Olivia Newton-John to join 'Dancing with the Stars' for a 'Grease'-themed extravaganza

Olivia Newton-John attends 2018 G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
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ABC’s longtime hit, “Dancing with the Stars,” is having a “Grease”-themed tribute night, so of course they had to get original Grease-er Olivia Newton-John back on the show!

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Considering “Grease” is just about the most famous musical ever, it’s of obvious appeal to "DWTS" and the show's fans. The eleven celebrity and pro-dancer couples will attempt The Twist and other vintage moves throughout routines inspired by 1978 musical film.

A rep for the show confirmed to E! News that, "Olivia Newton-John will be making a surprise guest appearance on Monday's show, in support of the competing couples who will dance to the music from her iconic film role.”

That kind of makes it not a surprise anymore, but who’s quibbling.

The star previously guest-judged an episode in 2015, sitting on the panel next to longtime cast member Julianne Hough, who would go on to play Sandy in “Grease: Live” the following year.

ABC had already announced last week that the Grease Night episode will feature fellow movie alum and crooner Frankie Avalon, 81, and a guest appearance by co-star Didi Conn, 70, who played Frenchie in the film.

It’s been four years since Newton-John started battling cancer. She has continued to pop up in the public eye sometimes, as in 2018 when she joined “Grease” co-star John Travolta, the film’s director, Randal Kleiser, and other co-stars for a 40th anniversary screening of the film in Beverly Hills.

And the movie couple reunited again in 2019 at a singalong event in Florida, where, for the first time since the movie was made, the two wore their characters' costumes.

Nevertheless, it’ll be a rare treat to see the star amid the kind of song and dance glory that made her a star playing Sandy Olsson in the 1978 hit movie adaptation.

Last February, Newton-John gave an update about her condition to Australia’s “The Morning Show. "I'm just very, very happy that I'm here and doing well,” said the actress, “and focused on the [Olivia Newton-John] Foundation Fund.” That is her charity that helps fund research on plant-based and other natural treatments for cancer.

She seems to be doing extra-well lately. In addition to the "DWTS" appearance, she recently revisited her musical passions again when she and her 35-year-old daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, released their first joint single, "Window in the Wall,” back in January.

Of course we all wish more good times and good health for one of movie fandom’s favorite teenagers ever.

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