Who Is Sam Champion’s New Favorite ‘DWTS’ Castmate?

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke from Dancing With The Stars, Instagram

Good Morning America star Sam Champion put on his dancing shoes and is competing on Dancing With The Stars this year. It’s the perfect chance to show the world he can dance. But he’s also here to have a good time and make some new friends in the process.

He and his pro partner Cheryl Burke seem to be getting along well. But he’s also made a new friend among the cast members. Who does Sam Champion feel particularly close to these days?

Meteorologist Sam Champion loves his “pod mate” for Season 31

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke didn’t really have the most outstanding routine of the night. But even so, they managed to win over audience members and get enough votes to keep them out of the bottom two. But better than that, it appears as if the Good Morning America meteorologist is having a lot of fun.

So who is his new best friend on the set?

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke from Dancing With The Stars, Instagram
Sam Champion & Cheryl Burke/Instagram

Although Dancing With The Stars has much less stringent COVID-19 protocols these days, there are still a few rules that contestants have to follow. According to Sam Champion, the dancers have all been put in “pods” for social distancing. Sam and Cheryl Burke are in a pod with Shangela and Gleb Savchenko. And it appears the two are getting along well!

“Due to Covid. We stay in smaller groups.. in “pods” and @itsSHANGELA is with us!!! It’s my joy every day,” the meteorologist tweeted.

Shangela is a drag performer and uses she/her pronouns while in character. She’s proud to make history as the first drag performer to compete on Dancing With The Stars this year. And her partner Gleb is happy to perform alongside her.

“I’ve never danced with a male partner before,” the Russian dancer told E! in a recent interview, “and it’s definitely different, but in a good way. I actually enjoy our rehearsals, a lot more than I’ve enjoyed rehearsing in previous seasons.”

Fans can’t wait to see more of the budding friendship between the competitors!

The Good Morning America star is working on his skills

Many Good Morning America viewers were pleasantly surprised to learn that Sam Champion would be part of the DWTS Season 31 cast. No one is quite sure how well he will be able to handle more complicated routines, but one thing is certain. The meteorologist has fallen in love with ballroom dance.

With a partner like Cheryl Burke, he may go pretty far in the competition. But even if he does get eliminated, he won’t give up. Sam Champion previously teased that he’s interested in dance classes, even after his time on Dancing With The Stars is over.

Tune into the newest episode of DWTS Season 31 on Disney+ on Monday night. Elvis Night starts at 8 PM eastern time, so tune in and see how Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke do! They need your votes, so don’t forget to text in. Check back for more stories like this one.


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