‘DWTS’: Britt Stewart and Johnny Weir Didn’t Mind This Strange Aspect of Season 29

by Jeremy Spirogis
Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart

Dancing With the Stars professional Britt Stewart and her associate Johnny Weir took season 29 by storm. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at play, the present operated rather a lot otherwise from previous years. Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with Stewart over the cellphone about these modifications to the present. Stewart admitted she and Weir didn’t thoughts this distinctive facet of the season. 

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ launched large modifications in season 29 

It’s no secret we’re dwelling amidst a world pandemic. But regardless of the coronavirus, Dancing With the Stars stayed true to the adage “the show must go on.” 

Season 29 debuted on Sept. 14 with many individuals working behind the scenes to make sure the protection of everybody concerned. That included introducing new protocols and utterly casting off a stay viewers.

Outside of the technical modifications and added security measures, Dancing With the Stars made a couple of modifications to the present’s roster. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews didn’t return to host. Instead, Tyra Banks took their place.

The judges’ panel additionally acquired a brand new member. Head choose Len Goodman couldn’t make it to the United States because of the pandemic, so Derek Hough stepped as much as choose. 

For Cheryl Burke, the shortage of an viewers made performing bizarre

Burke has been with Dancing With the Stars for the reason that present’s second season. For her, the coronavirus-inspired modifications to the present felt bizarre at first. 

Burke is used to feeding off of the power a stay viewers offers. But this season, that wasn’t attainable. Burke and her Backstreet Boy associate AJ McLean talked about performing in an empty area on the Pretty Messed Up podcast. 

“It was really strange, personally, for me to perform with no audience,” Burke stated throughout the episode. “Can you imagine doing a show like this for 15 years, and then all of a sudden, you hear crickets after you’re jiving your a*s off.” 

Burke admitted that ballroom dancing is intimate, however performing with no stay viewers nonetheless felt odd. 

“It was an adjustment of sorts,” McLean agreed. “Whenever [Cheryl] talks about the word connection, that’s between her and I — nobody else — with or without an audience.” 

Britt Stewart and Johnny Weir didn’t thoughts the shortage of an viewers on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ 

During our cellphone dialog, Stewart spoke with Showbiz about how the coronavirus has impacted the present this season — together with the lacking viewers. 

“To be honest with you, I didn’t mind [not having an audience],” she stated. “Johnny and I truly talked about this. I’ve been on troupe for 5 seasons, however [I also have] this intensive dance profession outdoors of Dancing with the Stars.” 

Both Stewart and her associate have skilled performing for audiences of various sizes. 

“Johnny has performed for the most people,” Stewart added. “Performing at the Olympics by yourself with billions of people — the whole world. There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush that you get from a live audience, but we kind of appreciated that there was no audience this season.” 

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Stewart stated the shortage of an viewers allowed she and Weir to give attention to one another, their partnership, and most significantly, the dance. Of course, they each missed having their dad and mom there to see them carry out stay. But they had been there in spirit. 

Some individuals actually feed off of that power, which is nice,” Stewart concluded. “But Johnny already had it within himself — we really just got the energy from within ourselves and each other.” 

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