Shangela vows to ‘get spicy’ in DWTS ballroom after receiving first perfect score
Shangela is ready to ‘turn up the heat’ on Dancing with the stars.
The drag queen earned her first set of perfect scores on Monday and with the final weeks of the competition fast approaching, she says she’s ready to bring even more fire to the dance floor
“I’m from Texas, so I’m no stranger to spicy things,” the Paris, Texas native told PEOPLE. “So it’s time to be spicy in this ballroom and really push myself to the furthest limit I can reach, in order to put on a top-notch show.”
After proclaiming herself ‘purely shocked’ as judges gave her and partner Gleb Savchenko a perfect 10 for their jazz routine to Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ on Monday, the drag queen already has her sights set on the sequel.
As the coveted Mirrorball draws closer, Shangela says she “dreams” of being crowned the Season 31 winner.
“I know I’m going to cry from all my lower lashes if I win,” Shangela said. “I’m just going to cry with joy.”
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Although she is “passionate” about performing and dancing, this competition has always been a very difficult task for the drag queen, who rose to fame after several appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Raceand credited her time on the competitive show for grooming her for DWTS.
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“Coming into this competition, it has by no means been easy. Some people will say, ‘Well, Shangela. hard?'” she told PEOPLE.
“Well, it’s hard because there’s a lot of training that goes into the sport of dance. There’s a lot of training that goes into the sport of ballroom dancing. And I was a student as well as an artist and I’ve been playing a lot of catch-up.”
ABC/Eric McCandless Shangela on DWTS
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Shangela and Savchenko’s jazz routine drew high praise from the judges. Carrie Ann Inaba called the dance Shangela’s “best performance”, praising her for being so “immersed” on the dance floor.
“It was a real Halloween [dance]”, said Len Goodman. “It scared me.”
Derek Hough agreed with Goodman, adding that he might have “nightmares” but the dance was “sensational”.
“Some people say cloud nine, but I’m living on cloud 99 tonight,” Shangela tells PEOPLE of the reaction to her performance, which had a special resonance for her as Halloween provided her with one of her first occasions. to try flirting.
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“Honestly, I was in shock, because in this competition I worked very hard, but I know that the judges look at me very critically and I always wanted to make them happy,” she adds. .
“I’m a showgirl. I want to give people a time at home that they can cheer on and love. And tonight, I felt like all of those things that I wanted to give came together in the most beautiful way. more perfect.”
Dancing with the stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Disney+.