Who is Lindsay Arnold? Inside Matt James' 'DWTS' partner's track record on the show
When it comes to the pro dancers on 'Dancing With The Stars', it always helps to have a stellar track record. After all, a lot rides on these dancer's dainty shoulders' seeing that they are the creative and driving force behind their duos. And if there is anyone who has had a consistent track record and something to prove, it would have to be Lindsay Arnold.
Arnold was one of the youngest troupe dancers to go pro on the show but that didn't stop her from making sure she was always in the top 4. While she has had a bit of a slump in the recent seasons, she is back for Season 30, along with 'The Bachelor' star Matt James, ready to give it her all. Here's a look at her track record so far.
Who is Lindsay Arnold?
Lindsay Arnold Cusick is a professional Latin and ballroom dancer. She was born and raised in Provo, Utah. Arnold was a contestant on Season 9 of 'So You Think You Can Dance', having auditioned at age 18. She made it all the way to the top 8 before being eliminated and later went on to join' Dancing With The Stars'
Her 'DWTS' track record
Arnold joined Season 16 of the series and was the second youngest pro-dancer in 'DWTS' history. In Season 16, she was partnered with professional boxer Victor Ortiz and the duo placed 8th. From Season 17 to Season 20, she was a part of the dance troupe. In Season 21, she made a comeback as pro-dancer, alongside National Guard member Alek Skarlatos and the duo made it to the finals where they placed third.
In Season 22, she was paired with Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris and the duo came in fourth. In Season 23, she was partnered with former NFL player Calvin Johnson Jr., and they came in third. In Season 24, she was paired with Major League Baseball catcher David Ross and they came in second. Season 25 seemed to be Arnold's lucky break, as she and singer-actor Jordan Fisher won the season and even made history with the most perfect scores.
In Season 26, she was paired with former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and they placed 7th. In Season 27, she was partnered with former NFL player DeMarcus Ware and they placed seventh. In Season 28, she was paired with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and the duo placed sixth.
She's all set for Season 30
Arnold is married to Samuel Cusick, her high school sweetheart. The pair tied the knot back in 2015. The couple had their first child together last year, during which Arnold took time off the show to focus on her family. Although she missed out on Season 29, she was hoping to be a part of Season 30, as she spoke to Hollywood Life about the same. "I want to be a part of this show for as long as they'll have me," she said.
"It's such an important part of my life, and I love it so much so that is 100 percent the plan. I obviously am going to be very understanding of my body and my baby, and whatever is best for my baby I am going to do, but I have every intention of coming back next season and I really look forward to it." she added.
She also told US Weekly that she'll support her kids should they decide to dance, but there is no pressure from her end. "If my kids want to dance, I will love that with all of my heart!" she explained. "I will be like, 'I got you covered, I know what to do here.' But I just want our kids, and this baby, to find something they love to do and that they are passionate about. That's going to be the driving factor." she added.
Season 30 of 'Dancing With The Stars' premieres on September 20 at 8/7c on ABC. You can also stream the Episodes on abc.com and Hulu.