When Dancing with the Stars returns this fall for its 30th season, gold medal Olympian Suni Lee and pop star JoJo Siwa will be among the celebrity cast taking to the ballroom floor for a shot at the Mirror Ball Trophy, it was announced by ABC today at its TCA presentation. The bigger news on this is that JoJo will be dancing with a same-sex partner yet to be revealed.
Tyra Banks will also be returning as host of the hit series, as will the panel of judges, which will include all four—Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough. Len had to sit out season 29 due to COVID-19 complications with air travel from London.
Athletes have done really well on past seasons of DWTS, several times winning the competition, so the very graceful Suni Lee may have a good shot at the title. Suni, of course, earned a gold medal as the all-around champion in women’s gymnastics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, making her the first Hmong American Olympian. The 18-year-old native of Minnesota will attend Auburn University this fall.
TV audiences may be more familiar with JoJo Siwa, an alum of Dance Mom, who has more than 60.5 million followers on social media and over 3.6 billion views on YouTube. In addition, her famous JoJo Siwa bow has sold more than 80 million bows globally to date. Next, JoJo will star in and executive produce The J Team, a new live-action musical premiering on Paramount+.
The remaining 13 celebrities will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 8, on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.