Fil-Am RoShon Fegan joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Filipino-American musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor Roshon Fegan has joined the cast for the 14th season of the popular ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.” The announcement was made live last week on “Good Morning America.”
The 20-year-old Disney star is the youngest among this season’s batch of star dancers.
He will be competing for the mirrored ball trophy against others like tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NFL wide receiver Donald Driver, former young actor Jaleel White, Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert and country singer Gavin DeGraw. Roshon will be dancing with Chelsie Hightower.
On Wednesday, March 8, he tweeted from rehearsal, “Just got out of a bomb rehearsal for #DWTS with @chelsiehightowr. Can’t wait to get this thing tight. Yerp.”
“I am very excited to be a part of this season. I have my work cut out for me,” Roshon told the Asian Journal in an exclusive interview the same afternoon that the new cast was announced. He said he is looking forward to learning all the dances – from foxtrot to cha-cha, from rhumba to tango.
Roshon admitted that he is a big fan of the show, and that he really wanted to be a part of it.
“I know I am prepared for the challenge. I am walking into a whole new realm. My partner is very nice. It should be fun,” he added.
He also admitted to being quite star-struck when he met his competition, among them, one of his life-long idols Gladys Knight.
“She is amazing. Being just around her gives me goosebumps. She is an inspiration to a lot of us,” he said. “My dad introduced me to her, she is a great woman, a living legend at that and I just admire her so much.”
Born in Los Angeles to Roy Fegan and his Filipina wife Cion, Roshon has been in the business for as long as he can remember. He believes his stint in a host of Disney TV shows have prepared him for the bigger world that he is about to explore and conquer now.
Asked to give his message to his fans, not only in the U.S. but also in the Philippines, Roshon said, “Thanks for all the love. I can’t wait to visit the Philippines because it is a big part of me and my heritage. I have a lot of family there.” He said he loves hanging out with his maternal grandmother, aka Lola, who is also based in Los Angeles.
Because of his Disney connection and his age, Roshon is hoping that his young fans will continue to support him like they have been supporting him in his career before.
“I do hope that the younger viewers do tune in and it would be nice to learn that they are tuning in because of me,” he added.
Roshon has been performing his new track “Top of the World” off of his recently released EP “I AM RO·SHON” in various shows in Los Angeles. The EP contains two new tracks written and produced by Roshon: “Got Me Like” and “Top of the World,” that fuses a unique universal sound of Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Funk and Electronic Dance music all into one.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roshon discovered at the young age of four that he had an undying passion for entertaining people. Most widely recognized for his roles on the Disney Channel, this musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor currently stars on the Disney Channel original series “Shake It Up!” as Ty Blue.
Prior to this role, he gained popular notoriety as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock.” He also performed songs on the “Camp Rock” soundtrack as well as the DVD bonus track “Camp Rock.” And then in the summer of 2010, he reprised his role as Sander in the sequel “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
It was during his stint with Camp Rock that he became friends with fellow Filipino-American Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, who is now making waves on Broadway, with her star-making role on Godspell.
“I can’t wait to visit her in New York and watch her on Godspell, I heard she’s doing really great,” Roshon said. “if for anything, we all know that Filipinos love to sing and perform in theater. Now, we are also showing people that we know how to dance.”
This 20-year-old triple threat and entrepreneur aims to evolve music with his imagination and vision that takes you into his world of lyrical and melodic adventures with every song. He writes and produces all of his own music under his independently owned record label, 3inaRo Entertainment, where he serves as CEO.
The label name “3inaRo” (pronounced “three-in-a-row”) is a reference to Roshon being a triple threat entertainer in his three passions: acting, dancing and music. For more information, exclusive updates and more visit www.roshonmusic.com; or follow him on Twitter @roshon.
The stars, the drama, the glamor and the glitter are indeed back on ABC! “Dancing with the Stars” returns for Season 14 on Monday, March 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a sensational two-hour season premiere, then on Tuesday, March 27, with the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
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