Ariana Madix praises her own ‘incredible’ girl squad during ‘DWTS’ Taylor Swift Night: ‘What keeps me going’

Taylor Swift may have famously started the OG girls squad years ago, but Ariana Madix and her “Vanderpump Rules” co-stars are giving her a run for the money.

The Bravolebrity gave a special shout-out to the gals who have supported her through thick and thin this year while speaking to Page Six in the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom Tuesday night.

“It’s amazing. I am surrounded by the most incredible women,” Madix, 38, said of the support she’s received from pals like Katie Maloney, Lala Kent and Kristen Doute, who was in the audience for “Taylor Swift Night.”

“I think that the more I learn and grow as a woman, and the older I get, the more I realize just how important those female friendships are,” she added, “like from now until the day we die.”

Madix called her close friends her “everything,” and told us she appreciates everyone who has come to see her perform live over the past several weeks.

“They’re what keeps me going, they’re what encourages me,” she gushed. “They’re here cheering me on, and I’m just so lucky to have them.”

Ariana Madix praised her own “incredible” girl squad while speaking to Page Six after Tuesday’s “Taylor Swift Night” on “Dancing With the Stars.”
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“They’re what keeps me going, they’re what encourages me … I’m just so lucky to have them here,” she gushed.
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Madix – who joined Season 32 following the highly publicized Scandoval drama – also shared who from the “Vanderpump Rules” cast she’d like to see put their dancing shoes on next.

“I feel like Scheana [Shay] would be great, and you know who else would be really great is James [Kennedy],” she raved. “He’d be fun to watch.”

During Week Nine of the competition Tuesday night, Madix and her pro partner, Pasha Pashkov, performed a rumba to “Cruel Summer” followed by a Viennese waltz to “Lover” during the relay challenge.

Kristen Doute was the latest of Madix’s friends to cheer her on in the ballroom.
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The “Single AF Cocktails” author said she’d love to Scheana Shay do the show next.
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After the show, Swift’s Eras Tour choreographer – guest judge Mandy Moore – exclusively spoke to Page Six, revealing which performances she thinks Swift would have liked best.


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“I think she would have loved the rumba, Ariana and Pasha’s. It was really well choreographed,” she explained. “And, you know, she’s an artist. She appreciates when something is well executed. It will be interesting to see! I’ll have to talk to her when I see her [next].”

Guest judge Mandy Moore, who choreographed Swift’s Eras Tour, told Page Six the singer would have loved Madix and Pasha Pashkov’s rumba.
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Page Six broke the exciting news to Madix and Pashkov, who both appeared visibly shocked.

Madix gasped, asking, “Are you serious?” while Pashkov said the remark was more than a “compliment and-a-half.”

“I’m gonna need like three to five business days to process that information,” Madix continued. “I am mind blown. I’ve been such a fan. Thank you, Mandy. Wow.”

“My mind is blown, that’s freaking crazy,” Madix said in response to the feedback.
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Madix and Pashkov ultimately survived “Taylor Swift Night” and are headed into next week’s Semi-Finals.

The Something About Her co-founder – who’s still dealing with a back injury – will compete against Jason Mraz, Alyson Hannigan, Charity Lawson and Xochitl Gomez for a place in the Finals.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and Disney+, with new episodes streaming on Hulu the following day.

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