What We Know So Far About ‘Dancing With the Stars Junior’

by Kristyn Burtt | 2/22/2018 5:01 PM

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Things are moving quickly when it comes to the slate of dance shows headed our way this summer. Last Thursday, I posted one of my #60SecondDanceScoop videos. In this clip, I wasn’t exactly sure when FOX was going to announce Season 15 of So You Think You Can Dance — even though hardcore fans knew audition videos were already being collected — and I said that Dancing With the Stars Junior was coming sooner than we expected.


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The next day, FOX officially announced Season 15 and by Tuesday, auditions were happening for DWTS Jr. Familiar faces from So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation and America’s Got Talent auditioned to become one of the junior pros. With the pace picking up rapidly, here’s what we know so far:


1. Age range: I was told that they are looking for kids aged 9-13. That narrows the age group that auditioned for SYTYCD: The Next Generation, which were ages 8-13. This casting call eliminates some names that come to mind, like Ruby Castro and Jake Monreal, who are now 14 years old — unless casting really wants them and bumps up the age range.


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2. Three dance shows: There are many names we threw around last year as possibilities for junior pros. With three dance shows running and AGT featuring dance talent, I am telling you right now — some of these names are committed to other shows.


While we saw SYTYCD and World of Dance work out Fik-Shun’s contract so he could do both shows, I don’t know how open the networks will be when it comes to the under-18 crew.


3. Host: Tom Bergeron has already confirmed he will not be a part of DWTS Jr. ABC might naturally run to Alfonso Ribeiro to host the show, but I would love to see someone like Bindi Irwin, who can relate to the younger set and who can charm everyone in the studio and the viewers at home.


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4. Pros: Emma Slater and Sasha Farber were at the auditions on Tuesday.  It would be fun to see some DWTS pros as choreographers or mentors to the kids. Last fall, Mandy Moore confirmed to Dance Network that she would be involved in some way as well.


5. Scheduling: Since ABC hasn’t officially announced when the show is coming, it’s natural to assume that DWTS Jr. will find a home on Monday nights. That’s the night audiences are familiar with watching the show, so I would be surprised if they change that.


With so many dance shows coming your way, which one are you most excited about?


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