Why Cody Rigsby Wasn't Paired With A Same-Sex Partner On DWTS

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 30 made history when it was announced that the show would feature the first-ever same-same couple. "Dance Moms" alum JoJo Siwa was partnered with professional dancer Jenna Johnson just a few months after she publicly came out in a series of social media videos, per People. "They asked, would I be more comfortable with a female or with a male and immediately I knew for myself I would be way more comfortable with a girl," Siwa stated. "I have a chance right now to make history and to break down a barrier and there's nothing that I would rather do than that," she added.

Meanwhile, Johnson, who is the wife of fellow "Dancing With the Stars" pro Val Chmerkovskiy, said that her family was very supportive of her decision to dance with Siwa in Season 30. "This is groundbreaking, and this does need to happen. And I'm so proud to be the face of this," Johnson previously told the Salt Lake Tribune about the same-sex pairing.

Meanwhile, "Dancing With the Stars" has another openly gay contestant this season in Cody Rigsby. However, Rigsby isn't dancing with a same-sex partner. Instead, he's been paired with former champion and longtime vet, Cheryl Burke.

Cody Rigsby praised JoJo Siwa for her courage

Cody Rigsby has already made a splash during Season 30 of "Dancing With the Stars" alongside his partner Cheryl Burke. However, as an openly gay member of the cast, some fans couldn't help but wonder why he didn't dance with a same-sex partner like his fellow contestant JoJo Siwa. The Peloton instructor admitted that his excitement over joining "Dancing With the Stars" overwhelmed him to the point where he didn't even think to ask if dancing with a same-sex partner was an option.

"When the conversation opportunity came up for 'DWTS,' I was just so excited to be on the show, I guess I didn't even think it was a possibility, so I didn't bring it up," Rigsby confessed to GLAAD, adding that he would have asked if the thought had crossed his mind. The exercise guru also went on to reveal that he believes there will be a same-sex male team on the reality dancing competition in the near future. "I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, but, in conversations, I know Val [Chmerkovskiy] is really open to having a same-sex partner for next season and I think that would be incredible," Rigsby said.

Of course, Rigsby also praised JoJo Siwa for her courage to make history with her same-sex partner. "For her to jump into this space that's not comfortable, not her home base of, you know, kids ... that already has a lot of courage," he admitted.