Tinashe (‘Dancing with the Stars’): Will fans love her, or will her past dance experience cause a backlash?

R&B artist Tinashe is joining the 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars” just a few months after the release of her latest studio album “Joyride,” but she’s not only a singer. She also has an extensive dance background. Will that help her dazzle the judges and viewers at home? The new season begins on September 24, so before Tinashe and her competitors take the stage, let’s consider her pros and cons as a contestant.


Tinashe joins the ranks of past “DWTS” contestants like Mya, Heather Morris and Normani Kordei with significant dance experience. By the age of 4, Tinashe was studying ballet, tap and jazz and competed in various styles as part of a dance company until she was 18, so she’s a ringer. With so much training and competition under her belt, she should easily become one of the top contenders for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Singers have a strong track record on this show with past winners including Drew Lachey (season 2), Nicole Scherzinger (season 10), Kellie Pickler (season 16), Amber Riley (season 17) and Jordan Fisher (season 25).


But Tinashe should watch out. As we saw with Mya, Morris, Kordei and Sabrina Bryan, to name a few, the best dancer oftentimes doesn’t win. Audiences tend to gravitate towards stars who they are able to see grow throughout the competition, which could hurt Tinashe if she’s perfectly polished right out of the gate.

Sometimes viewers resent contestants who are too good for what is supposed to be an amateur dance competition. Consider that Morris was one of the highest-scoring dancers in season 24 but was shockingly sent home in eighth place.

Also, Tinashe is paired with a first-time pro Brandon Armstrong, who the audience hasn’t gotten to know as a competitor yet. The pressure will be on for the rookie to create the kinds of amazing routines that will allow Tinashe to shine.

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