PureDWTS Junior, Season 1 – What We Know So Far, A Few Updates

Well shucks – I tweet about not hearing anything about DWTSJ, and suddenly they start confirming stuff the next day. As luck would have it, I actually did get to talk to Deep Throat a bit last night and this morning, and did manage to dig up a few more of the particulars. I will maintain this post with any other facts that come to light between now and the unofficial “preseason” (the pro and cast announcements, etc), so save it to your bookmarks 😉

Confirmed facts (either by media or our own sources – newest updates in red):

1.) It’s airing on Sundays from 8-9 PM. Confirmed on Twitter by Kristyn, as it’s listed in the ABC schedule; I generally think this is a good time slot, as the show won’t be in direct competition with AGT, SYTYCD, or WOD (which was my concern when I had initially heard it was to be a summer series). It might run into some competition once some of the regular season Sunday night heavy-hitters (The Walking Dead comes to mind) start back up, but for the most part, I don’t think it’s a doomed time slot.

2.) It will tape from July-August.

Given that they’re going to be dealing with a cast that’s under the age of 18, this will probably help get around some of the child labor laws, as well as keep production costs down.

3.) There will be 10 episodes total – some will be live, some will likely be ALL pre-taped.

See above about taping schedule.  My guess is that the finale will likely be live, but everything else will be pre-taped. Entire show will be pre-taped, per source.  Good luck keeping those leaks plugged, ABC 😉

4.) There will be 8-10 couples.

Which makes sense, if the show is to be 10 episodes long.  I think any more than 10 couples would be overkill, for a preliminary season of a new format.

5.) Age cutoff is (roughly) 13.

Source said most of the pros that tried out were 13 and under – a scant few 14 y/o’s did get to audition, but no clue whether they were actually cast or not.

6.) Some of the regular DWTS pros will be serving as mentors.

We had already kinda guessed this, since Sasha & Emma were at the pro auditions, but nice to have confirmation. No idea which pros will for sure be mentoring, but I would venture a guess that Sasha & Emma are indeed involved in some capacity.

7.) Pros have been cast, but they’re still working on the celebs.

And they’ve got time, given that the show isn’t taping until July.  Makes me wonder how they’re going to keep the cast from leaking like a sieve…or maybe that’s their intention…?

8.) Tom is NOT hosting.

Already confirmed awhile back, but just reiterating for the sake of being thorough.

9.) It will not affect the fall season of DWTS in any way.

The fall season will be full-length, airing on Mondays, business as usual.  DWTSJ will be pre-taped, so any pros doing mentoring will not have any overlap with their regular pro duties. I’m guessing DWTSJ is going to air semi-concurrently with the fall season, with DWTSJ on Sunday nights and DWTS on Mondays.

10.) There will be all-new judges as well.

And they’re going to skew much younger than the judging panel on DWTS.

11.) At least one MBT-holder is going to be serving as a judge or host.

This DWTS champion has some dance credibility, and is articulate…so I’m happy with the casting 🙂


Speculation/guesses/stuff we can’t reveal yet:

We’ve been told a few of the pros names. We will reveal when we can, but if you go have a look at the post we did on the DWTSJ pro auditions, you can probably guess at least one of them – hint: I got at least one of the pros on my wish list 😉

Bindi’s brother, Robert Irwin, may be one of the celebs. His was a name a lot of the fans started tossing around when DWTSJ first got announced, and he has been spotted in the audience this season. I would not be mad if he was cast 🙂

Is Bindi possibly hosting…? This might be more within the realm of “wishful thinking”, but she did hop in and give Tom a quick assist last week, and is articulate and friendly enough that I think she’d handle talking to the kids beautifully.

The only child celeb that has publicly expressed interest is Alabama Barker. Read the original post here.