Some of TikTok’s biggest stars have built business empires simply by showing off their dance moves in bite-sized videos. As such, it was only a matter of time before Dancing with the Stars recruited some of the platform’s most popular users to join the show.
On Good Morning America, viewers said two members of the D’Amelio family, Charli D’Amelio and her mother Heidi D’Amelio, will join the season 31 cast. Charli is worth an estimated $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, so she certainly doesn’t need the cash prize being offered to the “DWTS” winner. However, she would roll away with bragging rights and a chance to show off her mirror ball trophy on her family’s Hulu reality series, The D’Amelio Show.
The D’Amelios have a large enough fan base that the series garnered a second-season renewal, so Variety’s mother-daughter duo could prove to be a force to be reckoned with in a reality competition where viewers compete for their favorite candidates can vote . Charli has over 146 million followers on TikTok, while her mother has a respectable following of her own of around 10 million fans, so viewers will be coming. According to Deadline, far fewer viewers tuned in to the season 30 finale of Dancing with the Stars, which drew 5.4 million eyeballs.
However, Charli and Heidi bring more to the table than their large fan bases – they have the moves and they also make history.
Charli D’Amelio has already performed with a DWTS professional
As noted by Good Morning America, Charli D’Amelio and Heidi D’Amelio will be the first members of the same family to compete on Dancing with the Stars. In another first, the show is moving to the Disney+ platform, which could benefit the duo as more content consumers who source their entertainment online tune in for season 31.
Heidi used to dance in competitions, and Charli followed in her mother’s footsteps. “I’ve been training dance since I was three years old. Actually, I started competing when I was five,” Charli said on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She’s so good she was invited to perform with Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough for his Step Into… the Movies special, which aired in March 2022. They recreated the iconic elevator scene from the movie Dirty Dancing.”
Charli and Heidi have another weapon in their arsenal: Dixie D’Amelio. She has her own legion of 54 million TikTok followers to encourage to vote for her sister and mother. As for the D’Amelios contest, on her Dance Dish Media blog, “DWTS” detective Kristyn Burtt has identified a number of other stars on this season’s roster, including “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks, multi-hyphenated Entertainer Wayne Brady and actor Trevor Donovan, so Charli and Heidi will have their work cut out for them. The full cast will be announced on Good Morning America on September 8th.