The highly anticipated season 24 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” airs tonight on ABC, and “Good Morning America” took a behind-the-scenes look with former competitor Alfonso Ribeiro at the final dress rehearsal before the show gets underway.
Newly engaged Nick Viall jumped from one reality show to the next and has already drawn comparisons between “DWTS” and “The Bachelor.”
“You just — all you want to do is not go home Night 1,” he said, laughing.
The dance competition is expected to be an intense battle from the beginning. Dance music and reality TV star Erika Jayne and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, said they’ve set some high stakes.
Jayne said they “didn’t come here to lose” and promised to give him one of her cars if they win. “If I win, I’m getting a Lamborghini,” Savchenko said with a smile. “I promised,” Jayne confirmed.
Dancing veteran Witney Carson — Ribeiro’s former partner — will be paired up with former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chris Kattan.
Spanish-born music and pop culture icon Charo will step out in the spotlight with her partner, Keo Mostepe. Luckily for hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, Charo will not be going by her full name, Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baez.
NFL star running back Rashad Jennings is trading in his touchdown dances for full length routines this season and said the main difference between the field and the stage is “I can’t hide my emotions, I can’t hide behind a helmet.”
Seasoned pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd welcomed their first child, son Shai, in January, and their new dance partners said being parents has changed the power couple. “Glee” star Heather Morris said, “Maks has been softened.”
“He comes in, and he talks about his child, laughing and smiling,” she added.
Viall said of his dancing partner, Murgatroyd, “She’s incredibly patient. I think maybe that’s that maternal instinct she has now.” She agreed she’s a little more sensitive with her…