'Dancing with the Stars' Increases Security a Week After Ryan Lochte Protesters Stormed the Stage

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

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e>Dancing with the Stars increased its security on set a week after two male protesters stormed the stage following Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke‘s season 23 premiere dance.

On Monday evening’s taping, the show added at least six security guards that were strategically placed in between the surrounding audience and the stage.

During commercial breaks, members of the security team took their places around the stage in front of the ballroom floor.

In addition to the increased guards, the show moved the metal detectors indoors so that attending audience members could not bypass security prior to being seated. Prior to the show’s start, PEOPLE learned that security had a meeting with the cast where they discussed the added security measures and assured everyone that they were safe.

As Lochte readied for his dance, he was surrounded by security who escorted the six-time Olympic medalist to the ballroom floor where was he joined by DWTS pros who donned T-shirts with the athlete’s name surrounded by the outline of a heart.

Lochte and Burke, both 32 and bedecked in fluorescent-colored suits, were the last perform on the show’s second week. The duo danced to the tunes of The Muppets‘ theme song on TV night and scored a 24 out of 40 for their quickstep.

“Every time you hear that song you can’t help but laugh,” Lochte said of the song choice.

On the season 23 premiere, two male protesters – who both wore white Lochte T-shirts with a red circle and line through his name – walked in front of host Tom Bergeron and yelled into the camera.

As the older of the two men yelled into the camera, he was tackled by security guards and pushed into Lochte, Burke and Bergeron as they were listening to the reviews of the couple’s debut dance.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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