Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, hosted by Frankie Muniz and Jordan Fisher, made its grand debut last night. The new series is spun off from the grown-up Dancing with the Stars, which has been on the air since 2005 and whose 27th season is currently underway.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the old show and the new is that Juniors has been taped in advance instead of airing live like the original series. That means fan votes won’t come into play for Juniors the way they do on the main series.
The Juniors judging panel features a trio of DWTS vets: Emmy winning choreographer Mandy Moore, Mirror Ball winning pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy and DWTS: Athletes winner Adam Rippon. They’re passing judgment on a roster of a dozen celeb youngsters: actors Miles Brown (black-ish), Ariana Greenblatt (Avengers: Infinity War), Jason Maybaum (Disney Channel) and Hudson West (General Hospital); reality stars Alana Thompson (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) and Addison Osta Smith (MasterChef Junior); celebrity scions Tripp Johnston (Sarah Palin’s grandson), Sophie Pippen (Scottie Pippen’s daughter) and Mandla Morris (Stevie Wonder’s son); skateboarder Sky Brown; spelling be champ Akash Vukoti; and singer Mackenzie Ziegler.
After a night of epic performances, Tripp Johnston – along with partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson – and MasterChef Junior champ Addison Osta Smith – along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe – were eliminated last night, earning the lowest total judges scores and audience votes.AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIORS ADAM RIPPON ON ADDISON OSTA SMITHS CHA CHA PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIORS ADDISON OSTA SMITH AND TRIPP PALIN ARE ELIMINATED
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIORS MANDY MOORE ON ALANA HONEY BOO BOO THOMPSONS SALSA PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIORS THE JUDGES ON TRIPP PALINS FOXTROT PERFORMANCE