Dancing With The Stars pro Jenna Johnson revealed how her partner, JoJo Siwa, eased her fears of being in the show’s first same-sex couple.
Dancing with the stars Professional dancer Jenna Johnson took second place with her partner, JoJo Siwa, in season 30, but revealed that she had fears of being part of the first same-sex couple in the show’s history. Jenna and JoJo were consistently at the top of the rankings during the competition, breaking down barriers in dance and proving that dancing is an art form that doesn’t need traditional partners to be successful. In January 2021, JoJo declared himself a member of the LGBTQ + community on social media. When she joined the show, the producers gave her the option to dance with a woman, and she happily agreed, knowing she could make history on the show. Before the couples were announced, she said she looked forward to dancing with Jenna, Britt Stewart or Lindsay Arnold. Since the beginning of her journey, JoJo has credited Jenna for helping her make the transition from child star to adult artist, and for boosting her self-confidence and self-esteem.
Jenna and JoJo’s couple turned out to be one of the most powerful in the show’s history. Each week they impressed, surprised and excited the audience with their dances. From their first fast-paced routine in which JoJo showed his strength by lifting Jenna up when she tripped over a costume and injured her knee in her soulful foxtrot on Grease Night for which they scored the first perfect score of the season, Jenna and JoJo they performed in some of the most iconic dances of the show’s 30 seasons. Jenna’s choreography in her Horror Night jazz number, Argentine tango and contemporary dance in the semifinals, and the fusion of tango and cha-cha-cha and freestyle in the final also earned them the perfect 10 from the four judges. . They were a powerful couple who seemed destined to win, but they took second place behind Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach, another deserving couple.
Jenna made everything look easy, but in a post about Instagram, reflected on the season and how JoJo eased her fears of taking on the responsibility of being the first same-sex couple on the show. Jenna admitted that she began to question the decision almost immediately, saying: “In general, I am the type of person who stays ‘comfortable’. I don’t like trying new things for fear of failing. I like my routine. I know what I look good doing and will constantly return to the movement I do. I know it works. Soaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan annulled are the women who approached me to talk about a possible dance with a woman … She added, But then fear began to set in quickly. Did you want to be the face of this first moment? I knew what I was doing? Could you do it justice? Was he willing to have people give their BIG disapproval of the week after the week? “
Jenna then went on to say that when she met JoJo, «My whole world changed. I was introduced to the most innocent unicorn, full of life and eagerly excited! His light hit me like a wrecking ball the first day and it was a wrap. I was ALL in. He didn’t know what he was doing, but he knew that he wanted to make all his dreams come true this season. Sometimes my brain felt like it was going to explode trying to figure out how two women could defend themselves during this competition, but it was so worth it. “ Jenna said the real payoff came not just from watching JoJo transform into a “Glorious ballroom dancer” but she «he watched her blossom into a proud and beautifully confident woman. He stands up and holds his head up as he looks in the mirror, and that means more to me than any mirror ball. He then thanked JoJo for making the season. “Once in a lifetime experience,” explaining everything JoJo has given him, including some of his favorite routines he’s done on the show, and of course their friendship. She said, “Thank you for giving the opportunity to have my most challenging season which turned out to be one of my most rewarding seasons… Thank you for letting me make history with you.”
JoJo has talked a lot about the ways Jenna changed her life, and Jenna’s words show that the feeling is clearly mutual. Even though Jenna had her fears and questions at the beginning of the season, she became one half of one of the most memorable and important couples in the show’s history. They have opened a door to new possibilities in Dancing with the stars which is, as Jenna said, more rewarding than any Mirrorball trophy.