Tyra Banks took over as host, after the producers opted to switch longtime staple Tom Bergeron. Derek Hough additionally sat in as a decide for Len Goodman — who appeared briefly through distant — with the reason that Goodman was unable to journey to the US from London as a consequence of Covid-19 restrictions.The set had a brand new look, with the judges sitting socially distanced, and the contestants watching from an elevated platform above. However the actually notable half wasn’t a lot the sights because the sound, with inserted crowd noise (compensating for the shortage of a studio viewers) that was so loud within the early going it almost drowned out Banks, although she was shouting over it.The centerpiece among the many contestants, in the meantime, was clearly animal activist Carole Baskin, made well-known, and infamous, by the Netflix unscripted collection “Tiger King.” She danced, seemingly inevitably, to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” garnering the bottom rating of the night time from the judges. Disney Channel star Skai Jackson and “One Day at a Time’s” Justina Machado tied for first.”Dancing” basically kicks off a fall TV season (although it would not formally start till subsequent week) that can see the printed networks current a marked enhance in unscripted applications, which had been capable of get again into manufacturing quicker than typical dramas and sitcoms through the pandemic. On this case, a few of the strategies used mirrored these being employed on sports activities broadcasts, which have additionally sought to switch crowds with visible and sound results.Whereas reveals like Fox’s “The Masked Singer” might be again subsequent week — like “Dancing,” in an altered kind — the networks are counting on acquisitions of scripted fare to maintain the lights on till stalwarts like “That is Us” and “Gray’s Anatomy” can return in just a few months.