“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” split up its final four celebs into dance duos during the Semi-Finals, and it turned out to be a battle of young versus old — or rather, young versus slightly less young. Mackenzie Ziegler (age 14) and Miles Brown (age 13) were first up, and then Sky Brown and Ariana Greenblatt (both 10) set out to prove that youth isn’t wasted on the young. How did they do? Watch their routine above and decide for yourself.
In terms of personalities, you couldn’t have asked for a more compatible fit than the lively and outgoing Brown and Greenblatt, not to mention their giddily expressive partners JT Church and Artyon Celestine, plus their lovable goofball mentors Alan Bersten and Brandon Armstrong. They worked so well as a unit that they even gave themselves a team name and a catchphrase: “Team Small’s got it all!”
But the two dance styles they had to fuse together weren’t as natural a fit: jive and foxtrot, whose vastly different speeds and moods somehow had to be brought together in one number set to one piece of music (“369” by Rhett George). The kids did their darnedest, and I thought their jives were excellent, but switching to a foxtrot with the uptempo “369” playing was a bit awkward.
So it wasn’t a big surprise when judge Mandy Moore called them out on a few timing problems despite all the “wow moments” in the routine. But Val Chmerkovskiy loved it, telling the celebs, “The two of you are a hit show in the making … The level of difficulty was out of this world.” And Adam Rippon said, “You guys show what girl power is all about.” They got a 10 from Chmerkovskiy, but 9s from Moore and Rippon, giving them a total of 28 out of 30. The rival team of Miles Brown and Ziegler ended up with a perfect 30 out of 30, and on an evenly matched night that left Sky Brown and Greenblatt at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Luckily for them, no one was eliminated on Sunday night, which means all four semifinalists are now officially finalists. Do you think a member of Team Small will win it all?
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