‘Dancing With The Stars’ Debuts First Ever Drag Queen Contestant, Shangela, This Season

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Debuts First Ever Drag Queen Contestant, Shangela, This Season


Season 31 of “Dancing With the Stars” premiered Monday, showcasing its first-ever male same-sex dancing pair as drag queen Shangela joined the cast alongside professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.

The media had nothing but glowing reviews for the former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant, who completed his performance in drag. Born D.J. Pierce, the 40-year-old performer told People how thrilled he was to be on the show. 

“It was such a special moment to be here tonight,” he said following the season premiere. “I mean, in the rehearsals I could see this moment coming in my head, but I never could have imagined that it would be as awesome as it was. When the crowd started chanting and screaming for us … it was everything.”

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Shangela and Savchenko got a

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