“Black-ish” star Miles Brown looked like a strong contender to win “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” after the series premiere episode, and week two cemented that. The child celebrities performed songs from the years they were born, and Brown, one of the show’s elder statesmen at the ripe old age of 13, knocked it out of the park with his Argentine tango. Watch it above.
Brown reached way back into music history to perform a song from the bygone era of 2004: “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw. It was a confident routine full of intricate choreography, and judge Mandy Moore felt he “took command of that performance … I loved it!” Adam Rippon praised the impressive tango content and Brown’s partner work with his pro, Rylee Arnold. And Val Chmerkovskiy also raved about his command on the dance floor, especially with a partner who’s taller than he is.
That tango earned Brown 8s across the board from Moore, Chmerkovskiy and Rippon, giving him a total of 24 out of 30. That was an improvement on his first-week performance by two points, and it was the highest-scoring dance of the night, tied with Mackenzie Ziegler and Ariana Greenblatt.
This was the second week that Greenblatt tied for the top score; in week one she also led the leaderboard with a score of 24, along with Mandla Morris. But leading into Sunday night’s second episode Brown was the front-runner for the Mirror Ball Trophy, according to our users who entered their picks in our predictions center. Does this solidify his status as the young man to beat?
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