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YouTube star JoJo Siwa and gold medal Olympian Suni Lee will compete on “Dancing With the Stars” season 30.
The two were announced at ABC’s Television Critics Association presentation on Thursday as the first two celebrity contestants for the series’ landmark 30th season, premiering Monday, Sept. 20.
Siwa and Lee will appear live on “Good Morning America” Friday.
Thirteen more celebrities will be exclusively revealed Sept. 8 live on “GMA.” The stars will find out which dancing pros they are partnered with during the season 30 premiere.
Siwa rose to fame on the reality TV show “Dance Moms” and is a dancer, singer, actress and YouTube personality with 12.3 million subscribers on her channel. The 18-year-old, known for her colorful outfits and big smile, came out as LGBTQ in January and later said she identifies as pansexual.
Lee, also 18, just returned from competing in Tokyo where she took home a gold medal in the all-around competition, a bronze medal for the uneven bars and a silver medal in the team competition. Lee is the first Hmong-American gymnast to compete for Team USA.
How this season is making history
Executive producer Andrew Llinares announced during the TCA panel that Siwa would be paired with a female pro, making it the first same-sex pairing in “DWTS” history.
A refresh on last season
Last year, former “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. The pair beat out “Catfish” host Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson as well as “Hot in Herre” rapper Nelly and Daniella Karagach to take the top spot.
Season 29 featured many firsts for “DWTS,” with “America’s Next Top Model” creator Tyra Banks taking over hosting duties, becoming the first Black female host — and solo host — in franchise history. Britt Stewart also joined as the series’ first-ever Black female pro.
“Dancing With the Stars” season 30 premieres Monday, Sept. 20, on ABC.
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