JoJo Siwa is about to waltz, tango and foxtrot her strategy to historical past this fall.
The 18-year-old actor, singer and YouTube celebrity is becoming a member of the lineup of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” subsequent month for its thirtieth season and, in a historic first, shall be paired with a feminine skilled dancer.
Speaking to Variety at ABC’s Television Critics Association panel this week, Siwa mentioned she hoped to “make everything OK for the people who come after me” by being partnered on the present with one other girl.
“There’s a lot of barriers that we’re going to have to break through — who leads, how do you dress, what shoes do you wear? But I think it’s all something that I’m looking forward to,” she explained. “It’s going to be tricky, but it’s going to give so much to people out there — people of the LGBTQ community, people who feel just a little different. It’s going to give them a sense of happiness.”
Siwa reiterated her enthusiasm in a brief video posted Thursday to Twitter.
“I can’t wait to just dance every single week,” she mentioned. “I can’t wait to meet my partner. There are so many things I am so excited for!”
Since its 2005 premiere, “Dancing With the Stars” has featured a good variety of LGBTQ contestants, together with unique “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” star Carson Kressley, soccer participant Michael Sam and Carole Baskin of Netflix’s “Tiger King.” In 2018, Olympic determine skater Adam Rippon grew to become the present’s first homosexual winner.
Each of Siwa’s predecessors, nevertheless, was paired with knowledgeable dancer of the alternative intercourse.
Siwa, initially from Nebraska, has cultivated a following of hundreds of thousands of younger followers by way of her YouTube channel, “Its JoJo Siwa.” Last 12 months, she was included on Time journal’s annual checklist of 100 most influential people on the earth. She got here out as a member of the LGBTQ neighborhood in January, stressing that she wasn’t seeking to label her sexuality additional simply but.
And as followers can attest, she’s no dance novice. At age 9, she made her television debut as a contestant on “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” which aired in 2013. She got here in fifth place.
Season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres Sept. 20.
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