“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” kicks off its run on ABC on Sunday, October 7 with a two-hour premiere beginning at 8 p.m. in the east and west and 7 p.m. in the central and mountain time zones. This special version of “DWTS” will run for a full 10 weeks just like the main show. However, the rest of the episodes will only be an hour long and all of them will be pre-taped.
Among those talented tykes taking to the dance floor are “black-ish” scene stealer Miles Brown; reality TV star Honey Boo Boo (her real name is Alana Thompson); and Ariana Greenblatt of the Disney TV hit “Stuck In The Middle.”
These pint-sized celebrities are paired with professional dancers who are around their age as well. Among these are relatives of some of the “DWTS” pros who will be acting as mentors on this version, including Lindsay Arnold (her younger sister Rylee isa pro) and Jenna Johnson (her niece, Hailey Bills, is taking part). Also set to bust some moves is “America’s Got Talent” breakout sensation Ayrton Celestine. See the full list of contestants, pros and mentors below.
The three judges are all connected with the main show: pro Val Chmerkovskiy, who partnered two stars to victory (Rumer Willis in season 20 and Hernandez); choreographer Mandy Moore, who finally won an Emmy last year for two “DWTS” routines after losing five times for “So You Think You Can Dance“; and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who won the abbreviated “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” edition earlier this year.
Miles Brown (“Black-ish” star) — with pro partner Rylee Arnold and mentor Lindsay Arnold
Sky Brown (skateboarding prodigy) — with pro partner JT Church and mentor Alan Bersten
Ariana Greenblatt (Young Gamora in “Avengers: Infinity War”) — with pro partner Artyon Celestine and mentor Brandon Armstrong
Tripp Johnston (Sarah Palin’s grandson) — with pro partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson
Jason Maybaum (Disney Channel actor) — with pro partner Elliana Walmsley and mentor Emma Slater
Mandla Morris (Stevie Wonder’s son) — with pro partner Brightyn Brems and mentor Cheryl Burke
Sophia Pippen (Scottie Pippen’s daughter) — with pro partner Jake Monreal and mentor Sasha Farber
Addison Osta Smith (“MasterChef Junior” winner) — with pro partner Lev Cameron and mentor Keo Motsepe
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (reality TV star) — with pro partner Tristan Ianiero and mentor Artem Chigvintsev
Akash Vukoti (spelling bee champ) — with pro partner Kamri Peterson and mentor Witney Carson
Hudson West (Emmy-nominated “General Hospital” actor) — with pro partner Kameron Couch and mentor Hayley Erbert
Mackenzie Ziegler (singer and younger sister of dancer Maddie Ziegler) — with pro partner Sage Rosen and mentor Gleb Savchenko