Whenever someone with known dancing abilities is cast on Dancing with the Stars, some controversy ensues. Actors with dance training and Olympic gymnasts and figure skaters have received scrutiny before, but perhaps the most contentious contestant ever will be Heather Morris on Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. Morris looks like she is set to join the ranks of Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Meryl Davis, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Laurie Hernandez as a person who has previous dance training and could totally win it all. Yet, what separates her from them — and her fellow competitors this season, Olympians Simone Biles and Nancy Kerrigan — is that Morris has worked as a professional dancer. Let the outrage commence!
Morris is best known for playing cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on Glee, but unlike her costar Amber Riley (who won her own DWTS Mirrorball in Season 17), Morris has always been known as a dancer who can sing — not a singer who can dance. While you could argue that Morris being on Dancing with the Stars is unfair (and trust me, plenty of people have done that), the show is more about entertainment than who will win for me. And if Morris' dancing career is any indication, she's going to be entertaining as hell.
Still, if you are upset by her casting, the actress, singer, and dancer has actually commented on the controversy she is causing. She told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn't think she has any advantage and that the competition is fair.
Oh really, Morris? While I'm not mad at the casting since I know she will be great to watch each week, I must call her out on that statement because her dancing proves she has way more than a slight edge. Although I know firsthand as a dancer that just because you can do hip-hop and jazz doesn't mean you can dance ballroom, Morris has years of picking up choreography that will make her training go much smoother than, say, Nick Viall's training. (No offense, Nick!) Biles absolutely has an advantage too, but Morris is on a whole other level — even if that level isn't at the height of some of Biles' gymnastics moves.
If you don't believe me or just need a refresher of Morris' dancing career — including the fact that she was a backup dancer for Beyoncé! — check out Morris dancing professionally below. It will help you understand what the uproar about her Dancing with the Stars casting is all about and make you excited to see what she'll do with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy during the DWTS premiere on March 20.