Things were looking up for Jason Maybaum on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.” After a slow start at the beginning of the season the Disney Channel star got better and better, increasing his judges’ scores every single week until Juniors Choice Night when he picked the music and concept for his jazz routine and got his highest score of the season … and was eliminated soon thereafter. How did that happen? And do you think he deserved his ouster? Watch his last dance above and scroll down to vote in our polls at the bottom of this post.
Maybaum scored a lowly 18 out of 30 on premiere night, then 21 on Song from the Year I Was Born Night, then 22 on Disney Night and all the way up to 25 on Halloween Night. Now taking on a hip-hop-infused jazz number to the rap classic “It’s Tricky” by Run-DMC, he delivered a performance whose “swag was at a hundred thousand trillion,” according to judge Val Chmerkovskiy. Adam Rippon thought Maybaum “rocked the house.” And Mandy Moore thought he had the stage presence of someone who was six-foot-five.
Maybaum received 8s from Moore and Rippon and a 9 from Chmerkovskiy. I think the judges got a little carried away with those high numbers, but that nevertheless matched his all-time best score of 25 out of 30 and placed him fourth on the leaderboard, tied with Mandla Morris and ahead of Sky Brown (23 out of 30) and Akash Vukoti (20 out of 30). Despite having a five-point buffer over last-place Vukoti, Maybaum was still eliminated after judges’ scores were combined with studio audience votes.
So what gives? Maybaum performed third, so he might have gotten lost in the shuffle while the audience lent their support to dancers who took the stage after him. And maybe his fans in the crowd got complacent, thinking he was safe after those impressive scores. Do you think he got a fair shake? Vote below.
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