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Shangela Slayed Her Pussycat Dolls Dancing With the Stars Debut

Shangela Slayed Her Pussycat Dolls Dancing With the Stars Debut

Shangela Slayed Her Pussycat Dolls Dancing With the Stars Debut

Of course she did. She bring it to you every ball!

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The latest season of Dancing With the Stars premiered this week, and with it, Shangela made her debut as the first drag queen to appear on the American version of the show.

When the full cast list finally dropped earlier this month, drag fans were hyped to see both that a queen was among the contestants and that it was none other than RuPaul’s Drag Race fave Shangela.

And her opening number didn’t disappoint.

The performer danced her heart out alongside partner Gleb Savchenko to The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up.” Both were dressed in loud, colorful outfits and exuded an energy that made their first impression a memorable one.

All the judges complimented the performance, and the crowd went absolutely wild.

“This audience has been booing us all night, but I think you changed their mood because they woke up,” Carrie Ann Inaba said.

At home, Shangela and Savchenko’s routine received similar praise.

“It was so incredibly special because I think about all the queens that ever wanted to be in this space that never got the opportunity,” Shangela said. “Maybe by seeing me and seeing how we just showed up as our true authentic self tonight and were accepted and cheered on, that they know that they can do it, too.”

The judges gave Shangela 7s across the board, leaving her tied for third place in week one alongside The Bachelorette’s Gabby Windey and everyone’s Cruel Intentions fave, Selma Blair, coming in just one point behind Wayne Brady and three behind TikToker Charli D’Amelio.

Everyone familiar with Shangela knew she was going to be a force to be reckoned with on Dancing With the Stars, but there should be no question now that she’s in this one for the long haul!

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.