancer, Britt Stewart photo-ABC
Other Season 29 pros include Brandon Armstrong, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Sharna Burgess, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Daniella Karagach.
Judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will reprise their role as judges. Banks was hired as Tom Bergeron's successor after he was fired from ABC after 15 years of hosting the show along with his former co-host, Erin Andrews.
The replacement of host Tom Bergeron with a woman of color (Tyra Banks) may signal a big step forward in ABC’s pursuit toward multicultural talent and diversified programming.
Catch Season 29 of “Dancing With the Stars” airs on ABC on Sept. 14.