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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 – 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.


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

PureDWTS Season 26 – Who Would You Like to See on DWTS Junior? Court Picks Pros & Celebs

So we’re still over 6 months away from the premiere of Dancing with the Stars Junior next spring, but given that any show with minors seems to take quite a bit more planning, I’m guessing the casting directors are already wheeling & dealing on who they want on the show – after all, they’re not just casting potential celebs, but pros too…and apparently a host, as well, as Tom has said he will not be hosting the spinoff. Alfonso, you still lurking around set? 😉 We need a host, bruh. My gut’s still telling me that Maks will somehow land on the judging panel, and I guess I can only hope that being a father himself with have softened him a bit…I don’t think I could bear a whole season of him being as big a jerk as he was guest judging switch week on DWTS.  And to kids, no less 😯

I had mixed feelings upon hearing about the spinoff – and if I’m being honest, my feelings are still pretty mixed – but at the very least, I think having a brand new set of pros, judges, and celebs (and perhaps a bit of a new format, to accommodate the unique nature of casting kids) might give me a bit of a reprieve from the manipulative grind of the regular DWTS. And the fact that all of the pros are gonna be brand new? Makes it hard for producers to play favorites 🙂 But I do worry about seeing young kids face rejection on national television, especially after seeing young kids cut on World of Dance this summer…I just hope the producers know they have to handle them far more gently than they do the adults on DWTS.

So all that being said – who do I want to see as pros and celebs on the show? Well, given that they haven’t really specified what the age range will be, I am gonna guess that anyone under the age of 18 is probably going to be eligible to be a pro or a celeb partner – similar to the competitive ballroom world, where 18 is more or less the cutoff for dancing in the youth division, and then they make you just start doing adult amateur events. Yes, I’m aware that Willow Shields was only 14 when she did the regular version of the show – but if we cut it off at 14, we actually lose some potentially good pro and celeb choices, and I don’t think the show is going to be able to afford to be THAT picky.  So 18’s my cut-off, and all of my picks won’t turn 18 during the airing of the show, either.  I was also realistic – I doubt we’re gonna see the children/siblings of any huge, A-list celebs on DWTSJ.  So yeah – no Jolie-Pitts and the like on this list.  I listed celebrity children that I think the show actually stands a chance of possibly getting.

I find myself caring more about the pros than the celebrity contestants (although there’s two celebs that I’ve already picked out pro partners for… 😉 ), but I had a good time compiling this list nonetheless.  Let me know what you think 😉 Read more..

July 19, 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