Jenna Johnson Says Having a Female ‘DWTS’ Partner Was “So Much Easier”
Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Cheryl Burke stopped by The Wendy Williams Show this week, and fellow pro Jenna Johnson also made a surprise appearance with her to talk to former contestant Leah Remini.
Johnson talked about her historic same-sex partnership with JoJo Siwa during Season 30, pointing out that dancing with a female partner actually ended up being easier despite her initial hesitation.
Jenna Johnson Says Dancing with a Female Partner Was Easier
Remini marveled at how hard the pro dancers work to teach the celebrities how to dance, with co-host Michelle Visage pointing out that “women have it harder” because they have to teach their male partners how to lead. Burke chimed in to joke, “Or he has to look like he’s leading.”
“It’s funny,” Johnson shared, “’cause the male pros always complain that they have the harder role … So this season, I had a female. And guess what? So much easier. I was like, ‘None of you can complain anymore.'”
Still, Johnson admitted that she was “very nervous” at first to dance with a female partner, which she hadn’t done before. However, she says it ended up being “the best experience of my life,” adding that she “wouldn’t have traded it.”
Is Johnson Competitive with Her Husband Val Chmerkovskiy?
Johnson also talked about her marriage to fellow Dancing with the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy. This season, Chmerkovskiy was paired with Olivia Jade. Remini asked if it was hard for Johnson to compete against her husband on the show.
“It’s hard working with your spouse, but I appreciate having Val know what I’m going through,” Johnson shared. “And every week, I send him my routine. I’m like, ‘What do you think? What can I change? How can I make this better?’ And he does the same for me, so I feel like he’s my little secret weapon during this season.”
When asked if they were planning to return for the next season of the show, Burke and Johnson said they just don’t know. Burke said the show waits until “the last second” to decide these things.