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Tyra Banks is BLASTED on Twitter as fans react to her debut as a host of Dancing With The Stars



Tyra Banks boldly made her debut as a host of Dancing With The Stars Monday night during the show’s season 29 premiere.

And fans of the long line of celebrity competitions have taken to Twitter to mercilessly blast the 46-year-old supermodel’s performance.

Most of the tweets desperately begged for the return of veteran guests Tom Bergeron, 65, and Erin Andrews, 42, who were shockingly boxed in July.

Ruthless: Dancing With The Stars fans took to Twitter to mercilessly blow up Tyra Bank's guest debut during Monday night's season 29 premiere

Ruthless: Dancing With The Stars fans took to Twitter to mercilessly blow up Tyra Bank’s guest debut during Monday night’s season 29 premiere

Bergeron had been with the Dancing With The Stars franchise since it launched in 2005, while his former co-host Andrews joined the show in 2014.

In an interview with Extra earlier this month, Andrews revealed that her and Tom’s unexpected firing from Dancing With The Stars “came as a surprise” and that hers came via a phone call.

While no direct reason has ever been given as to why the pair were cut, Valerie Bruce, general manager of LA Productions, said Dancing With The Stars has been taken in “ a new creative direction ” for the season. 29.

He also offered her “sincere thanks to Tom and Erin, who we will always consider part of the Dancing with the Stars family.”

Bring them back: Most tweets desperately begged for the return of veteran hosts Tom Bergeron, 65, and Erin Andrews, 42, who were shockingly boxed in July; Tom and Erin pictured in 2019

Bring them back: Most tweets desperately begged for the return of veteran hosts Tom Bergeron, 65, and Erin Andrews, 42, who were shockingly boxed in July; Tom and Erin pictured in 2019

The couple were let go days before DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Tyra Banks would take over their hosting gig.

“Tyra, please, can she be the first sent home?” wrote one fan, referring to the series’ nerve-wracking weekly eliminations.

Another Twitter user said replacing Tom and Erin with Tyra “replaced the heart of the show.”

“Nothing against her, but it sounds so strange when you hear her voice instead of Tom Bergeron’s. In a year when people WANT the comfort of what is familiar … it’s just a really bad decision, “they explained.

Loss of Heart: A Twitter user said replacing Tom and Erin with Tyra

Loss of Heart: A Twitter user said replacing Tom and Erin with Tyra “replaced the heart of the show”

Witch Hunt: Many Twitter Fans Aggressively Attacked Leaders of Dancing With The Stars for

Witch Hunt: Many Twitter Fans Aggressively Attacked Leaders of Dancing With The Stars for “firing” Tom and Erin

On blast:

On blast: “Anyone who ever thought about putting Tyra on this show must be fired,” mirrored another

Many fans on Twitter have aggressively attacked the leaders of Dancing With The Stars for “firing” Tom and Erin.

“The person who fired Tom Bergeron and replaced him with Tyra Banks must be thrown out of town. It’s horrible, “wrote one.

“Anyone who has ever thought about putting Tyra in this show must be fired,” retorted another.

The Twitter user also added a Justin Timberlake gif from one of his SNL appearances to the tweet, which read: ‘Bad idea. I shouldn’t have done that.

They went there: A fan went so far as to label Tom's firing from Dancing With The Stars as an elder, being that he's 65 and Tyra is 46

They went there: A fan went so far as to label Tom’s firing from Dancing With The Stars as an elder, being that he’s 65 and Tyra is 46

Viewers of The Tyra Show: Devout Dancing With The Stars accused Banks of making the show `` all about her '', due to her frequent commentary and captivating ensembles worn during the premiere episode

Viewers of The Tyra Show: Devout Dancing With The Stars accused Banks of doing the “ all about her ” show, due to her frequent commentary and showy ensembles worn during the premiere episode.

Familiar: Many have likened the ensemble of Bank stolen scenes she wore to her grand entrance to a loofah from 'Bath & Body Works'

Familiar: Many have compared the ensemble of Bank stolen scenes she wore for her grand entrance to a loofah from ‘Bath & Body Works’

One fan has gone so far as to label Tom’s firing from Dancing With The Stars as an elder, being that he is 65 and Tyra is 46.

“Friendly reminder that Tom Bergeron fired from #DWTS is an old man,” they began. “Tyra Banks is a terrible host and Carole Baskin killed her husband.”

Viewers of Devout Dancing With The Stars accused Banks of making the show “all about her”, due to her frequent commentary and her eye-catching ensembles worn during the premiere episode.

“The show has just begun and Tyra has already got on my nerves,” tweeted, followed by an emoji with an eye to the sky.

No: One fan said Tyra

No: One fan said Tyra was “trying too hard to be funny” and her attempts at humor “just didn’t work”

Nervato:

Nervato: “The show has just started and Tyra has already got on my nerves”, read on tweet, followed by an emoji with an eyes to the sky

And it's gone: `` My face lit up when I saw the dancers ... then Tyra walked out, '' tweeted a fan, who clearly didn't feel Tyra's energy.

And it’s gone: “My face lit up when I saw the dancers … then Tyra walked out,” tweeted a fan, who clearly didn’t feel Tyra’s energy.

One fan said Tyra “tried too hard to be funny” and that her attempts at humor “didn’t work.”

‘At least Tyra isn’t doing it all on her,’ one fan tweeted sarcastically, attaching an image of Tyra wearing a bright red ball gown and matching arm gloves on the show.

Many have compared the Bank steals stage outfit she wore for her grand entrance to a “Bath & Body Works” loofah.

“My face lit up when I saw the dancers … then Tyra was gone,” tweeted one fan, who clearly didn’t feel Tyra’s energy.

Even worse: a clearly unimpressed DWTS viewer tagged Tyra as the `` most hated woman in DWTS this season, '' above polarizing Tiger King star Carole Baskin

Even worse: a clearly unimpressed DWTS viewer tagged Tyra as the “ most hated woman in DWTS this season, ” above polarizing Tiger King star Carole Baskin

Ouch: Despite the backlash online, Banks looked into his element as he guided spectators, judges, dancers and contestants through Monday night's season premiere.

Ouch: Despite the backlash online, Banks looked into his element as he guided spectators, judges, dancers and contestants through Monday night’s season premiere.

A clearly unimpressed DWTS viewer tagged Tyra as the “most hated woman in DWTS this season,” above polarizing Tiger King star Carole Baskin.

Despite the backlash online, Banks looked into his element as he guided spectators, judges, dancers and contestants through Monday night’s season premiere.

‘Whoo! Oh, my God, I can’t believe it. I’m finally here. My family and I have been fans of this show since day one. And look, mom, I’m in the ballroom! Banks yelled excitedly into the microphone as he walked into the ballroom.

‘Welcome to Dancing with the Stars! Right here, now!

Tyra rocked a voluminous head of curls and a dramatic makeup face that flattered features as she reacted animatedly to the show’s pre-recorded applause.

Gorgeous: The 46-year-old supermodel, who replaced show business veterans Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, wore a gorgeous bright red ball gown and matching arm-length gloves

Gorgeous: The 46-year-old supermodel, who replaced show business veterans Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, wore a gorgeous bright red ball gown and matching arm-length gloves

All the Drama: Tyra rocked a voluminous head of curls and a dramatic face of flattering makeup as she reacted animatedly to the show's pre-recorded cheers

All the drama: Tyra rocked a voluminous head of curls and a dramatic face of flattering makeup as she reacted animatedly to the show’s pre-recorded cheers

She spoke directly to viewers at home and admitted how a “dream come true” her hosting concert on Dancing With The Stars was for her.

Banks added, “I’m so grateful to be part of this incredible legacy.”

He then introduced contestants from season 29 which include Baskin, cheering team coach Monica Aldama, bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe, NFL star Vernon Davis, actress Skai Jackson, actress Justina Machado , TV host Jeannie Mai, Jesse Metcalfe, rapper Nelly, TV host Nev Schulman, real estate agent Chrishell Stause, Olympian Johnny Weir, film actress Anne Heche, former NBA star Charles Oakley and Backstreet Boys lead singer AJ McLean.

In an effortless transition, Tyra tackled the social distancing guidelines in place, right down to the placement of judges and dancers, and even the show’s iconic ballroom layout.

Dress Change: After Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean fired off the cannon with his jive-clad dance partner Cheryl Burke, Banks returned to the ground in a fuchsia flared-legged trouser suit

Dress Change: After Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean fired off the cannon with his jive-clad dance partner Cheryl Burke, Banks returned to the ground in a fuchsia flared-legged trouser suit

‘As you can see, to ensure the safety of our cast and phenomenal crew, we have seriously renovated the ballroom. Even the judges have given way to social distances, ‘said the former America’s Next Top Model host.

He then introduced the judges for season 29, which included series regulars Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and the new Derek Hough.

‘And we want to welcome our new judge, six-time mirror ball champion, Derek Hough, Tyra announced, before inquiring about the 35-year-old professional dancer’ s enthusiasm for his new concert.

“This is where America first met you, as a dancer, and now you are a judge. What’s it like to be on that side of the desk?

Social distancing: 'As you can see, to ensure the safety of our cast and phenomenal crew, we've given the ballroom a serious makeover. Even the judges have given way to social distances, 'said the former America's Next Top Model host

Social distancing: “As you can see, to ensure the safety of our cast and phenomenal crew, we have seriously revamped the ballroom. The judges have also made room for social distancing,” said the former America’s Next Top host. Model

Derek cheered on what Dancing with the Stars means [him]”and who is” so excited to be here “.

Tyra explained to viewers that veteran judge Len Goodman “ was unable to travel safely from the UK to the US, ” which is why Hough replaced him.

Goodman, 76, appeared virtually during the Monday night premiere to congratulate Derek, encourage contestants, and to give Tyra a “10” for her performance as a presenter.

‘Guess what. You’re getting a 10 from Len, “Goodman said with a smile, to which Tyra replied,” Oh, thank you, Len. Wow. A 10 from Len. I’m about to cry.

Introductions: Tyra introduced the judges for season 29, which included series regulars Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and the new Derek Hough

Introductions: Tyra introduced the judges for season 29, which included series regulars Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and the new Derek Hough

New judge: 'And we want to welcome our new judge, six-time mirror ball champion, Derek Hough, Tyra announced, before inquiring about the 35-year-old professional dancer' s enthusiasm for his new concert.

New judge: “ And we want to welcome our new judge, six-time mirror ball champion, Derek Hough, Tyra announced, before inquiring about the 35-year-old professional dancer ‘s enthusiasm for his new concert.

After AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys fired off the cannon with his jive-wielding dance partner Cheryl Burke, Banks returned to the ground in a fuchsia trouser suit.

Tyra didn’t hold back as she engaged in frequent laughing jokes with the judges, coaches and competing celebrities, while staying in tune with the show’s fast-paced format.

In the style of her hit series America’s Next Top Model, Tyra came to terms with colloquialisms as she reacted to the judges’ scores.

At one point, Derek, Carrie Ann, and Bruno praised Extra TV host Jeannie Mai and her professional partner Brandon Armstrong for their energetic salsa, only scoring a collective 18 out of 30.

Which, at that point in the show, was the fourth 18-point score of the evening.

Check-in: Len Goodman, 76, appeared virtually during the Monday night premiere to congratulate Derek, encourage contestants, and to give Tyra a

Check-in: Len Goodman, 76, appeared virtually during the Monday night premiere to congratulate Derek, encourage contestants, and to give Tyra a “10” for her performance as a presenter.

10 from Len: 'Guess what. You're getting a 10 from Len,

10 from Len: ‘Guess what. You’re getting a 10 from Len, “Goodman said with a smile, to which Tyra replied,” Oh, thank you, Len. Wow. A 10 from Len. I’m about to cry ‘

“These judges are shady. They are shady. Right? I’m sorry. The shade in the room and the tea being sipped at home right now, ”Tyra observed playfully as she fanned herself with her cue.

Banks suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction towards the end of Monday night’s broadcast, but shrugged off the incident like a total pro.

“I lost an earring,” she announced, before untangling a single chandelier earrings from her hair.

‘I promised everyone I’d be TRULY real [on this show]. I can pass it to you, Carrie Ann. Take this earring, girl. To catch. The scores?

After all 12 contestants performed their dance routines on the dance floor, Tyra reminded the spectators at home to “throw” [their] vote next Tuesday night for their favorites.

Jokes: Tyra didn't hold back as she engaged in frequent laughing jokes with the judges, coaches and competing celebrities, keeping in tune with the show's fast-paced format

Jokes: Tyra didn’t hold back as she engaged in frequent laughing jokes with the judges, coaches and competing celebrities, keeping in tune with the show’s fast-paced format

‘The glitter is flying. Those bananas were crazy, out of the box. It was the first night for all these stars and they brought it ‘, when the long premiere of the season began.

‘Guys, I had so much fun tonight. I hope you did too. Thank you so much for welcoming me to this ballroom, “he concluded.

15 contestants and their professional partners performed during the season 29 premiere, including Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause and Tiger King’s Carole Baskin.

Baskin, 59, performed a passionate paso doble routine to the tune of Survivor’s hit song Eye Of The Tiger with professional dancer Pasha Pashkov.

All the Jargon: In the style of her hit series America's Next Top Model, Tyra got in touch with colloquialisms as she reacted to judges' scores

All the Jargon: In the style of her hit series America’s Next Top Model, Tyra came to terms with colloquialisms as she reacted to judges’ scores

Confusion: At one point, Derek, Carrie Ann and Bruno praised Extra TV host Jeannie Mai and her pro partner Brandon Armstrong for their energetic salsa, only scoring a collective 18 out of 30.

Confusion: At one point, Derek, Carrie Ann and Bruno praised Extra TV host Jeannie Mai and her pro partner Brandon Armstrong for their energetic salsa, only scoring a collective 18 out of 30.

Shady: 'These judges are shady. They are shady. Right? I'm sorry. The shade in the room and the tea being sipped at home right now, 'Tyra observed playfully as she fanned herself with her cue.

Shady: ‘These judges are shady. They are shady. Right? I’m sorry. The shade in the room and the tea being sipped at home right now, ‘Tyra observed playfully as she fanned herself with her cue.

Baskin in a long tiger striped skirt and wearing a purple garland freed Pasha from a cage full of stuffed tiger animals.

They received a score of 11 points from the judges and finished at the bottom of the rankings at the end of the premiere.

Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, 42, was paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke and they scored 18 for their first dance.

Stause, 39, star of Netflix’s reality show Selling Sunset, was next up with pro partner Gleb Savchenko and scored 13 points.

Duking it out: 15 contestants and their professional partners performed during the season 29 premiere, including Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause and Tiger King's Carole Baskin

Duking it out: 15 contestants and their professional partners performed during the season 29 premiere, including Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause and Tiger King’s Carole Baskin

Eye Of The Tiger: Baskin, 59, performed a passionate paso doble routine to the tune of Survivor's hit song Eye Of The Tiger with professional dancer Pasha Pashkov

Eye Of The Tiger: Baskin, 59, performed a passionate paso doble routine to the tune of Survivor’s hit song Eye Of The Tiger with professional dancer Pasha Pashkov

Former pro football player Vernon Davis, 36, and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a foxtrot that garnered positive reviews from the judges and 17 points.

Anne Heche, 51, danced a cha-cha with professional partner Keo Motsepe on Dua Lipa’s hit song Don’t Start Now which ended in a big dramatic drop.

They earned six points from all three judges for 18 points.

Jeannie Mae, 41, and pro partner Brandon Armstrong in neon green suits performed a salsa that earned 18 points from the judges.

Backstreet is back: Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, 42, was paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke and they scored 18 for their first dance

Backstreet is back: Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, 42, was paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke and they scored 18 for their first dance

Elegant: Stause, 39, star of the Netflix reality show Selling Sunset, was next up with pro partner Gleb Savchenko and scored 13 points

Elegant: Stause, 39, star of the Netflix reality show Selling Sunset, was next up with pro partner Gleb Savchenko and scored 13 points

Jesse Metcalfe, 41, and pro partner Sharna Burgess performed a quick step that Hough called a “great first dance.”

They earned a score of 18 points from the judges.

The youngest contestant of the show Skai Jackson, 18, and professional partner Alan Bersten scored 21 points and became the top favorites.

Bachelorette party star Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35, performed a cha-cha with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev, 38, who returned to the show after not appearing in season 28.

Bristowe and Chigvintsev, who recently welcomed a child with girlfriend Nikki Bella, received a score of 20 points from the judges.

Off the charts: Former professional footballer Vernon Davis, 36, and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a foxtrot that garnered positive judges reviews and 17 points

Off the charts: Former professional footballer Vernon Davis, 36, and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a foxtrot that garnered positive judges reviews and 17 points

Killed: Anne Heche, 51, danced a cha-cha with professional partner Keo Motsepe on Dua Lipa's hit song Don't Start Now which ended in a big dramatic drop

Killed: Anne Heche, 51, danced a cha-cha with professional partner Keo Motsepe on Dua Lipa’s hit song Don’t Start Now which ended in a big dramatic drop

Catfish presenter Nev Schulman, 35, danced a foxtrot with Jenna Johnson that the judges were delighted with before awarding them a score of 20 points.

Johnny Weir, 36, was paired with Britt Stewart who was making her debut as a professional dancer on the show. They performed a cha-cha which earned applause in the beams from fellow contestants and a score of 18 from the judges.

One Day At A Time star Justina Machado, 48, was paired with professional dancer Sasha Farber. They exalted the ballroom with their energy as they performed and earned 21 points from the judges.

Former NBA star Charles Oakley, 56, was paired with pro partner Emma Slater and they danced a salsa that scored 12 from the judges.

Monica Aldama, who appeared in Netflix’s Cheer docuseries, teamed up with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy and admitted she was “terrified”.

Neon: Jeannie Mae, 41, and professional partner Brandon Armstrong in neon green outfits performed a salsa that earned 18 points from the judges

Neon: Jeannie Mae, 41, and pro partner Brandon Armstrong in neon green outfits performed a salsa that earned 18 points from the judges

Concentrated: Jesse Metcalfe, 41, and pro partner Sharna Burgess performed a quick step that Hough called a 'great first dance'

Concentrato: Jesse Metcalfe, 41 anni, e la partner pro Sharna Burgess hanno eseguito un passo veloce che Hough ha definito un ‘grande primo ballo’

Preferito: il concorrente più giovane dello show Skai Jackson, 18 anni, e il partner professionista Alan Bersten hanno segnato 21 punti e sono diventati i primi favoriti

Preferito: il concorrente più giovane dello show Skai Jackson, 18 anni, e il partner professionista Alan Bersten hanno segnato 21 punti e sono diventati i primi favoriti

Hanno ballato un foxtrot su My Wish di Rascal Flatts e hanno ottenuto un punteggio di 19 punti.

Nelly, 45 anni, e la ballerina professionista Daniella Karagach hanno eseguito una salsa alla sua canzone Ride With Me che si è conclusa con il rapper e cantante che ha eseguito un backflip.

Tonioli ha detto che la loro interazione è stata “divertente”, mentre Inaba ha ammesso di essere rimasta sorpresa dal backflip di Nelly prima che i giudici assegnassero loro 16 punti.

Cha-cha: la star dell'addio al nubilato Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35 anni, si è esibita in un cha-cha con il partner professionista Artem Chigvintsev, 38 anni, che è tornato allo show dopo non essere apparso nella stagione 28

Cha-cha: la star dell’addio al nubilato Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35 anni, si è esibita in un cha-cha con il partner professionista Artem Chigvintsev, 38 anni, che è tornato allo show dopo non essere apparso nella stagione 28

Graceful: il presentatore di pesce gatto Nev Schulman, 35 anni, ha ballato un foxtrot con Jenna Johnson di cui i giudici sono rimasti entusiasti prima di assegnare loro un punteggio di 20 punti

Graceful: il presentatore di pesce gatto Nev Schulman, 35 anni, ha ballato un foxtrot con Jenna Johnson che i giudici hanno entusiasmato prima di assegnare loro un punteggio di 20 punti

Vantaggio: Johnny Weir, 36 anni, era in coppia con Britt Stewart che stava facendo il suo debutto come ballerina professionista nello show. Hanno eseguito un cha-cha che ha guadagnato applausi tra le travi dei compagni concorrenti e un punteggio di 18 dai giudici

Vantaggio: Johnny Weir, 36 anni, era in coppia con Britt Stewart che stava facendo il suo debutto come ballerina professionista nello show. Hanno eseguito un cha-cha che ha guadagnato applausi tra le travi dei compagni concorrenti e un punteggio di 18 dai giudici

Oltre a diventare la prima conduttrice nera della serie, Banks è stata anche premiata con un titolo di produttore esecutivo, che è stato rivelato su Good Morning America a luglio.

“La ABC voleva rinfrescare lo spettacolo e portarlo in una nuova direzione”, ha detto una fonte.

“Tyra è una conduttrice televisiva esperta che sa come produrre una TV eccezionale e creare momenti televisivi”.

“È dinamica e divertente e porterà una nuova energia allo spettacolo.”

Energia: La star di One Day At A Time Justina Machado, 48 anni, era in coppia con la ballerina professionista Sasha Farber. Hanno esaltato la sala da ballo con la loro energia mentre si esibivano e hanno guadagnato 21 punti dai giudici

Energia: La star di One Day At A Time Justina Machado, 48 anni, era in coppia con la ballerina professionista Sasha Farber. Hanno esaltato la sala da ballo con la loro energia mentre si esibivano e hanno guadagnato 21 punti dai giudici

Raggiungere nuove vette: l'ex star dell'NBA Charles Oakley, 56 anni, era in coppia con la partner pro Emma Slater e hanno ballato una salsa che ha ottenuto un punteggio di 12 dai giudici

Raggiungere nuove vette: l’ex star dell’NBA Charles Oakley, 56 anni, era in coppia con la partner pro Emma Slater e hanno ballato una salsa che ha ottenuto un punteggio di 12 dai giudici

In una dichiarazione, Tyra ha esultato per essere stata “una fan di DWTS sin dal suo inizio” e per essere sempre stata attratta dal “divertimento misto a emozioni crude, vedere le celebrità spingersi oltre le loro zone di comfort, le sfrenate esibizioni di danza”.

‘Mi ha sempre trasportato ai miei giorni in cui ho alzato di 10 tacche in passerella. Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.’

Banks also said she was ‘excited’ to step into the role of both host and executive producer and thrilled to ‘break down’ barriers by becoming the show’s first solo black female host.

In a recent interview with NPR, just days before the DWTS season 29 premiere, the supermodel she felt nervous ‘stepping into [Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews] shoes’ on the series.

‘I think the challenge is stepping into shoes. I mean, you know, Tom Bergeron and Erin. They lead the show, this is one of the top-rated shows in the world. So [I’m] respecting the stage that they have set and then adding my icing to that,’ she explained.

Although she ‘feels confident’ about stepping up as the show’s new hostess, she recognizes that ‘of course, it’s a challenge.’

She added: ‘But I don’t back away from challenges.’

Replaced: DailyMail.com exclusively revealed in July that Tyra would replace Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as host of Dancing With The Stars, just days before the model appeared on Good Morning America to unveil her new gig

Replaced: DailyMail.com exclusively revealed in July that Tyra would replace Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as host of Dancing With The Stars, just days before the model appeared on Good Morning America to unveil her new gig

Tyra Banks Makes Ballroom Debut as Host of Dancing With The Stars

Tyra Banks took over the ballroom as the new host of Dancing With The stars during Monday night’s highly anticipated season 29 premiere on ABC.

The 46-year-old supermodel, who replaced show veterans Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, donned a stunning bright red ball gown and matching arm-length gloves.

‘Whoo! Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe it. I’m finally here. My family and I have been fans of this show since day one. And look, mama, I’m in the ballroom!’ shouted Banks excitedly into her microphone.

‘Welcome to Dancing with the stars! Right here, right now!’

Hostess with the mostess: Tyra Banks took the dance floor as the new host of Dancing With The stars during Monday night's highly anticipated season 29 premiere on ABC

Hostess with the mostess: Tyra Banks took the dance floor as the new host of Dancing With The stars during Monday night’s highly anticipated season 29 premiere on ABC

Tyra rocked a voluminous head of curls and a dramatic face of feature flattering makeup as she reacted animatedly to the show’s prerecorded applause.

She spoke directly to viewers at home and admitted how much of a ‘dream come true’ her hosting gig on Dancing With The Stars was for her.

Tyra added: ‘I’m so grateful to be a part of this incredible legacy.’

In an effortless transition, Tyra addressed the social-distancing guidelines in place, down to the positioning of the judges and dancers and even the layout of the show’s iconic ballroom.

Stunning: The 46-year-old supermodel, who replaced show veterans Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, donned a stunning bright red ball gown and matching arm-length gloves

Stunning: The 46-year-old supermodel, who replaced show veterans Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, donned a stunning bright red ball gown and matching arm-length gloves

All the drama: Tyra rocked a voluminous head of curls and a dramatic face of feature flattering makeup as she reacted animatedly to the show's prerecorded applause

All the drama: Tyra rocked a voluminous head of curls and a dramatic face of feature flattering makeup as she reacted animatedly to the show’s prerecorded applause

‘As you can see, to ensure the safety of our cast and our phenomenal crew, we’ve given the ballroom a serious makeover. Even the judges have made some room for social distancing,’ said the former America’s Next Top Model host.

She then introduced the judges for season 29, which included series regulars Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and the newly added Derek Hough.

‘And we want to welcome our new judge, six-time mirror ball champion, Derek Hough, announced Tyra, before inquiring about the 35-year-old pro dancer’s excitement towards his new gig.

‘This is where America first met you, as a dancer, and now you’re a judge. What is it like to be on that side of the desk?’

Outfit change: After Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean 'shot right out of the cannon' with his dance partner Cheryl Burke with the jive, Banks returned to the floor in an eye-popping fuchsia pantsuit with flared legs

Outfit change: After Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean ‘shot right out of the cannon’ with his dance partner Cheryl Burke with the jive, Banks returned to the floor in an eye-popping fuchsia pantsuit with flared legs

Social-distancing: 'As you can see, to ensure the safety of our cast and our phenomenal crew, we've given the ballroom a serious makeover. Even the judges have made some room for social distancing,' said the former America's Next Top Model host

Social-distancing: ‘As you can see, to ensure the safety of our cast and our phenomenal crew, we’ve given the ballroom a serious makeover. Even the judges have made some room for social distancing,’ said the former America’s Next Top Model host

Derek gushed over how much Dancing With The Stars ‘means to [him]’ and that he is ‘so excited to be here.’

Tyra explained to viewers that veteran judge Len Goodman ‘wasn’t able to safely travel from the U.K. to the United States,’ hence why Hough replaced him.

Goodman, 76, appeared virtually during Monday night’s premiere to congratulate Derek, encourage the competitors, and to give Tyra a ’10’ for her performance as host.

‘Guess what. You’re getting a 10 from Len,’ said Goodman with a smile, to which Tyra replied: ‘Oh, thanks, Len. Wow. A 10 from Len. I’m going to tear up.’

Introductions: Tyra introduced the judges for season 29, which included series regulars Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and the newly added Derek Hough

Introductions: Tyra introduced the judges for season 29, which included series regulars Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and the newly added Derek Hough

New judge: 'And we want to welcome our new judge, six-time mirror ball champion, Derek Hough, announced Tyra, before inquiring about the 35-year-old pro dancer's excitement towards his new gig

New judge: ‘And we want to welcome our new judge, six-time mirror ball champion, Derek Hough, announced Tyra, before inquiring about the 35-year-old pro dancer’s excitement towards his new gig

After Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean ‘shot right out of the cannon’ with his dance partner Cheryl Burke with the jive, Banks returned to the floor in an eye-popping fuchsia pantsuit.

Tyra did not hold back as she engaged in frequent laugh-filled banter with the judges, coaches, and celebrity contestants, while keeping in tune with the show’s fast paced format.

In the style of her hit series America’s Next Top Model, Tyra came in clutch with the colloquialisms as she reacted to the judges’ scores.

At one point, Derek, Carrie Ann, and Bruno gave Extra TV host Jeannie Mai and her pro partner Brandon Armstrong high praise for their energetic salsa, while only delivering a collective score of 18 out of 30.

Which, at that point in the show, was the fourth 18 point score of the evening.

Checking in: Len Goodman, 76, appeared virtually during Monday night's premiere to congratulate Derek, encourage the competitors, and to give Tyra a '10' for her performance as host

Checking in: Len Goodman, 76, appeared virtually during Monday night’s premiere to congratulate Derek, encourage the competitors, and to give Tyra a ’10’ for her performance as host

10 from Len: 'Guess what. You're getting a 10 from Len,' said Goodman with a smile, to which Tyra replied: 'Oh, thanks, Len. Wow. A 10 from Len. I'm going to tear up'

10 from Len: ‘Guess what. You’re getting a 10 from Len,’ said Goodman with a smile, to which Tyra replied: ‘Oh, thanks, Len. Wow. A 10 from Len. I’m going to tear up’

‘These judges are shady. They are shady. Destra? I’m sorry. The shade in the room, and the tea that is being sipped at home right now,’ remarked Tyra playfully as she fanned herself with her cue card.

Banks experienced a minor wardrobe malfunction towards the end of Monday night’s broadcast, but she shook off the incident like a total pro

‘I lost an earring,’ she announced, before untangling a single chandelier earrings from her hair.

‘I promised y’all that I was gonna be REAL real [on this show]. I may pass it to you, Carrie Ann. Take this earring, girl. Catch. Scores?’

After all 15 competitors performed their dance routines out on the ballroom floor, Tyra reminded viewers at home to ‘cast [their] votes next Tuesday night’ for their favorites.

Banter: Tyra did not hold back as she engaged in frequent laugh-filled banter with the judges, coaches, and celebrity contestants, while keeping in tune with the show's fast paced format

Banter: Tyra did not hold back as she engaged in frequent laugh-filled banter with the judges, coaches, and celebrity contestants, while keeping in tune with the show’s fast paced format

‘The glitter has been flying. That was bananas crazy, off the chain. It was the first night for all these stars and they brought it,’ as she began closing out the lengthy season premiere.

‘You guys, I had such a great time tonight. I hope you did, too. Thank you so much for welcoming me into this ballroom,’ she concluded.

Tyra in addition to her new hosting duty also became an executive producer of Dancing With The Stars.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model created the series America’s Next Top Model.


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