Olivia Jade says Lori Loughlin is 'in total mom mode' over 'DWTS'

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Olivia Jade Giannulli revealed how her mother, Lori Loughlin, is reacting to her upcoming stint on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars." 

It was announced Wednesday on "Good Morning America" that the YouTube personality and daughter of the "Full House" actress was among the many stars who will compete in Season 30 of the popular dance competition series. It marks a significant step up in show business for Giannulli after she lost business deals and was forced to take a step back from her YouTube channel after her parents were swept up in the college admissions scandal in 2019. 

Speaking to reporters following the announcement, Page Six reports that the family’s struggles seem to be behind them as all of their focus is now being poured into the 21-year-old’s upcoming time on the show. 

"My mom’s been a huge support," she told the press. "She’s in total mom mode, like, ‘Make sure you take an Epsom salt bath.’ She’s trying to get me to take an ice bath! I’m like, ‘I don’t need an ice bath yet!’"

She also noted that her sister, Bella, is also getting in on the action, telling her that she wants to be in the audience for each of her shows on Season 30 of "Dancing with the Stars." In addition to Olivia Jade, Bella was also swept up in the scandal after it came to light that her parents paid $500,000 to scam mastermind William "Rick" Singer to get the girls recruited to the University of Southern California’s crew team despite neither girl previously participating in the sport. 

In December, Loughlin finished serving two months behind bars for her role in the scandal. Loughlin agreed to serve two months and pay a $150,000 fine along with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, meanwhile, was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine with two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service in addition to a five-month prison sentence. He got out of prison in April.

Olivia Jade previously broke her silence on the matter during an appearance on the Facebook Watch series "Red Table Talk" in which she apologized for her family’s actions but noted that she believes she deserves a second chance. 

"I think that what hasn't been super public is that there is no justifying or excusing what happened because what happened was wrong. And I think every single person in my family can be like, 'That was messed up. That was a big mistake,’" she said at the time. "But I think what's so important to me is to learn from the mistake, not to now be shamed and punished and never given a second chance because I'm 21. I feel like I deserve a second chance to redeem myself, to show I've grown."

"I'm not trying to victimize myself. I don't want pity. I don't deserve pity. We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like I recognize I messed up. And for so long I wasn't able to talk about this because of the legalities behind it. I never got to say I'm really sorry that this happened or I really own that this was a big mess-up on everybody's part. But I think everybody feels that way in my family right now," Olivia added later in the interview.

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Olivia Jade Giannulli Says Lori Loughlin Has Been a 'Huge Support' as She Joins DWTS Cast: 'She's in Total Mom Mode'

PEOPLE 08 September, 2021 - 04:45pm

The social media influencer, 21, is set to be one of the celebrity cast members on season 30 of the dance competition show, premiering Sept. 20 on ABC. Following the news of her casting on Wednesday, she told PEOPLE and other reporters that she has a big support system of family and friends going into filming. 

"My mom has been a huge support," she said of Full House alum Loughlin, 57. "She's in total mom mode. She's like, 'Make sure you take an Epsom salt bath,' she's trying to get me to take an ice bath. I'm like, 'I don't need an ice bath yet.'"  

"My sister has been telling me that she wants to come to every single show, that I have to reserve a ticket for her every time," Olivia added, referencing older sister Isabella Rose. "Everybody's been really supportive."

As for what she's nervous about, Olivia pointed to her dancing skills. "I'm probably the most nervous to learn the dances and figure it out," she admitted. "It can be frustrating when you don't know the step and want to figure it out so badly." 

The DWTS news comes about two and a half years after Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were implicated in the nationwide college admissions scandal

According to a criminal complaint against them, the couple paid $500,000 to Rick Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to falsely designate Olivia and Isabella, 22, as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither ever participated in the sport.

Both later pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were sentenced to jail. Loughlin received two months in jail, a $150,000 fine, and 150 hours of community service, while Giannulli, 58, was sentenced to five months in jail, a $250,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service.

Loughlin started her prison sentence in October and served nearly two months before she was released from the federal correctional facility in Dublin, California, in December. Giannulli, meanwhile, was booked into federal prison on Nov. 19 and was released from home confinement in May, marking the end of his five-month sentence.

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The decision to cast Olivia on DWTS has sparked backlash among some, given her parents' past. One Twitter user said the casting is the "textbook definition of white privilege," while another wrote, "Who approved for olivia jade to be on dwts i wanna know now." 

While talking to reporters on Wednesday, Olivia said she views the gig as a "second chance," adding that she's "ready to put myself back out there and try new things."

The YouTuber also noted that she debated whether to join the DWTS cast because of how "vulnerable" it required her to be. 

"Obviously in any situation, it's scary to be vulnerable and show a personal side to yourself because they really do get to see behind the scenes, but I'm honestly just grateful for this opportunity," she said. 

Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

'Dancing With the Stars' to feature a Spice Girl, a 'Bachelor' and a Peloton instructor

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The full cast was announced Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The show, which premieres on Sept. 20, will also feature NBA player Iman Shumpert, country singer Jimmie Allen, talk show host Amanda Kloots, "Bling Empire" star Christine Chiu, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kenya Moore, "The Office" actress Melora Hardin, "The Karate Kid" actor Martin Kove, professional wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum Brian Austin Green.

The professional dancers that the stars are paired with will be revealed during the premiere.

Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, 18, and YouTuber JoJo Siwa, 18, will also join the cast, producers announced last month.

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Siwa will become one half of the first same-sex couple on the show when she is paired with a female professional dancer.

Siwa, who is pansexual, said that when she received the email asking her to be a part of the show, she was asked if she wanted to be partnered with a man or a woman. It was her choice to dance with a woman.

"I want to make it OK for the people who come after me," she said. "I want to make everything OK for the people who come after me."

"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 added.

Giannulli, a YouTuber with 1.84 million subscribers on her channel, is the daughter of former “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

The couple were two of the most high profile parents charged in a massive college admissions scandal dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," which officials said involved bribes, inflated test scores and fake athletic credentials to get their children into elite colleges.

Loughlin and Giannulli falsely portrayed their daughters as elite crew athletes, thus being worthy of additional consideration for admission to the University of Southern California, according to authorities.

Both daughters left USC after the scandal broke.

Loughlin was released from prison in December after two months. Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison and was released in April. Both are serving two years of supervised release in California.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will return to judge.

Tyra Banks will return to host after replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews for Season 29. "DWTS" ranked as the No. 1 entertainment series in its two-hour primetime slot among adults ages 18-49 last season.

Former "Bachelorette" star Kaitlyn Bristowe and her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev won the Mirrorball trophy last year.

The season also featured "Catfish" creator Nev Schulman, rap artist Nelly, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, "The Real" host Jeannie Mai and Carole Baskin of Netflix's "Tiger King."

'DWTS' cast revealed! 'Cobra Kai' star Martin Kove, Peloton's Cody Rigsby, Olivia Jade join season

USA TODAY 08 September, 2021 - 07:20am

The cast of "DWTS" season 30 has been announced. We'll be seeing Olivia Jade, Matt James, Amanda Kloots, Spice Girl Mel C and more hit the stage.

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"Dancing With the Stars" has filled its ballroom with stars.

Social media influencer Olivia Jade, "Bachelor" Matt James, "The Talk" co-host Amanda Kloots, and WWE superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin have joined the cast of the reality competition "Dancing With the Stars."

"DWTS" announced the complete line-up on "Good Morning America" Wednesday after revealing last month that U.S. star gymnast Sunisa Lee and YouTuber JoJo Siwa, both 18, will compete for the mirrorball trophy starting Sept. 20 (8 EDT/PDT).

The full cast includes "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum Brian Austin Green, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore, "Cobra Kai" actor Martin Kove, "Dirty Dancing" and "The Office" actress Melora Hardin, Brooklyn Nets basketball star Iman Shumpert, Spice Girls star Melanie C (aka Sporty Spice), country singer Jimmie Allen, TV personality Christine Chiu, and Peloton instructor/influencer Cody Rigsby.

Jade, 21, is the daughter of "Full House" star Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who was at the center of the college admission bribery scandal of 2019. Both parents plead guilty to conspiracy charges and served prison time after paying bribes to get their two daughters (Jade and Isabella Giannulli), accepted into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.

"I don't think there is a better time to join," Jade said at a press event Wednesday following the dancer reveal. "I'm ready to put myself back out there."

James, 29, made history this year as the ABC franchise's first Black "Bachelor." Former "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe took home the mirrorball trophy in season 29. "Bachelorette" star Hannah Brown won the competition the season prior.

"I caught up with Hannah about the dos and don'ts and what I can do to secure the trophy like she did," said James, who vowed to show off more of his personality and humor on the dance competition. "And it's all about having fun."

Kove, at 75, is the oldest participant on the show with a youth-filled cast. Kove said he was working with a trainer near his home in Nashville and trying to perfect the splits he could pull off in the 1960s and '70s. 

The show will be a great opportunity to show a different side than his unhinged John Kreese from "Cobra Kai" and "The Karate Kid," who famously uttered the line "Sweep the leg."

"I get a chance to be Martin Kove, far more likable than John Kreese," he said.

Green, 48, formerly married to Megan Fox, would not reveal whether his current girlfriend,  "DWTS" pro Sharna Burgess, would be his pro partner on the show. But he called the dance competition  "a really cool way of getting to know her."

Mel C, 47, pointed out that 2021 is the 25th anniversary of the Spice Girls and the hit "Wannabe" which came out in 1996. She suggested there could be a Spice Girl reunion at least to watch the show. "Let’s put it out there in the universe. Hopefully COVID won’t stop us."

Mizanin, 40, said he brings no skills from the WWE ring to the dance floor. "So where do you learn. The Internet. I’ve been studying for as long as I possibly can."

The pro wrestler admitted the dance floor will be a major adjustment.

"If you put me out there today, I would fall flat on my face," said Mizanin. "But I'm going to put in the work."

"Real Housewives" star Moore, 50, will work through emotional issues after filing for divorce from her husband Marc Daly after four years of marriage last month.

"I'm in the middle of a divorce right now," said Moore. "I'm trying to stay positive because it's a really exciting time in my life."

Peloton instructor Rigsby, 34, said he will rely on his loyal army of exercise enthusiasts to help him on the show. "I definitely think there is an advantage there," he said. Rigsby also had his first job as professional dancer in New York City, prior to finding his star career in fitness.

"It definitely has given me some skills," he said. "I have rhythm most of the time."  

NBA star Shumpert, 31, at 6'5" says his unnamed pro dance partner sees positives in his height. "I thought my height would be a disadvantage, but she's excited about me being tall,' he said. 

His wife, singer Teyana Taylor, approves of the move. "She did add a little pressure," Shumpert said. "She told me, 'You better win.' "

Pro dance partner pairings will be announced on the show's opening night which will be hosted by executive producer Tyra Banks in her second season. 

Siwa has already revealed that she will dance with a same-sex partner for the first time on the U.S. show.

"We're making history," Siwa, 18, who revealed her relationship with Kylie Prew this year. "My journey of coming out and having a girlfriend has inspired so many people around the world. I thought that if I chose to dance with a girl on this show, it would break the stereotypical thing."

Show producers have revealed that judge Len Goodman will make a return in the new season. Last season, pandemic traveling restrictions kept the veteran Goodman in London.

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