Dance Moms alum JoJo Siwa is taking her chance to make history by being the first person to have a same-sex partner on Dancing with the Stars.
Dancing with the Stars may be going into its 30th season, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be making history. Dance Moms alum JoJo Siwa is set to dance opposite another female for the first time in the show’s run. JoJo came out as part of the LGBTQ+ earlier this year and introduced her fans to her girlfriend. While she would be happy with any of the female pros on the show, the YouTube star is hoping to dance with DWTS vets Jenna Johnson, Britt Stewart or Lindsay Arnold.
JoJo isn’t the only one making history during the 2021 season, Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee will also be competing. JoJo will be the first to dance with a same-sex partner, and Suni will be the only Hmong American woman to compete on the show so far. Along with JoJo and Suni, former Bachelor Matt James, actor Brian Austin Green and beauty guru Olivia Jade Giannulli will also be competing. It will be great for fans to see representation for groups that haven’t been highlighted on the show previously, especially through two people as young and talented as JoJo and Suni.
JoJo recently spoke about her decision to dance with a female partner. When the show asked her if she would rather dance with a male or female, she replied by saying she would be “way more comfortable with a girl.” She also talked about how being the first person to dance with a same-sex partner on the popular ABC show will give her the opportunity to make a positive change. “I have a chance right now to make history and to break down a barrier and there’s nothing that I would rather do than that,” JoJo told People. With the young demographic JoJo has, it’s amazing to see her making a positive impact for her fanbase to see.
The former Abby Lee Dance Company student also went into how her dancing skills could put her at a disadvantage. Even though JoJo has training in other types of dance, she’s not an expert at ballroom, and her previous experience may cause her to get judged more harshly. “I explain it as a football player trying to play basketball. I also think, too, I’m going to be judged a lot harder,” JoJo said. Even if she hasn’t had experience in ballroom dance, fans will be excited to see her competing again.
While season 30 of Dancing with the Stars looks like it’s going to have a lot of tough competition between JoJo and Suni, it’s nice to see that both of them are making history in a good way. JoJo has been performing for years, whether it be through reality TV or social media, so it will be interesting to see her competing against other celebrities for the mirrorball trophy. Whether or not she takes it home, at least she will be remembered as part of the show’s history forever.
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