How Shangela Is Making History On Dancing With The Stars
Dancing With the Stars 31 features RuPaul’s Drag Race Star, Shangela. The queen is making history on the famous reality dance competition.
When the cast of Dancing With the Stars season 31 was announced, former RuPaul’s Drag Race star Shangela was on the list, and it’s time to talk about how she’s making an impact on the show. The series has been a fan favorite since it premiered back in 2005. While the show has had plenty of “firsts” through the years, Shangela is definitely bringing positive change during her DWTS stint.
Shangela was introduced to the world when she competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2, where she placed last in the competition. She then returned for season three, where she ended up in sixth place. After that, she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3, tying with BeBe Zahara Benet for third/fourth place. In the latter competition, viewers thought that she was robbed of the Drag Race All Stars win. Since 2020, she has been the host of HBO Max’s We’re Here, along with fellow Drag Race alums Eureka and Bob the Drag Queen. Now, she will be making history on a different reality TV show.
Shangela is a reality TV pioneer, as she is the first drag queen to compete on the US edition of Dancing With the Stars. This has happened before, on the Australian version of the show, when Drag Race alum Courtney Act competed during season 16, and came back for the second Aussie All Stars series in Australia. Courtney was the runner-up during both seasons. Now, Shangela is ready to put her skills to the test, to try and win DWTS‘ coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
For the current season, the RPDR alum will be partnered with Gleb Savchenko, who has appeared in nine seasons as a pro dancer. The decision to cast the drag queen was met with praise from viewers, as some have been waiting for the show to cast Shangela for quite some time. Now, their wishes have come true, and they can watch her out on the dance floor, as the series’ newest installment premiered on September 19.
Some Dancing With the Stars viewers were a bit disappointed that the show would no longer be airing on a cable network, and some said that they would never watch DWTS again. However, others have decided to tune in to the show due to this casting decision. In general, it seems like viewers are happy with the cast for the current season, and can’t wait to see what the post-premiere episodes will bring. To see how things will unfold on the ballroom floor, they will just have to watch the show weekly.
Dancing With the Stars streams live on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on Disney+.