Season 31 of Dancing with the stars is a full circle moment for Alphonse Ribeiro.
That’s what the new Dancing with the stars co-host revealed to E! News in an exclusive chat ahead of the new season’s premiere on September 19. For those who don’t remember, Alfonso and his partner witney carson won season 19 of the series, and now he’s back in the dance competition as Tyra Banks‘ co-host.
And while Alfonso doesn’t consider himself “the perfect host,” he understands the benefits of having him back in the ballroom.
“I’m here because I have so much experience with the show,” he shared. “Because of that, it brings a familiarity that I don’t think many other hosts in the industry could automatically enter into.”
Not only Alfonso won DWTS before, but he has also been a guest judge and deputy judge in the past.
He went on to explain that viewers are witnessing relationships that were cultivated long before production began for Season 31. Case in point: Alfonso confirmed he had a friendship with Tyra before their new on-screen partnership.