Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson will be among the participants in the new season of Dancing With The Stars, which starts on 16 September on ABC. The singer was named among the cast during Good Morning America yesterday (21).
“Secret’s out!! I’m SO excited to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars,” she tweeted, later adding: “Oh it’s gonna be a SUPREMEly good time!” Among Wilson’s fellow contestants in the 28th season of the hit show are supermodel Christie Brinkley, Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek, Fifth Harmony member and solo singer Ally Brooke and, controversially, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer,
Wilson has had a hectic few days in London, promoting her new book Supreme Glamour, which celebrates the peerless fashions of the Supremes. The volume was published in the UK by Thames & Hudson on 15 August, ahead of its US release on 17 September. The singer made appearances on, among others, BBC1’s The One Show, BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show, at Fopp Records and in a live Facebook session today.
On Tuesday evening (20), Wilson took part in a Q&A at London’s V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum. She discussed the book, and the Supremes’ vivid history, with journalist, author and Motown authority Adam White, who wrote Motown: The Sound of Young America, published by Thames & Hudson in 2016. Wilson previously travelled with many of the gowns in her collection for an exhibition at the V&A.
During the conversation, which also included questions from the sellout audience, she reminisced about how some of the gowns disappeared after they were worn by the trio, and how one was located by a fan at a garage sale in France, and returned to her. Wilson also talked about the Supremes’ many visits to the UK, including the Rolls-Royce she bought and how she always wanted to own a black London taxi.
Along with many of her fellow Motown stars, Wilson appears in the new documentary Hitsville: The Making of Motown. The film has a once-only showing at the Emagine Royal Oak in Detroit on 23 August, presented by the Motown Museum, Motown Records and Showtime, ahead of its US TV premiere on Showtime on Saturday (24). The film’s official world premiere will follow on 30 September, screened to cinemas “as live.”