'Drag Race' star Shangela makes Dancing With the Stars

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DJ "Shangela" Pierce, 40, a singer and performer on three seasons of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," will be the first male celebrity contestant

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a professional dancer when the ballroom competition begins its 31st season. 19,

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The "A Star Is Born" standout, who met professional dancer Gleb Savchenko last week while filming the season 3 finale of HBO's

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"We're Here" in New Jersey, was thrilled to hear about the groundbreaking couple.

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"It was jaw-dropping," Sangela tells USA Today. "I feel so thankful and I haven't failed to focus on how significant it is.

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And I want to take this opportunity, baby."

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Sangela, who identifies as male in everyday life, wants to make it clear that this casting represents a bigger story than "two guys dancing"

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"This is something completely different, because I'm a tow truck that's going to stand there," says Sangela.

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"I'll be dressed as a doll at the dances, baby. That's my wildest form of entertainer.

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When I'm in drag, my pronouns are she/she. So to see a drag queen with a dancer is going to be powerful

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It's going to be a great space and an amazing platform to perform that kind of representation.'

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