Jojo Siwa becomes the first celeb to dance with same-sex partner on DWTS


 

The 30th season of Dancing With the Stars marked a historic first for the competition show. Jojo Siwa is the first celebrity contestant to dance with a same-sex partner.

 The Dance Moms alum is set to compete alongside dance pro-Jenna Johnson throughout her run on the show. 

“This is a whole new ball game for me," Siwa said on Monday's episode. "I've never done anything ballroom before. It's a learning experience that I'm more than ready for.”

Needless to say, she was right! The duo came out on top among all the other teams with a quickstep routine to Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.” Despite Johnson’s slip during the couple's quickstep routine, they ended the night with a score of 29 out of 40. 

 

Other stars featured in this season’s competition include Olympic medalist Suni Lee, Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Kenya Moore, Mel C (aka Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls), and The Bachelor’s Matt James. 

“Finally!” judge Bruno Tonioli raved. “The groundbreaking moment we’ve all been waiting for.”

“JoJo, you’re changing the world. You’re a leader,” Banks told the performer. "“There are little kids looking up to you, like, ‘Oh, my gosh. If she can be herself, I can."

In January, Siwa came out to her 10.3 million Instagram followers that she identifies as a part of the LGBTQ+ community. In her Instagram Live, the entertainer thanked everyone for the love and support after sharing something so personal. 

“I always believed that my person was just going to be my person,” she said. “If that person happened to be a boy — great! If that person happened to be a girl — great!”

During a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour back in August, Siwa expressed her excitement for the opportunity this kind of visibility would bring to the show.

"I think it breaks a wall that's never been broken down before," she said. "And it's normal for a girl to dance with a guy, and I think that that's really cool, but I think that it's really special that not only now, do I get to share with the world you get to love who you want to love, but also, you get to dance with who you want to dance with."

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