The “Dancing with the Stars” cast for season 25 hasn’t even been announced yet (though the pros will be unveiled on August 24), but is it too soon to look ahead to the recently announced “Dancing with the Stars Junior,” which takes the “DWTS” format and applies it to child celebs and professionals. It doesn’t start until spring 2018, but after “World of Dance” aired this summer on NBC, we’re thinking 14-year-old breakout star Eva Igo would be a great choice to join the inaugural “Junior” season as one of the pros.
Igo broke out of her shell during “World of Dance” and won that show’s Junior Division against a field of gifted competitors. Our readers thought she should have won the whole season, but she was defeated by the French duo Les Twins from the Upper Division. But she more than proved her mettle as a dancer, so who better to guide the next generation of celebs on the dance floor. For that matter, she’s a star in her own right, so she could even compete as one of the celebs — though the fans we polled recently hate it when “DWTS” is dominated by experienced dancers instead of amateurs learning to dance for the first time as is the spirit of the show.
In fact, you could probably choose every professional dancer for “DWTS Junior” by recruiting competitors from the “World of Dance” Junior Division, including Igo’s 11-year-old rival Diana Pombo. There’s plenty of time, of course, for producers to consider the possibilities, but “DWTS” is known for acting fast to keep up with the headlines (consider past news-makers Alek Skarlatos and Ryan Lochte, who were snapped up within a couple of weeks of landing on the front pages), so they should strike while the iron is hot because we suspect Igo will be in high demand.