‘Dancing with the Stars’ host praises ‘stars,’ brushes off lack of buzz

Ready for the new season?

If you look at Monday night’s season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” you can really look at it from two separate perspectives. Is it going to likely be a good bit of fun? Sure, but is it going to lure away viewers currently watching “The Voice” over on NBC? Probably not with this cast.

At the end of the day, you do have to give host Tom Bergeron credit for one thing — even when you do have a cast containing a few ho-hum names (which is the case this time), the man still finds a way to go to bat for them. Speaking to TV Guide in an interview, our master emcee of all things sparkly (and quite possibly the most-underrated host on TV when it comes to being quick on his feet) did his best to brush off the talk about none of these stars being controversial by talking about how much fun they are instead:

“There was a real effort to evoke in our fans a feeling of nostalgia. It’s a very feel-good season … There’s a lot of charisma in this group, and I really like them. Within the office, I think there’s a sense that it’s gonna be a lot of fun. It’s important to mix it up. Having a controversial cast member is another arrow in your quiver and you can always use that when you think it’s a good idea. I think coming off a season or two where we had used that arrow … that it’s smart to take a breather, take a detour that in some ways harkens back to the earlier seasons.”

While this season may have the worst cast ever when it comes to star power (mostly because that there were still a couple of names that even we struggled with), there is still a point to be made that the stars we meet on the show are just as entertaining as the stars we knew beforehand. We weren’t too familiar with Helio Castroneves, Kyle Massey, or J.R. Martinez when they first came on the show, but now they are some of our favorite “DWTS” cast members ever. Meanwhile, David Hasselhoff, Kim Kardashian, and Kathy Ireland were pretty massive letdowns.

Ultimately, it’s possible that we are a bit too cynical on the amount of “stars” that are on this season, mostly because we really watch it for the sequins, the spectacle, and the silliness, anyway. We’re sure at some point that Bruno Tonioli will be inappropriate, that Maksim Chmerkovskiy will take his shirt off, and that Carrie Ann Inaba will get up and awkwardly dance in reaction to what someone does on the floor. So long as we get all this, we really have to admit that we’ll be happy just so long as the stars are remotely interesting and they don’t just all come out and dance the boring routines that Len Goodman loves every week.

Are you as excited for this season as you have been for some others in the past? Check back following the premiere, as we are as always going to have our full impressions.

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