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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):

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.

 

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.

May 15, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

DWTS Junior Season 1 Pro Auditions Currently Underway!!!

Just when I had convinced myself the DWTSJ had gotten put on the back burner for the foreseeable future, we get our first glimmer of hope that this show is actually going to happen at some point 😎 Sasha’s Instagram story today indicated that he and Emma were on-hand in L.A. for the DWTS Junior pro auditions – producer Adam was also on-hand.  The video is pretty brief, and there are literally TONS of kids crammed into the audition space, so I was having a hard time picking out familiar faces – but apparently Rylee Arnold (Lindsay’s younger sis) is there, and I think I might have seen Manny Castro (Ruby & D’Angelo’s dad, owner of Dancetown studio in Miami)…also wondering if the little boy to Emma’s left at the beginning might be Artyon from this past season of America’s Got Talent…has anyone else clocked any familiar faces? I’ll keep a running list towards the bottom of the post as we get confirmations of who was at auditions…

 

Confirmed as auditioning:

Rylee Arnold (Lindsay’s younger sister, VIBE-er)
Brighton Brems (friend of Rylee’s, also from VIBE)
Artyon Celestine (AGT season 12, IMMABEAST)
Hailey Bills (Jenna’s niece)
J.T. Church (SYTYCD: The Next Generation runner-up)
Bryten Belka (Center Stage Performing Arts)
Kamri Peterson (Center Stage)
Victoria Podakova (one of Karina’s students)
Elijiah Geolina (one of Karina’s students)
Marcelo Fitzgerald (Center Stage, Kamri’s Latin partner)
Anthony Tatoosi
Emily Tatoosi
Ceilidh McSeveny (Center Stage)
Easton Brotherson (another VIBE kid)
Makeila Lawrence
Emily Dobson
Daniel Novikov
Kirill Vassilenko

ETA: Here’s a longer version of Sasha’s instastory ~Heidi

February 20, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 26: DWTS Junior Isn’t Happening, Abbreviated 4-Week Spinoff Instead

Just when I was beginning to get suspicious that we hadn’t heard anything definitive about DWTSJ yet, Tom dropped this tweet:

My thoughts? Given that nobody had heard a peep about DWTSJ since the initial announcement (including most of the crew, whose only indicator that things would be different was a memo sent out at the end of last season stating that they would be needed in the fall of 2017 for season 25, and the fall of 2018 for season 26), I’m guessing they just couldn’t pull together a whole new cast of celebs, pros, hosts, and judges quick enough for the spring season – or, somebody actually raised their hand and said “Guys, this idea’s a bit of a turd.” A 4-week, abbreviated season of DWTS sounds good to me – not sure people will bond with the cast quite as much as they do in a regular 10-week season, but I certainly welcome the break, as spring is when things kick up over at Pure World of Dance.

Part of me also wonders if the budget for American Idol has grown to such gargantuan proportions that they’re having to cut corners elsewhere – hence, a shortened, regular season of DWTS, where they can keep the same pros, hosts, and judges and probably mitigate costs better than undertaking a whole new revamp like DWTSJ.

Update: According to Tom, spring season isn’t regular DWTS – it’s a spinoff of sorts.  All I can think of when I think “DWTS Spin-off” was that gadawful Dance Wars show that Bruno & Carrie Ann put on during the writers’ strike back in 2008…

Thoughts?

November 20, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog