JoJo Siwa Makes History Competing As 1/2 of 'Dancing With The Stars' First Same-Sex Pair
In what is one small (cha-cha) step for bow enthusiasts, and one giant grand jete for the LGBTQAI+ community, teen superstar and tension alopecia spokeswoman, JoJo Siwa, has waltzed where no Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) contestant has before – making history as one half of the first same-sex pair to compete on the show. During the premiere of the series's 30th season Monday night – a milestone that likely sent Simpsons creator Matt Groening into an existential crisis – Siwa, who came out as queer earlier this year, hit the ballroom floor to perform a quickstep alongside professional dancer, Jenna Johnson.
Performing to Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl," the duo not only broke boundaries in terms of important LGBTQAI+ representation but also wowed the judges. The Dance Moms alum and her professional partner earned a score of 29 out of 40 points, beating contestants including Matt James, a former Bachelor notorious for kissing with his eyes open, Brian Austin Greene, a.k.a Megan Fox's ex, and Olivia Jade, Aunt Becky's IRL daughter/influencer synonymous with finessing your way into UCLA.
“Thank you for taking me through this process while making it the most fun ever,” Siwa, an inspiration to LGBTQAI+ youth everywhere and the future namesake of the Washington D.C. airport (probably) wrote in an Instagram post shortly after the premiere aired. “The CREW on DWTS is so amazing, the CAST is all so fun! Making history and Top score of the night was literally a dream come true for me. Chase every dream you have and believe in yourself. Know that I love you all and I am smiling so big right now because of you, we did this !!”