Who is dancing with Jojo Siwa?
JoJo Siwa is ready to hit the ballroom floor on Dancing With the Stars and she'll be partnered up with Jenna Johnson for season 30 of the dance competition series, ET has learned. Entertainment TonightJoJo Siwa Reveals Her 'DWTS' Partner Is
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03 September, 2021 - 07:40pm
The professional dancer, 31, recently told Us that he's "honored" to have been on the show for the previous nine seasons, though he's admittedly disappointed about not going back to the ballroom.
"While it's disappointing to not be back for season 30, I've been honored to be on the last nine seasons of the show and look forward to returning in the future," he said. "There's a great group this season and I wish all the dancers and the show the best of luck!"
"I also have some exciting opportunities in the works, so don't worry, you'll be seeing me again soon enough," he added.
The returning pro dancers for the latest season, premiering Sept. 20 on ABC, were announced on Thursday, with the group of women including Jenna Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Britt Stewart, Cheryl Burke, Daniella Karagach and Emma Slater, per Entertainment Tonight.
Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Brandon Armstrong, Gleb Savchenko, Pasha Pashkov, Sasha Farber and Valentin Chmerkovskiy round out the group of men.
In addition to Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd is also absent from this year's lineup.
"It's always so hard because we truly are a family and we love each other so much," Arnold, 27, told ET of their absences. "I talked to Peta quite a bit, sending all the love to her, and then I actually just texted Keo this morning just saying that I love him, I hope I get to see him soon and I hope he's doing well."
Ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will be returning to the long-running show's judges panel for the upcoming season and Tyra Banks is set to reprise her role as host.
In terms of the celebrity cast members, Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa, 18, is confirmed to compete, and will become the first contestant to have a same-sex pro dance partner. Olympic gymnast Suni Lee will also appear on the show.
The rest of the star-studded contestants will be unveiled on Good Morning America on Sept. 8.
Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
03 September, 2021 - 02:35pm
"She is going to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ but I’ve never heard of her," he added.
I struggled trying to put her massive fame into words for him, a 75-year-old who just figured out how to text photos. My struggle wasn't because she isn't famous, it's almost because she's too famous. I could start with “Dance Moms,” or maybe her huge social media following, or perhaps her inclusion on Time magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
But how would she describe her own celebrity?
“I think that it depends on who I'm telling what I do,” the 18-year-old told TODAY. “Sometimes it's easy to tell people that I work for Nickelodeon, sometimes it's easy to tell people that I do YouTube, sometimes it's easier to tell people that I have a book that's a New York Times bestseller, you know that just relates to them more. And so it's just about who I'm telling what I do, and then I just shorten the list by telling what I don’t do.”
The two titles she’s really proud of? Pop star and TV personality.
“I've done a lot of reality TV shows,” she shared. “I sing, I perform, I go on tour. I have sold out over 97 different shows with — what would it be? — like 80 of them arenas. So I've been around the block with that land.”
Been around the block she has. In anticipation of her new film “The J Team” streaming on Paramount+ this Friday, the multihyphenate pop star and TV personality sat down with TODAY for an interview via Zoom where she opened up about coming out as LGBTQ earlier this year, if characters in her new film were based on anyone in real life and the greatest misconceptions out there about her.
In 2014, Siwa and her mom, Jess Siwa, rose to prominence first on the "Dance Moms" spinoff "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" before she snagged a role as a "Dance Moms" regular, where she went toe with toe with the brazen dance coach Abby Lee Miller. In Siwa’s film, “The J Team,” Tisha Campbell plays brassy dance teacher Coach Poppy, who Siwa promises was not based on Miller.
When asked if any of the characters in the film were modeled on anyone in real life, Siwa candidly answered, “Everybody's asking me if Coach Poppy is off of Abby Lee and I know that that's what you're asking, so you might as well just straight out ask it.”
“The answer though is no,” she added. “There was actually the original script, some lines that Abby had originally said, you know, stuff like ‘No, no, no crying children’ or stuff like ‘If you yell at me, I'm gonna cry.’ I actually had those lines taken out because I didn't want people to think that it was a dig to Abby.”
Campbell, who told TODAY that she used her mentor Debbie Allen as a model for the character, doubled down that Miller wasn’t used as inspiration in her process.
“I never really watched her on the show, so for me, there was no comparison,” Campbell said. “I'm not trying to be shady.com. I literally wanted to kind of hone in on this character and make her my own. So I drew from Debbie and exploded her.”
Siwa has had to fight other misconceptions that exist about herself as well. When asked what is the greatest one out there about her, she answered, “That I'm fake.”
“I think a lot of people think that JoJo is a character, and somebody today actually asked me if I was ever gonna put my character to rest,” she said, referring to another interviewer. “I was like, I mean, she's been to rest because she doesn't exist. But I think that a lot of people think that it's not true.”
This comes with the territory of being someone as positive, upbeat and energetic as Siwa. Her world is full of flashy glitter, sparkly sequins, bows, bows and more bows. Some may think this rose-colored approach to life is all put on for show, but Siwa says it’s really who she is at her core.
“I think all the time people think that it’s just not possible,” she said, later adding, “But it is.”
Despite her sunny disposition, Siwa had to overcome some challenges in her career, like being pigeonholed as a dancer when she tried establishing herself as a singer as well.
“The reason why I have so many confidence confusions with singing is mostly because people have told me my whole life that I'm not a singer, that I can't sing, that I'm not a good singer,” she shared. “And that's just engraved in my brain and it's like set in stone in there and so trying to get that out is really, really difficult.”
But sing she does, especially in “The J Team,” which she also executive produced. “Being an executive producer on it gave me a lot more freedom with it, and I think that I really enjoyed that,” she said. “I got to have a say in the creative, saying how it was made and everything, that made me almost love the project more.”
Some seasoned actors might be peeved by an executive producer who's still a teenager, but for Campbell, 50, it was the opposite. The "Martin" star described Siwa as "stoic" and "giving."
“You cross your fingers hoping that the next job that you have, that person doesn't have a big ego and she was nothing like that,” Campbell said of Siwa. “I was so happy when I met her mother and they were so grounded and it really was a wonderful work environment."
On what she’s learned through her coming out journey, she said “how much I love love,” adding, “How much I love feeling it, how much I love just like having that version of love in my life.”
The love of her life right now is her girlfriend, Kylie Prew. The couple began dating earlier this year after being friends for more than a year. Siwa was lauded by activists and advocates for coming out the way she did at only 17 years old, setting an example for other teens and parents in her massive Nickelodeon fan base. This has caused some to already call her a gay icon.
“It’s the coolest thing ever,” she said of her icon status, adding that her own idols are Freddie Mercury and Lady Gaga. “I never thought I'd be called (a gay icon). I mean, I thought it'd be called gay for sure, but I never thought icon would come after. It's a really big honor.”
"I am who I am. But I'm not like, ‘Oh my God. No, I'm not this, you know what I mean?”
Siwa is still coming to terms with exactly how she identifies, as the dictionary of the LGBTQ community becomes longer each day.
“I'm dating a girl; that can make me a lesbian. I've never really been in love with anybody or found attraction to anybody except for Kylie and so therefore it could be demisexual. I've never minded who I would be with, if it would be a girl, a boy, (someone) trans,” she said. “But then I also think, so that could be pansexual… The l-word isn't my favorite word but I like the q-word. I like queer, it's kind of... I am who I am. But I'm not like, ‘Oh my God. No, I'm not this, you know what I mean?”
Many words and phrases can be used to describe how she identifies, and Siwa is fine with keeping it that way. But "trailblazing," above all else, is definitely one term that can be used whenever talking about her in any context, especially right now. Siwa is about to star on the 30th season of “Dancing With the Stars,” becoming the first contestant ever in the American franchise of the reality competition series to be paired with a professional dancer of the same sex.
“At 18, JoJo Siwa is once again using her platform to inspire and uplift the LGBTQ community. As one of today’s most watched and celebrated programs on television, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and Tyra Banks are making the right decision to feature JoJo Siwa competing alongside a female professional dancer," Anthony Allen Ramos, head of talent at the LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD, said in a statement to TODAY. "The show has such a wide, far-reaching audience and there is a real opportunity here for people to celebrate the same-sex pairing and root for JoJo and all LGBTQ young people.”
For young people who may be struggling with coming out or figuring out their own sexuality, Siwa says that it’s never too late to be yourself, but waiting until you're ready is also totally OK.
“I think that a lot of people are scared of coming out,” she said. “You just have to know when it's right for you and if it doesn't feel right for you, just wait. You know there's no rush. It's you, and you're going to do what you want to do and you get to celebrate being a part of the LGBT community as you wish, but I don't think it's a rush.
“When you're ready to be open about it, you'll know who your people are.”
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03 September, 2021 - 11:19am
We are just weeks away from the debut of Dancing With the Stars Season 30, and more new cast members have been revealed.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 is set to be officially announced as a cast member on GMA next week, alongside the rest of the cast.
But, thanks to TMZ, we can shed light on some more names attached to the reality series.
Lori Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, who was embroiled in the college admissions scandal, is set to star on the series.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta veteran Kenya Moore, is set to join the cast, and it's no surprise.
DWTS loves reality TV stars because producers like the younger demographic those shows pull in.
Moore should be a fun new addition to the show, so we're definitely rooting for her.
NBA Baller Imam Shumpert is also set to join the cast, according to the outlet.
The above cast members join the officially announced JoJo Siwa and USA gymnast Suni Lee, meaning we know just under half the cast so far.
Alas, any of the above could change between now and the official announcement, as well as between the official announcement and premiere date.
COVID-19 has made the TV industry very unpredictable.
News of Siwa and Lee's involvement broke last month during ABC's TCA panel.
"I am so excited about this. I think a lot of people are going to be excited about this," host Tyra Banks said of the news.
"I think it's going to save lives. It's going to change lives. It's going to make a lot of noise and the noise that needs to be made."
"For the first time ever, we're going to have a same-sex couple on the show," executive producer Andrew Llinares revealed.
"JoJo is going to be paired with a female pro dancer, who will be revealed on the premiere. We are so, so excited that JoJo, you're doing this, and for everyone to experience it."
Siwa then opened up about the exciting announcement.
"I think it breaks a wall that's never been broken down before," she said.
"I think it's really special that, not only now do I get to share with the world that you're going to love who you want to love, but also you can dance with who you want to dance with."
"There are a lot of barriers we're going to have to break through. Who leads? How do you dress? What shoes do you wear?" she continued.
"It's all something that I'm looking forward to and doing something that's never been done before. It's going to be tricky but it's going to give so much to people out there."
"People of the LGBTQ community, everyone. People who feel just a little different. It's going to give them a sense of, 'Wait a second? A girl can dance with a girl?' Obviously, why not? I think that's really special that I get to do that on this show. I'm so excited."
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03 September, 2021 - 11:01am
Veteran WWE Superstar The Miz is reportedly set to compete in the next season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
The Miz has been cast for the 30th season of ABC’s popular reality competition series, according to PWInsider. The season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 30.
We noted before how The Miz missed this week’s RAW after he was announced to face John Morrison in the first match of their new feud, just one week after turning on his former tag team partner. Miz was not backstage for RAW and it was noted that the reason for the absence looks to be related to the upcoming Dancing With The Stars gig.
The official DWTS 30 cast announcement should be coming in the next few weeks. Singer and YouTube personality Jojo Siwa has already been confirmed as one of the celebrity participants.
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Pwinsider.com reports The Miz has been cast in the forthcoming season. The season is slated to premiere on September 30th so the cast should be announced in the coming weeks. Singer Jojo Siwa has already been revealed for the series.
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03 September, 2021 - 08:30am
Jojo Siwa, who came out as a member of the LGBTQ community earlier this year and also revealed she was in a same-sex relationship with Kylie Prew, may have accidentally revealed who her pro partner will be on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
“Before I went to the first rehearsal, Ky told me, ‘Tell her, tell Jenna she needs to leave room for Jesus,’” Siwa told E! News' “Daily Pop” on Thursday, potentially referring to veteran “Dancing with the Stars” pro Jenna Johnson.
Siwa, 18, will be the first contestant paired with a same-sex partner in the show’s history, although versions of the show in other countries have already done so.
The “J Team” star, who initially rose to fame on “Dance Moms,” was quick to sign up for the pioneering opportunity.
“When I got the email to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I didn’t even read the whole email, I just replied yes,” she said. “And then when I read it, they asked me, they said, ‘We want to give JoJo the chance if she wants to, to dance with a female instead of a male, but if she wants to dance with a male and keep it traditional, we want her to be as comfortable and have the best experience ever.’ And immediately I was like, ‘That is so groundbreaking.’ (It’s) history, never been done before and it needs to be done.”
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Siwa says they have already started rehearsing and she is blown away by the experience.
“So far, it’s been amazing,” she said.
When asked if they have a plan to capture the Mirror Ball Trophy, Siwa said that’s not even really necessary.
“I’ve already won,” she said. “I’ve already had so much good come from this show and this experience and history came from it.”
Siwa has also embraced the opportunity to dance with someone who’s the same sex.
“I am so excited to be a part of this year’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 30 and I am gonna be dancing with a girl,” she said in an Instagram video last month. “I think it’s so cool.