Attention, cool cats! Carole Baskin will “risin’ up” on the first episode of this season’s Dancing With the Stars.
The Tiger King star and a Big Cat Rescue founder, 59, spilled the tea on her debut dance. “I will be dancing to ‘Eye of the Tiger,'” she revealed on Wednesday. “It’s the paso doble. For costumes, I gave instructions for no fur, no feathers — but just have a blast.”
On the upcoming season, the Netflix sensation will join Bachelor Nation's Kaitlyn Bristowe, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause and The Real's Jeannie Mai, among others — but she almost missed out on participating.
The Tiger King star revealed that she’s been declining media opportunities after the premiere of the Netflix docu-series. However, her daughter convinced her to rethink taking part in the ABC competition show.
“Mom, you will have to do this,” she recalled her daughter telling her, adding that she reconnected with the network for more information. “After finding out how it worked, I was more mortified, although my main aim was to do it for my daughter.”
Despite her dancing abilities, Baskin hopes to put the cats in the spotlight. “I do hope to be delivering the message in front of people that the cats never belong to cages,” she said, “and we have to work hard to save them before they completely disappear.”
As for her dancing inspo? “Leopards do give me the most inspiration since they are capable of doing everything by using the least amount of energy necessary to help them achieve their goals,” she said. “I do think the way a leopard moves is something I want to bring on the dance floor.”
Carole will hit the stage on Monday, Sept. 14.