Olivia Jade Dancing With The Stars Debut Stirs Scandal, Claims Say It’s A ‘Deal’

“I need to step forward .”

YouTube Star Olivia Jade made her Dancing With The Stars debut in the last week of September, but now it seems like she may have been a controversial casting choice. 

On September 27, a tweet read “#OliviaJade supposed has a deal to stay at least 3 weeks without being in danger on #DWTS,” which stirred a controversy. In response, ABC network executive Robert Mills fired back saying, “This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The show is a competition and as such is subject to legal and broadcast standard regulations.”

Olivia Jade isn’t a public favorite as she is the former University of Southern California student whose parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli served time in prison following the infamous college admissions scandal. In May 2020, they pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to Rick Singer, an alleged ringleader in the scam, to create fake athletic profiles to allow their daughters to attend University of Southern California. 

Upon her casting on Dancing With The Stars, the 22-years-old opened up about viewing the ABC show as a fresh start after her parent’s 2019 scandal. 

“The last few years I’ve been wrapped up in a scandal,” Olivia said on the September 20 premiere. “I did step back from social media and just soak in what everybody was saying. I’m not trying to pull a pity card, I just need to step forward and do better.”

However, with the new controversial Dancing With The Stars details, Olivia Jade is receiving support from her DWTS family, including host Tyra Banks.

“I think she’s super brave to come out,” Tyra said on E!’s Daily Pop. “I think she’s like, ‘I’m tired of other people talking about me, it’s time for me to tell my story, and I’m going to do it on national television and I’m going to do it on Dancing With the Stars.'”

“I’m going to be right there with her, helping her tell her story,” Tyra added. “There’s just so much.

On Sept. 27, Olivia and partner Val Chmerkovskiy made it through the first round of eliminations, scoring a combined 52 out of 80 for their first two dances. And Olivia’s partner, Chmerkovskiy, told reporters how he “appreciates” her dancing skills.

“I don’t know how many more seasons I have on the show. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to dance. I love dance. I can’t dance without a partner, without a student. I can’t be on this show without somebody that has that passion,” the pro said. “This young lady does and I appreciate that a lot. She buys in. She loves the craft. She allows me to be passionate about what I love.”

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