Drag performer Shangela makes ‘Dancing With the Stars’ historical past

Drag entertainer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumnus Shangela made historical past Monday evening on the hit competitors present “Dancing With the Stars.”

On the present’s thirty first season premiere, Shangela, whose actual identify is D.J. Pierce, turned the primary drag queen to compete within the U.S. model of the worldwide franchise.

“My coronary heart was racing like loopy however when the announcer man began the intro, in my thoughts I went into full on Beyoncé on the Tremendous Bowl mode,” Pierce wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “I needed to ship y’all a second that was worthy of all ur love and assist, and in addition present folks which may not be acquainted or loving of drag queens, that we belong, and we all know learn how to Flip The Get together! Hold cheering, watching and Voting as a result of we’re on this collectively hopefully all the way in which to the finals!”

Pierce and his dance accomplice, Russian American dancer and choreographer Gleb Savchenko, acquired a standing ovation after their dazzling salsa efficiency to the Pussycat Dolls’ tune “Once I Develop Up.” The duo earned sevens from all 4 judges, the fourth-highest rating of the 16 dance companions who carried out.

“We’ve by no means had anybody like Shangela,” Savchenko, who has been a part of the present since season 16, mentioned in an interview with E! Information. “So it’s going to be additional, additional, additional particular.”

Savchenko and Pierce — who performs as Shangela however identifies as a person and makes use of he/him pronouns — are additionally making historical past as the primary male couple to compete in the usfranchise, which is able to now stream reside Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Disney+.

The worldwide “Dancing With the Stars” franchise isn’t any stranger to bending gender norms. Final season, dancer and pop star JoJo Siwa made historical past as the primary contestant in 30 seasons of the U.S. present to compete with an individual of the identical intercourse. And in 2018, homosexual dressmaker Giovanni Ciacci and his dance accomplice, Raimondo Todaro, made historical past on the Italian model of “Dancing With the Stars” as the primary male couple to compete often all through the season.

The U.S. present’s new season premiered Monday as a full two-hour program with performances by 16 dance {couples}, judged by 4 famend ballroom consultants and hosted by Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro. Dancers can earn as much as 40 factors from the mixed judges’ scores. These factors are mixed with viewer votes to find out who stays on the present and who’s eradicated.

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