“SECRET'S OUT ???????????? my beautiful, talented, kind, and perfect baby sis @ryleearnold1 is a pro this season on @dancingwiththestars ????,” she shared. “To say I am proud is truly an understatement. This girl is the hardest worker, beyond talented, humble, and so kind and she is going to absolutely kill it this season!”
“These pics are from the day Rylee moved down to LA and we were all there to say goodbye,” she wrote alongside several photos of the Arnold sisters and Lindsay’s daughters June, 4 months, and Sage, 2½.
Lindsay called Rylee, 18, joining the cast “a full circle moment,” adding, “I distinctly remember when I did this same thing at 19 years old and had no idea how much my life was about to be blessed and changed by doing DWTS and I'm so so excited to watch my sister shine and have her moment now!”
She concluded her message by encouraging her followers to support Rylee — who is partnered with Too Hot to Handle star Harry Jowsey — sharing, “If you aren't already go give her a follow and get ready to vote every week for her and @harryjowsey ????????#dwts #dwtspro #dancingqueen”
Rylee — who competed on DWTS: Juniors when she was 13 in 2018 — shared in an interview with Good Morning America ahead of the cast reveal that she had “dreamt about this moment for my entire life.”
Rylee knew from a young age that she wanted to follow up her sisters’ footsteps, recalling, "I just remember when I was like 8 or 9, after a show one time, I was trying to choreograph a dance for Lindsay because I just literally wanted to be on the show so bad."
The recent high school graduate also revealed the advice she received from Lindsay ahead of taking part in the ABC dance competition.
"Every day she just talked to me about things you might face and things you might do, but one of her biggest things was always be yourself," she shared. "Because people want you to be yourself and it's OK to be yourself. You don't want to have to be somebody else."
News of Rylee joining DWTS comes after Lindsay announced she would be stepping back from the show to focus on her family last month.
“I don’t want to separate our family,” she explained in a TikTok last month. “I don’t want to put my kids through that right now. I feel like this time of their life is so precious and is moving so fast and I want to cherish every single moment. I don’t want to miss a beat.”
At the time, she teased that may have “some fun connections to this season” despite not participating.
Rylee and Harry will be competing against Mauricio Umansky and Emma Slater, Jason Mraz and Daniella Karagach, Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber, Mira Sorvino and Gleb Savchenko, Adrian Peterson and Britt Stewart, Barry Williams and Peta Murgatroyd, Tyson Beckford and Jenna Johnson, Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy, Lele Pons and Brandon Armstrong, and Matt Walsh and Koko Iwasaki to take home the mirrorball trophy.