“Avengers: Infinity War” actress Ariana Greenblatt has been a judges’ favorite all season on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” which is why it was so surprising that her scores were so low on Halloween Night. But both “DWTS” shows like to generate drama and set up comeback narratives, so it wasn’t a big surprise that Greenblatt got to close the show on Juniors Choice Night, giving her the opportunity to get revenge with the highest-scoring routine of the night. Watch it above.
I think Greenblatt was a lot better on Halloween Night than the judges gave her credit for with their harsh critiques and scores (22 out of 30, her lowest to date). They even made her cry with those marks — see what you did, judges! But Greenblatt was determined to make a comeback with a routine that, since it was Juniors Choice, would be on her own terms.
She had her work cut out for her. She was the third contestant of the night to perform a jazz number, and the two that came before from Miles Brown and Jason Maybaum got pretty high scores. But Greenblatt’s surprisingly acrobatic routine — check out those cartwheels and lifts! — was a showstopper. Mandy Moore thought it was “awesome.” Adam Rippon felt she showed the resilience of a “champion.” And Val Chmerkovskiy praised her “charisma, swagger and presence.”
Not only did Greenblatt improve on her previous scores, she got the highest marks of the season so far for any contestant. She received 9s from Moore and Chmerkovskiy and the season’s first 10 from Rippon, giving her a total of 28 out of 30. Vote in our poll below to let us know if you agree that it was the best performance of the night.
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