The new cast for "Dancing With the Stars" season 31 has been revealed
D.J. "Shangela" Pierce, 40, the singer and performer featured on three seasons of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," will be the first male celebrity contestant to be paired with a male professional dancer.
Shangela, a standout from "A Star Is Born" who met pro dancer partner Gleb Savchenko last week while filming the Season 3 finale of HBO's "We're Here" in New Jersey, was thrilled to find out about the groundbreaking pairing.
"It was jaw on the floor," Shangela tells . "I feel so grateful and have not missed out on how momentous this is. And I want to rise to the occasion, baby."
"This is something totally different because I'm a drag entertainer who will be standing up there," Shangela says.
"On the dancing nights, I'm going to be dressed as the doll, honey. That's my fiercest form as an entertainer.
Last season, YouTube star JoJo Siwa made "DWTS" history with her same-sex pro partner Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, a power duo that went all the way to the show's finals, where they took second place in the competition. The show has aired on ABC since 2005.