“Dancing With the Stars” pulled out all the stops for the Season 21 premiere of the hit ABC series. But according to reports, the long-running competition is preparing to one-up its glittery and glamorous fall debut by doing something that has never been done on the show before.
“For the first time ever we’re going to hear from the celebrities and from the pros about the hometown that shaped who they are,” Mark Ballas, who is partnered with “Spy Kids” actress Alexa PenaVega, says during a promo video for Week 2.
That’s right, audiences will get a glimpse into the lives of not only their favorite red carpet stars but also the pro dancers who are helping the competitors strive for gold (and the title of “DWTS” champion!). In addition to viewers getting the exclusive sneak peek, they also get to see how the Season 21 partners managed to learn two dances in just four, short days.
“How do you teach somebody to learn two dances in four days when its taken me 10 days to learn one?” reality star Kim Zolciak, who earned the lowest score during the premiere episode, asks her partner Tony Dovolani.
“I pray a lot,” he quips.
But all jokes aside, we’re crossing our fingers that the “DWTS” duos can pull it off after it was revealed in the trailer for the upcoming installment just how much the participants have been struggling during rehearsals.
“Learning two dances is make or break,” Alek Skarlatos’ partner Lindsay Arnold says as the camera cuts to a clip of her shimmying sidekick falling to the floor during one of their practices.
“It’s just that hard,” the “Honey I’m Good” singer Andy Grammer adds.
But if the competitors want a chance at taking home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy, they’ll have to stop their complaining and dance. During episode 2, which airs Monday, Sept. 21, two celebrities will be eliminated from the star-studded Season 21 cast, meaning that only 11 couples will remain in the competition.
“It’s a two night event. You’re not going to want to miss it,” social media star Hayes Grier promises fans.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.