December 3, 2021

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 30 makes history by pairing JoJo Siwa with female pro

HOLLYWOOD — To kick off its thirtieth Season, “Dancing with the Stars” introduced a sequence first on Thursday.

One in every of the contestants shall be singer, tv star and social media sensation JoJo Siwa. And in a U.S. “Dancing with the Stars” first, she’ll be dancing with a female skilled dance associate.

Siwa, an 18-year-old who has mentioned she identifies as homosexual and queer, mentioned the same-sex pairing indicators to viewers that it is OK to be your true self. She named Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson and Britt Stewart as amongst the present’s common execs she’d wish to be paired with.

“I think it breaks a wall that’s never been broken down before,” she advised an internet gathering of the Tv Critics Affiliation. “It’s normal for a girl to dance with a guy, and I think that’s really cool, but it’s really special that now not only do I get to share with the world that you get to love who you love, but also you get to dance with who you want to dance with.”

Siwa famous that amongst the issues to be labored out with her associate are who leads, how do they gown and what sneakers do they put on.

“It’s going to give so much to people out there, people of the LGBTQ community, everyone, people who feel just a little different,” she mentioned. “I want to make it OK for the people who come after me.”

Host Tyra Banks advised Siwa she’s pleased with the teenager and the present for permitting the pairing to occur.

“I think it’s going to save lives,” Banks mentioned. “I think it’s going to change lives, and it’s going to make a lot of noise, and the noise that needs to be made.”

Siwa mentioned when she was first approached, present executives requested if she wished to be paired with a person or lady. She has already reassured her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, that regardless of any chemistry she has with her on-air associate, it is fully platonic.

“She was like, ‘Love, you are going to be incredible,'” Siwa mentioned. “She has been nonstop supportive.”

Siwa first gained fame on a dance competitors present produced by Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms.”

“I just want to do really good,” she mentioned, including that she’s already been tanning each day.

“I’m traumatized as a child getting spray tans for dance competitions,” Siwa mentioned.

Becoming a member of Siwa in the ballroom: Three-time Olympic medalist Suni Lee. She lately gained the gold medal as the all-around champion in ladies’s gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 18-year-old from Minnesota will juggle on-line lessons from Auburn College whereas collaborating on the Los Angeles-based present.

“I can express myself, which I’m excited for, because in gymnastics you can’t really do that, especially when you’re training for so much and it’s just a very intense kind of environment,” Lee mentioned. “I’m excited to kind of let loose and just have fun.”

Len Goodman returns to the judging panel after taking final season off, becoming a member of Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.

Banks is again for her second season after changing Tom Bergeron, whose legion of supporters have been vital of the former mannequin’s efficiency.

“Be angry and watch,” Banks mentioned. “Change is hard, but change is necessary. Change must happen. We must continue to evolve.”

The remaining forged members are set to be revealed Wednesday, Sept. 8. The season premiere airs reside Monday, Sept. 20 on ABC.

The Related Press contributed to this report.