‘Dancing With the Stars’ Returns Sept. 20 — Who Will the Season 30 Cast Feature?

Dancing With the Stars will return this September with an all-new season. Naturally, fans want to know who they can expect to compete for the Mirror Ball. Find out more about the speculations surrounding the cast of DWTS Season 30

CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, and BRUNO TONIOLI on the judges panel of 'Dancing With the Stars'
CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, & BRUNO TONIOLI | Eric McCandless via Getty Images

Tyra Banks returns to host ‘Dancing With the Stars’ 

According to Deadline, actor and model Tyra Banks is coming back to the ballroom for season 30 of DWTS. Last season, Banks replaced the dance competition’s former hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews

In addition to Banks, Dancing With the Stars judges Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli are expected to return. Goodman was missing from last season’s judges’ panel due to the pandemic. 

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 30 cast rumors 

ABC has yet to announce who will star in the next season of Dancing With the Stars. But that doesn’t mean fans haven’t been speculating about the cast in season 30. 

Professional ballroom dancer Hough spoke about who he wants to see perform in the new season during a podcast interview with Hollywood Life. Hough talks about how “cool” it would be to see one of the D’Amelio sisters on DWTS

“Charli’s a really talented dancer and she’s obviously crushing it in the content TikTok world,” Hough says. “I think she would be really good. I think she’d be awesome!”

It’s unclear if the TikTok stars will appear on DWTS, but it’s not entirely unlikely given their recent step into the reality TV spotlight. According to Heavy, other celebrities rumored to be on DWTS Season 30 include UFC fighter Kamaru Usman, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, and Tayshia Adams’ fiancé Zac Clark.

Chris Harrison is also rumored to join the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 30 cast 

Dancing With the Stars is no stranger to having members from Bachelor Nation on the show. But there’s speculation former host Chris Harrison might join the season 30 cast. 

“At first, Chris thought he was being approached to join the show as a host,” a source tells Radar Online. “He was a little upset when he realized Tyra wanted him as a contestant, but after he got over his bruised ego, Chris didn’t say ‘no.'”

Earlier this year, Harrison left The Bachelor franchise after defending Rachael Kirkconnell’s social media posts. Now, it seems he’s looking for other ways to step back into the spotlight. 

Will ‘DWTS’ have a live studio audience in season 30? 

Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars was strange for contestants and viewers alike. Whenever a couple approached the dance floor, they weren’t greeted by a live studio audience. That’s because the world was staying home to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

With much of the world vaccinated, many Dancing With the Stars fans wonder if the show will feature a live audience again. At this time, it’s unclear if showrunners are ready to welcome a live audience back into the ballroom. 

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But as Deadline learned, some of the “creative solutions” that were implemented last season will continue in season 30. “Many of the creative solutions that we came up with actually ended up improving the show,” executive producer Andrew Llinares tells the outlet. He expects to keep some of the those changes regardless of whether the pandemic restrictions stay in place.

Dancing With the Stars Season 30 premieres Sept. 20 on ABC. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for updates on the cast.