Alfonso Ribeiro opened about 31St season of “Dance with the Stars” in a recent interview.
In July 2022, Ribeiro was announced as the co-host of “DWTS”. alongside Tyra Banks, who replaced veteran host Tom Bergeron after him was fired from the show in 2020. Ribeiro is also “DWTS” champion, having won the Mirrorball trophy eight years ago in season 19.
On September 30, 2022, Ribeiro was a guest on Sherri Shepherd’s daytime talk show. “Sheri”, where he talked about his family life and his two TV hosting jobs on America’s Funniest Home Videos and Dancing With the Stars.
Ribeiro told Shepherd that his role as co-host on the “DWTS” Skybox is a “very specific job to help the contestants sell themselves in America.” He also revealed two stars that surprised him.
Alfonso Ribeiro revealed who surprised him the most in the “DWTS” ballroom
The Dancing With the Stars cast includes several stars who have no dance experience, including actors Jason Lewis and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” Star Teresa Giudice, who were eliminated as the first two participants.
But when asked who surprised him the most in the ballroom, Ribeiro admitted that when he first saw the cast list he wasn’t sure if some of the contestants would stick around on the show.
“The two people who have surprised me the most are Daniel Durant, who is deaf,” Ribeiro told Shepherd. “And the ability to dance without hearing the music. Not being able to hear the music… and he’s so spot on. Total surprise for me.”
“The other is Joseph Baena,” Ribeiro added. “He’s a big boy. This is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son. He’s a big man. It’s hard to pull straight lines and look graceful when you’re so muscular. And Daniela [Karagach] does such a great job with him. Those are the two surprises I wasn’t expecting.”
Daniel Durant & Joseph Baena spoke about their challenges on ‘DWTS’
Durant is the third deaf person to compete on “DWTS.” after people. In 2016, deaf model Nyle DiMarco took home the Mirrorball trophy. And like DiMarco, Durant impressed the DWTS judges. On The Elvis themed night, he received an impressive 29 points for his jive with pro dancer Britt Stewart. In an interview with paradeDurant said he “struggled” a bit with the complicated dance and that his high score “made” his night.
In an interview with the daily mothDurant revealed that he actually told both his agent and manager that he wanted to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” and two weeks later he was asked to be on the show.
“Part of my personality is that I love to dance to any beat, especially with heavy bass,” revealed Durant. “I just love to dance and feel the beats like the deaf usually do, don’t I? So I told my team that I wanted to be part of DWTS. Tick off my bucket list!” Durant also vowed that his “goal” was to win the Mirrorball trophy.
As for Baena, he has admitted that his muscular physique was a little detrimental to him in the ballroom.
“I’m feeling really heavy,” Baena admitted to E! news. “It’s not the best feeling. I usually feel pretty light with 300 pounds on my back. It is not so bad. But running around, jumping, that’s a lot!”
Schwarzenegger’s son added that he was up for the challenge on Dancing With the Stars.
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