Lindsay Arnold explains why Dancing With The Stars demotion was ‘the best thing that ever happened to me’

Dancing with the stars is known for its fierce competition. And Season 30 was no exception. Pro Cheryl Burk and his partner, Peloton instructor Cody Rigby, had to train and even dance remotely for a week because they both had Covid-19. Cheryl compared season 30 of DWTS at the show Survivor.

DWTS also made history for featuring the first same-sex partnership. pop singer JoJo Siwa was paired with Jenna Johnsonand the duo lit up the ballroom.

Pro Lindsay Arnold was paired with matt jameswho played in The single person. According to entertainment tonightLindsay and Matt were sent packing at the end of two nights of Disney-themed performances. Brian Austin Green and professional Sharna Burgess were also sent home in the double elimination.

According to E! News, Lindsay shared how a demotion on DWTS was the best thing that could happen to him on Jason Tartick’s podcast, Trade secrets. In 2013, Lindsay joined season 16 of DWTS. She was 18 years old. She was associated with the boxer Victor Ortiz, and the duo came in eighth place. After that, Lindsay learned that she would return, but as a member of the dance troupe.

“I just wasn’t ready” Lindsay Explain. “I had never been on the show to find out how things worked. Looking back, it’s the best thing that ever happened to me that I became a background dancer. Lindsay had to adjust to the “total pay cut” and called the news “probably one of the hardest parts of my career”.

Lindsay is grateful for the experience “because it really pushed me to be ready for when they asked me to come back as a professional.”

“When I was 18, it was much harder for me to understand,” said the professional dancer. She added that there “wasn’t really any justification” for her demotion.

“Looking back, I know it was because I wasn’t quite ready. I think I needed more time to mature – above all – and to really discover who I was as an artist. Lindsay declared. “You really have to become yourself and find out who you are as a person.”

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The demotion also led Lindsay to discover the joys of budgeting. When she went “from one paycheck and was more than halved,” she learned how to manage her money. the old So you think you can dance contestant said, “I never had a job growing up because literally my whole life was school and dancing, so I never had to pay for my own gas.”

Lindsay was just beginning to barely have money and pay checks when his salary was cut. “I’m lucky to have had parents to guide me through this,” Lindsay said. “It would have been a totally different story if I hadn’t had people in my life guiding me and helping me through it.”

While she was part of the dance troupe on DWTS, Lindsay in fact, she spent more time in the dance studio because she was working “on the show’s schedule.” Lindsay had to be “always on call, ready to go.” She added of the position, “It’s a total pay cut, but it’s still great.” In 2015, Lindsay was promoted to a professional role on DWTS after spending four seasons as a cast member.

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During season 25, Lindsay and his partner, Jordan Fisher, won the mirror ball.

E! reached out to Dancing with the stars for comment but did not get a response.


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Colleen D. Ervin