Daniel Durant says it’s “beautiful” to be part of such an inclusive season on Dancing with the Stars and shared how he “wouldn’t be here” if it weren’t for his mums. (Getty)
Dancing with the Stars contestant Daniel Durant has opened up about how he “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for his two mums.
Durant, who played Leo in CODA, made his Dancing with the Stars debut Monday (19 September) alongside his professional partner Britt Stewart. The pair performed a tango to “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce and received a score of 27 out of 40 from the judges.
Durant is the third deaf person to compete in the US series after his CODA costar Marlee Matlin and model Nyle DiMarco, who won the competition back in 2016.
He told GLAAD that he was “proud” of the performance and planned to go as “far as [they] can” in the competition. Durant added it was “beautiful” to be part of such an inclusive season that also features its first drag queen contestant, Shangela, as well as its first all-male pairing.
He said the jump in LGBTQ+ representation on Dancing with the Stars was especially meaningful as he was adopted and raised by two mums.
“I support Shangela and I support the LGBTQ+ community because I was adopted by my mums, and I became successful because of them – really they saved me from a sad situation,” Durant said. “I could have had a way worse life.”
He continued: “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my mums, and I see what my mums went through growing up – saw how people treated them, everything.
“And when I saw Shangela here, I was like ‘Yes! Thank you to Hollywood, thank you to Disney for opening the door for more diversity’.
“We need to be here because everyone needs to see this.”