YouTuber JoJo Siwa is about to make DWTS history. The 18-year-old dancer, singer, and media personality will be the first to compete on the popular reality TV show as part of a same-sex duo on Season 30, which will premiere on Sept. 20.
JoJo has considerable TV experience under her belt. She previously appeared on shows like The Masked Singer, Celebrity Gogglebox USA, and Dance Moms. The personality made headlines earlier in 2020 when she came out as pansexual. She and her partner, Kylie Prew, went public with their relationship in February 2021, and they made their red carpet debut about seven months later.
So, who will be JoJo Siwa's partner on Season 30 of 'Dancing With the Stars'?
One of the longest-running ballroom dancing competition shows out there is DWTS. The competition series went through a significant overhaul in 2020. Tyra Banks replaced long-time hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron. The changes in the creative strategy coincided with the alterations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Season 29 was filmed without a live audience, and JoJo's appointment marks another major step for the TV show. So, who will JoJo dance with on Season 30 of DWTS?
While the official pairings won't be revealed until the Season 30 premiere on Sept. 20, the YouTube star already strongly hinted that she will be working with Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy.
During a Sept. 2 appearance on E!'s Daily Pop, JoJo joked that her girlfriend wanted her to keep a distance from her dancing partner.
"Before I went to the first rehearsal, Ky told me, 'Tell her, tell Jenna, she needs to leave room for Jesus," she said on the show.
As DWTS fans know, Jenna is happily married to another pro, Val Chmerkovskiy, so it doesn't seem like Kylie will need to worry about anything.
Though the Dance Moms alum may have prematurely revealed the identity of her partner, the news was later confirmed by Entertainment Tonight.
However, neither Jenna nor JoJo has publicly discussed the pairing since.
JoJo had previously stated that Jenna, Lindsay Arnold, Britt Stewart were her favorite pros on the cast. It remains to be seen if the two will secure the Mirror Ball trophy.
This isn't the first time JoJo Siwa made showbiz history.
The dancer, singer, businesswoman and YouTube sensation was the youngest-ever person to compete on The Masked Singer. She performed as the T-Rex until her shock elimination in Season 3, Episode 9 of the popular show.
She will be the first person to dance with a same-sex partner on DWTS. Similar changes have recently been implemented on the British equivalent of the show, Strictly Come Dancing. Champion boxer Nicola Adams and pro dancer Katya Jones competed on Season 18 of the show in 2020. The Great British Baking Show winner John Whaite will perform as part of the first male partnership on Strictly Come Dancing, come Season 19.
Catch the Season 30 premiere of DWTS on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.