Jojo Siwa has been introduced as one in every of the contestants for the thirtieth season of the US actuality present, Dancing with the Stars.
She might be making historical past as one half of the first similar intercourse couple to compete on the present. The producers gave her the choice to bounce with both a person or a lady and Siwa, who identifies as pansexual, selected a feminine accomplice, saying: “I said I actually would love and prefer to dance with a girl. Why not show the message even stronger that you can love whomever you want to love?”
Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 2003 to folks, Jessalynn and Tom. Her mom was knowledgeable dance teacher while her father is a chiropractor.
The dancer and singer rose to fame on Lifetime’s Dance Moms and Abbey’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Siwa appeared in seasons 5 and 6 of Dance Moms earlier than touchdown a deal with Nickelodeon that noticed her visitor star on plenty of exhibits together with Make it Pop and Bizaardvark.
She additionally starred in the Nickeloden film, Blurt!, which follows an adolescent who is cursed by being pressured to say out loud each thought that goes by means of their head.
In 2016, Siwa self-released her debut single, “Boomerang”, which dealt with themes resembling cyberbullying and went on to be licensed multi-platinum. The video to the music has additionally obtained practically one billion views on YouTube.
The teenager is additionally well-known for “JoJo bows”, which she went on to launch as a model in partnership with Claire’s. The outsized hairbows turned significantly widespread amongst main faculty aged ladies however plenty of faculties banned them citing them as a “distraction” and towards faculty uniform.
On the bows, Siwa stated they’re a “symbol of power and confidence”.
Siwa is finest identified for her presence on YouTube, the place her channel, It’s JoJo Siwa, presents day by day updates on her life.
The channel has over 12 million subscribers and her movies have totalled over three billion views.
The 18-year-old says she belongs to the LGBT+ neighborhood and is at present in a relationship with Kylie Prew.
In an interview earlier this yr, Siwa recognized as “pansexual” but in addition famous that she additionally makes use of phrases resembling “gay” and “queer” to explain herself.
She has an elder brother referred to as Jayden, who additionally makes movies on YouTube.