Dancing With The Stars Season 29 is a snapshot of the shifting celebrity landscape for the new decade. Some castings never change, with Bachelorettes, Boybanders, and Disney Channel stars taking the floor. In the good news, Politicians are out (thank heavens). In the better news, Netflix is in, with three celebrities from current Netflix series, and a fourth from the recently-moved-to-Pop One Day At A Time. But the most 2020 of all the celebrity casting is undoubtedly Carole Baskin from Tiger King. And to no one’s surprise, Carole Baskin’s first DWTS performance song will stay true to her tiger theme.
When her casting was announced, Baskin said the decision to join the long-running celebrity dancing competition was for the tigers. She reiterated that when speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she hoped to bring awareness to Big Cat Rescue, the non-profit animal sanctuary she runs in Tampa.
Although Netflix’s Tiger King docu-series did not present her in the most flattering of light, it is notable how on-brand she’s been when it comes to her love of big cats. Dancing With The Stars is shaping up to continue the trend, with her first song being one of the most obvious choices she could use: Survivor’s 1982 hit "Eye Of The Tiger."
Baskin admits that she was deluged with opportunities after Tiger King‘s runaway success on Netflix. Even so, Baskin isn’t trying to show the world she has hidden dancing skills, or reveal a new, softer side of herself by doing DWTS. She’s doing this for the tigers.
Speaking to ET, Baskin said:
With her singular focus, "Eye Of The Tiger" was her natural first song choice. As for what she’ll be wearing, she doesn’t know yet. "The people in wardrobe asked me what they could do, and I told them to go just absolutely wild. So, I think you’re going to be as surprised as I am."
Dancing With The Stars Season 29 kicks off on Monday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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