Dancing With The Stars 2019: Courtney Act To Dance For The First Time As Shane Jenek
"No wig, no makeup... a la natural. Shane."
The competition is heating up and as we head into semi-finals, dancing drag queen Courtney Act has a surprise stashed up her sequinned sleeve.
This week, and for the first time in the competition, Courtney will be stepping out of her drag persona and performing alongside professional dance partner Joshua Keefe as her real-life self -- Shane Jenek.
The pair will perform two dances this week and in one Josh will be taking to the floor with Shane on his arm.
"To add to the fear of the night I'm going to be doing it all as a boy," Shane revealed while surprising Josh with a pair of shiny dancing shoes very different from the usual heels Courtney has been performing in.
With just one week to go before the grand finale, Shane will do anything to compete in the final show and has the backing of two very important cheerleaders: his mum and dad.
Calling them his biggest supporters in life and in Dancing with the Stars, Shane's mum told the series, "We're really lucky parents".
"Everything about him is wonderful, he's just an all-around great kid," she said
"He's really good value, you get a son and a daughter for the price of one, how good is that?" Shane's dad joked before mum jumped in, laughing and begging the show: "Please take that out!"
Shane has been performing as Courtney Act since he was 18-years-old and has always had the support of his parents.
"To have parents who have a son who does drag, who's queer and for them to give me the opportunity to make them proud is a wonderful gift," he said.
Courtney's time on Dancing with the Stars has proven that she is nearly unstoppable when it comes to climbing the leaderboard. Both she and Josh have been top-scorers week after week and they hope to continue that trend until the finish.
The pair scored the first 10 of the season a few weeks ago and repeated that success just last week with their trio dance
This won't be the first time Shane appears on the dance floor, in the Most Memorable Year week Courtney picked 2014, a year where she struggled to come to terms with her own gender identity.
The dance -- which Courtney explained was usually a battle between two men over a woman -- depicted Courtney struggling to come to terms with what it meant to be "masculine" and "feminine" when she felt the most herself somewhere between the two.
"It always felt like a battle because I wanted to be Barbie and I wanted to be Ken all at the same time," she said, "I realised I don't have to choose... that I can just be me."
Courtney has been competing for Black Rainbow, Australia's only organisation for suicide prevention and support for LGBTQ+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.