‘DWTS’: Shangela Dishes On Hot Chemistry With Gleb Savchenko

Shangela and Gleb Savchenko from Instagram

Shangela is proud to make history as the first performer to compete in drag on Dancing With The Stars. She’s definitely a lot of fun to watch and has completely smashed expectations. And a lot of that is thanks to her professional partner, Gleb Savchenko.

Gleb has a bit of a naughty reputation in the ballroom. There have been many rumors about him hooking up with his dance partners in previous seasons. Now that he’s in a committed relationship, he hopefully won’t stray. But even Shangela admits their steamy chemistry keeps them advancing in the competition. Keep reading to see what she had to say.

Shangela is grateful that Gleb Savchenko is her partner

Last season, DWTS had the first same-sex partnership with JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson. This year, they’re having the first same-sex partnership with two men. Shangela uses “she/her” pronouns while in drag, but identifies as male when not performing. She also rehearses out of drag, so most fans have seen her male persona if they follow her online.

Although this is another history-making season, Shangela admits that she couldn’t have done it all on her own.

“When I first got signed for this show, I prayed, I journaled, and I thought, ‘Please let me get someone whose energy and excitement for this experience matches mine,’” Shangela told Parade in a recent interview. “I know this is the first male to male partnership on Dancing with the Stars, but I walked into this with no reservations, thankfully, because of Gleb.”

Shangela and Gleb Savchenko from Instagram
Shangela & Gleb Savchenko/Instagram

Fans that follow the pair on Instagram can frequently see them making TikToks and goofing around when they aren’t rehearsing. And Shangela loves that part of their relationship.

“When two people who are excited for something, who are working together as a team, who are a true partnership, get together, then that’s when the magic happens,” the drag performer told Parade. “I am so excited to be working with Gleb. He’s patient, he’s kind, he’s funny, we have so much fun. I’m like, ‘Let’s make another TikTok video!’ He’s always down. So, I’m really thrilled that we get to go through this together.”

Shangela and Gleb Savchenko from Instagram
Shangela & Gleb Savchenko/Instagram

As long as they continue to get votes from fans, Shangela and Gleb have a very real chance of going straight to the finale. They always seem to connect well with the audience and have fans buzzing on social media after they perform.

The pair prepare for another night of competition

Next week is Michael Buble Night! The set list isn’t out yet, but Shangela and Gleb will have to prove themselves in the ballroom if they want to stick around for another week. Do they have what it takes to pull it off?

Check back with TV Shows Ace for more news on Shangela and the rest of the DWTS cast. There will be plenty of more news to share shortly!

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