Miles Brown channeled Ryan Gosling on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,’ but Adam Rippon put him at risk [WATCH]

Is Miles Brown losing ground on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”? He has been the season’s most consistent performer, and after six weeks of competition he’s still the highest scoring celeb with an average of 25.5 per dance, which translates to 8.5 per judge. But he got stuck in the 9s while Ariana Greenblatt and Sky Brown leapfrogged him to earn the season’s first 10s. Then on Giving Thanks Night, even though the judges praised his foxtrot, his scores actually ticked down a bit. Can he reclaim his place at the top, or is he at risk of an early exit? Watch his routine above.

There actually wasn’t much of anything wrong with his foxtrot. The height difference between him and his statuesque pro partner Rylee Arnold was a noticeable impediment — he gave a shout-out to all the short kids in the audience — but the judges lauded him for overcoming it. Brown reminded Mandy Moore of Ryan Gosling from a routine she choreographed for the Oscar nominee in “La La Land.” And Val Chmerkovskiy told him it was “one of your best dances you’ve done all season.”

It was Adam Rippon who took Brown down a peg. While he thinks the “Black-ish” star is “killing it” in the competition, this wasn’t Rippon’s favorite routine. Hardly a damning critique, but it was enough. Brown got 9s from Chmerkovskiy and Moore, but an 8 from Rippon, giving him a total of 26 out of 30. That would be a great score for most celebs, but it was Brown’s lowest total in four weeks. And with the competition reaching such a high level on Giving Thanks Night, that one point off from Rippon actually made the difference between second place and fifth place.

There was a three-way tie for second with Ariana Greenblatt, Mandla Morris and Mackenzie Ziegler all scoring 27 (behind Sky Brown with 29). So that 8 from Rippon was what placed Brown second to last. The only celeb below him was Akash Vukoti, who was eliminated despite his popularity with the studio audience in past weeks, so it’s possible Brown just barely dodged that bullet. Can he bounce back next week, or did he peak too soon in the competition? Vote below to let us know if you thought he really had the best dance on Sunday night.

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