Competitive skateboarder Sky Brown has risen to the top of our “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” predictions in recent weeks. She has been consistently well scored by the judges, and she has a bright, charismatic personality that endears her to the audience. But on Juniors Choice Night, when the young celebs picked their own music and dance concepts, Brown fell to her lowest position on the leaderboard yet. Could she even be at risk of — gasp — elimination next week? Watch her performance above.
Brown chose to dance to “The Greatest” by Sia since it’s her “pump-up” song when skateboarding. That undoubtedly gave her a boost when performing, but she may have been at an immediate disadvantage due to her dance style: a samba, which is notorious for tripping up contestants on the dance floor. Indeed, I thought her routine got off to a slow start, but then it kicked into high gear at midpoint and was back at her usually high standard.
Judge Adam Rippon echoed Mandy Moore‘s recent comment that Brown’s feet sometimes look like “biscuits” when she doesn’t point them properly, but he still thought Brown was “kicking biscuits and taking names.” Val Chmerkovskiy applauded her for tackling such difficult samba content. And Moore thought she did an “excellent job” with her challenging choreography.
I wasn’t surprised by the 8s Brown got from Moore and Chmerkovskiy, but then Rippon pulled out his 7 paddle, which was a genuine surprise on a night when Rippon’s scores were unusually low for one or two other performers as well. I thought that was too low for Brown’s strong routine — mind your own biscuits, Adam! — and it left her with a total score of 23 out of 30. That was her lowest score since week two, and it was the lowest she has ever been on the leaderboard (sixth place out of seven dancers).
Thankfully for Brown she survived the elimination at the end of the night. Jason Maybaum was sent home instead even though he actually scored two points higher than Brown did, which demonstrates that Brown has strong support from the studio audience. The slate is wiped clean next week, so hopefully she’ll be able to draw higher numbers from the judges to keep her out of harm’s way. Who did you think gave the best performance on Judges Choice Night? Vote in our poll below.
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