A “Dancing With the Stars” season 31 contestant has already opted out of the competition.
Heidi D’Amelio, star of “The D’Amelio Show” and mother of TikTok phenomenon Charli D’Amelio, almost left the show before she even got a chance to dance in the ballroom, as she did in Monday’s premiere episode , September 19, revealed .
Heidi’s partner, Artem Chigvintsev, didn’t know she felt this way until she mentioned it during a Skybox interview with co-host Alfonso Ribeiro.
According to Page Six, Charli was the one who ultimately stopped her mom from leaving the ballroom dancing competition show. She shared that she had concerns ahead of the premiere and wasn’t sure if she’d make it to the dance.
“So I was fine until last Tuesday, and then on Wednesday the rehearsal was awful and I was about to cry,” she said. “But I was like, ‘I’m not going to let it [Artem] see me crying, I won’t do this.”
She said the entire rehearsal was a struggle.
“I fought the entire rehearsal for three hours, and then I went home and rehearsed until about four in the morning,” she said. “And then I came back the next day a little bit better, but it wasn’t great.”
That’s when her self-doubt really took hold.
“I thought, ‘I can’t. I have to advise against that. I won’t be able to make it,” she told the outlet. “I came back this Friday and I don’t know what happened. Everything kind of settled down.”
She said her daughter used her own words against her, giving her advice she gave to Charli and Dixie as they danced.
“When I heard all those words come out of her mouth, I was like, ‘Okay, I see,'” she said.
In an interview with Us Weekly after the premiere, Chigvintsev shared that he didn’t know his partner almost quit.
“I had no idea she was stopping,” he told the outlet. “I thought, ‘What?’ … I found it out honestly when they spoke to Alfonso, and I was like, ‘Should I say something? Shouldn’t I?’”
Ultimately, he decided to ask her about it, telling reporters that he thinks she has a lot of potential.
“I think you work really hard,” he said during the premiere episode. “I think you really want to look good and you want to do well. And this [are] three types of ingredients that [are] so important to be successful on this show. You just have to stay and keep going from week to week to do better.”
Heidi doesn’t think she’ll feel the need to stop again.
“I’m over it,” she shared.
In week two, Heidi and Artem will perform a foxtrot to Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds, and Charli and her partner Mark Ballas will perform a quickstep to Elvis’ Bossa Nova Baby in competition in honor of Elvis week.