YouTube personality and violinist Lindsey Stirling is no stranger to reality competitions. Stirling appeared in season five of “America’s Got Talent” where she made it to the semifinals before being eliminated. Shortly after her stint on “AGT” she started her own YouTube channel, which currently has over nine million subscribers. Now this season on “Dancing with the Stars” she’s paired with two-time Mirror Ball champ and friend Mark Ballas, who returns after a two-season absence.
The new season starts on September 18, so before she and her competitors hit the dance floor let’s consider the pros and cons.
It seems like Lindsey was destined to become a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” In addition to being paired with her friend Mark, Lindsey is also good friends with six-time Mirror Ball champ Derek Hough. In fact, Derek is featured in one of Lindsey’s music videos in which the two dance an intense Argentine tango (watch it above). Based on that video alone, Lindsey definitely has the skills to go far.
Another advantage of being paired with Mark is that they will have a leg up in terms of building a connection with each other. For many stars on the show, having chemistry with their pro is something that can either happen right off the bat or could take the entire season to develop, if it develops at all.
Another pro for Lindsey is that she has a history of being on a reality competition series. With “AGT” being a similar live competition, this should help Lindsey manage her nerves when it comes to performing in front of millions of people week after week. She could possibly follow in the footsteps of season 14 Mirror Ball champ Kellie Pickler, who like Lindsey appeared on a hugely popular reality competition series (“American Idol”) before joining “DWTS.”
Although she has millions of YouTube subscribers and has danced with Derek Hough, she lacks instant name recognition. Her partner Mark has a history of being paired with lesser-known celebrities like Paige VanZant, Katherine Jenkins, and Sadie Robertson. With those stars in particular, he was fortunate enough that they had some natural dance ability he could build on to create some amazing and showstopping routines. However, it proved to not be enough as each of them were runner-ups in their respective seasons.
Online fandom can power a contestant through an audience-voted series like “DWTS,” but it’s not a guarantee. YouTube personality Bethany Mota finished fourth in season 19, and Vine star Hayes Grier placed eighth in season 21,
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