Tyra Banks has been a divisive presence in the Dancing With the Stars family since joining the show ahead of season 29. While fans may have mixed feelings about the host, professional dancers on the show have openly shown their support for the host.
Now, ballroom dancing competition season 31 finalist Gleb Savchenko champions Banks and her role on the show in an interview with The US Sun.
“I love Tyra,” he shared. “[She] is phenomenal. Not only is she beautiful and gorgeous and a great hostess and she has great outfits, but she is a very kind, sweet, really big hearted person.”
The professional dancer added, “Because of the whole Covid thing, we haven’t bonded too much, but sometimes we see each other on the sidewalk or something and she’s always hugging and going, ‘Oh, guys, good luck.'”
Savchenko says banks ‘support everyone’
Savchenko also shared that he appreciates Banks’ involvement in the show.
“And she’s great, great investment,” said Savchenko. “She’s super involved with the show and she’s just so supportive of everyone because she’s standing by and watching the whole performance. And I see how she really cares about every couple when we dance.”
When it comes to Banks and her new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, Savchenko thinks the two work well together.
“I love Alfonso,” he said. “We have a great time in the Skybox. He is so great and we all feel very comfortable with him. And it’s just a really comfortable, fun and exciting environment to be with him.”
Dancing With the Stars will look different next season
Though the hosts may remain the same, “Dancing With the Stars” will look different next season when it returns.
Len Goodman, who has been a fixture on the show since its premiere, announced on Monday, November 14 that he is leaving the show for good.
“I have been with the show since it began in 2005 and it has been a great pleasure to be part of such a wonderful show, but I have decided to spend more time with my grandchildren and family in the UK. Goodman told fans during the episode, before thanking the Dancing With the Stars family for the “wonderful experience.”
Savchenko called Goodman “a legend”. talk to reporters after the Monday evening episode.
“All the criticism and all the little points he used to make to us, we all took that into account and worked on it because he’s the representation of ballroom dancing,” he said. “So it’s heartbreaking for him to leave the show. I got emotional when I heard it. We all just love Len so much, and if we don’t have him, a piece will be missing.”
Savchenko later shared a sweet letter Gutman on Instagram.
“Every time you gave us comments, we went back to the studio and worked extra hard to improve it,” he wrote. “They pushed us to be authentic and true to the style of ballroom dancing we were given each week, and I always try to incorporate your favorite pursuit capes and spins into a Paso Doble.”
He added, “You are the heart of the ballroom and I will miss you so much.”
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Disney+. The season 31 finale will air Monday, November 21, 2022.
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