Shangela Gets Dance Tips from Paula Abdul Ahead of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Jill O'Rourke
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Dancing with the Stars Season 31 contestant D.J. “Shangela” Pierce recently got to chat with Paula Abdul, who gave him some tips about performing the Rumba. He will be taking on the dance with his partner Gleb Savchenko during Bond Night.


Shangela Gets Dance Tips from Paula Abdul

Over the weekend, Pierce shared a video of himself out of drag, talking to the former American Idol judge at an event. He wrote on the video, “Paula Abdul blessing me with tips for a good Rumba.”

In the clip Abdul can be heard telling Pierce, “The Rumba is about being fluid and sexy and sensual. Like your strut. It’s the language of love and all you have to do is sell that, and be elongated.”

When Pierce informed her that he would be dancing to the Bond theme “Goldeneye” by Tina Turner, Abdul told him that he “picked the right song.” They shared a hug, and Pierce complimented Abdul’s outfit, jokingly asking if he could borrow it.


Shangela and Savchenko have been doing well this season, earning scores of 28 for both weeks so far, after dancing the Salsa and Quickstep.

SEE ALSO: SHANGELA’S MOST ICONIC MOMENTS ON ‘RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’

This Week Is Bond Night on Dancing With the Stars

This week, DWTS is celebrating 60 years of James Bond by having contestants dance to iconic Bond themes from throughout the years. Last week, Charli D’Amelio revealed that she’s dancing to Billie Eilish’s Oscar-winning song “No Time to Die.”


Other songs to be featured Monday night include “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith from Spectre (for Joseph Baena’s Argentine Tango), “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey (for Jessie James Decker’s Rumba), and “Die Another Day” by Madonna (for Gabby Windey’s Cha Cha).

You can catch all of this week’s performances on Dancing with the Stars, streaming Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Disney+.

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