JoJo Siwa to be part of first same-sex couple on 'Dancing with the Stars'
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JoJo Siwa is poised to make history on the forthcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars" by partnering with a woman to compete as a same-sex team.

"This has never happened on 'Dancing with the Stars' before," Siwa, an 18-year-old social media influencer, told USA Today on Thursday. "It's always been a boy-girl couple."

ABC revealed Thursday that Siwa, a Nickelodeon star and "Dance Moms" alum, will be among the celebrity contestants on the 30th season of "Dancing with the Stars." Olympic gymnast Suni Lee will also be hitting the show's dance floor, with the rest of the cast to be announced next month.


Siwa, who came out as a member of the LGBTQ community in January, said the decision to dance with a woman came after talks with the long-running program's producers.

"I said I actually would love and prefer to dance with a girl," she told USA Today. "Why not show the message even stronger that you can love whomever you want to love."

"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. It would be new, different and change for the better," Siwa said.

An ABC spokeswoman didn't immediately return ITK's request for comment.

Siwa told the paper that she expects there to be critics of the same-sex first: "There's going to be people who don't like it, who think dancing on the show with another girl is wrong or weird."

"I don't need those people in my life," she said. "If it's wrong or weird to you, that's OK, because there's a billion other people who don't think it's wrong or weird."

The 30th season of "Dancing with the Stars" premieres on ABC on Sept. 20.