Shangela, Gleb react to performing on ‘DWTS’ with fried chicken in her dress
October 25, 2022 | 1:47am
Shangela fully ate on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night.
Ever the entertainer, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstar pulled out two pieces of “crispy fried chicken” concealed in ziplock bags out of her dress – yes, you read that right – to personally give head judge Len Goodman immediately following her and Gleb Savchenko’s tango.
After unveiling the surprise gift and asking Goodman if her legs were “crispy” – a comment he made last week – host Tyra Banks grabbed one of the bags and proceeded to take a bite out of the chicken.
“I had no idea [she was doing that] until the end,” Savchenko said of his partner while speaking to Page Six after the Michael Bublé-themed show.
“At the beginning of the number, Shangela had confetti. She came out of the red carpet and did the whole thing. So before the dance, I saw something tucked in [her dress] and I was like, ‘Oh, maybe it’s the glitter,’” he continued. “And then, no, it was fried chicken.”
Shangela confessed that she purposely kept it a secret from her pro partner, knowing the idea probably wouldn’t fly with him.
“I didn’t tell him because, as a choreographer, I know he is laser-focused on me just focusing on the moves and the technique,” she explained.
“And I wanted to definitely be laser-focused on that, but ,you know, I’m Shangela. I like to bring a little fun, a little spontaneity, a little surprise, and it was one for him, too.”
Shangela, who grew up in Paris, Texas, also gave credit to her mom for being the mastermind behind the spicy idea while chatting with reporters in the ballroom.
“My mom was like, ‘Listen, we’re Texans, OK? If they’re looking for crispy legs, this is what you need to do,’” she recalled. “My mama told me, ‘You need to take the real crispy legs up in there.’ And you know what? That’s what I did.”
She added, “I’m a Texan. I’m no stranger to having chicken close to my heart. And tonight, I delivered.”
Shangela hiding food in her costume while performing was certainly a first for the dance competition show, with many fans taking to Twitter to comment on the hilarious live moment.
A third fan commented“Shangela carrying fried chicken in her bra, Tyra actually eating it, that’s EVERYTHING.”
Shangela, 40, and Savchenko, 39, received a total score of 45/50 for the routine set to “Hollywood” by guest judge Bublé.
The dance duo promised to bring out even more surprises for next week’s “Halloween Night,” which includes the highly anticipated return of “Team Dances.”
Shangela confirmed they’ll be teamed up with fellow competitors Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong, Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsevand Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiyalong with Vinny Guadagnino as their “team leader” with Koko Iwasaki.
“I am so grateful to still be in this competition,” Shangela gushed to Page Six. “It’s about, not only the judges’ scores, but also the fans voting. And to know there’s a legion of people out there who are supporting Gleb and I, it just swells my heart.
“And I want them to know that we are working!” she continued. “We are putting in the work to make sure that we are earning their votes and showing up for them.”
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Disney+.