So exciting! The first-ever Dancing With the Stars: Juniors will air on ABC on Sunday, Oct. 7. The new show will feature celebrity kids paired with younger professional dancers, and while we don’t yet know the cast, we do know the judges for the series! On Monday, July 30, Good Morning America welcomed the three of them — Adam Rippon, Val Chermkovskiy, and Mandy Moore. Learn all about them below!
"I was thrown to the fire, lived with the wolves, and that's what I'm going to do with these kids…"@Adaripp shares his judging strategy for the upcoming @DancingABC Juniors! #DWTSJuniors #DWTS pic.twitter.com/xxtCQlGAGM
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 30, 2018
Adam, 28, is an Olympic figure skater. And while he’s most known for his success on the ice, he’s also the reigning DWTS champ! That’s right, he won the Mirror Ball Trophy during the all-athletes season of the show in May. Funny enough, he was paired with Val’s fianceé, Jenna Johnson, when he took home the title!
During his appearance on GMA, he revealed what type of judge he’s going to be to the contestants. “You know what? As a child, it’s crazy that I was embarrassed at anything,” he said. “But I was! It’s shocking.” He added, “I was thrown into the fire [and] lived with the wolves. And that’s what I’m going to do with these kids.”
You likely know Val, 32, from being a professional dancer on DWTS. In the past, he’s won two Mirror Ball Trophies: one on Season 20 with Rumer Willis and one on Season 23 with Laurie Hernandez. He’s also been paired with well-known celebs including Sherri Shepherd, Kelly Monaco, Ginger Zee, and more!
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YOUR JUDGES* OF DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS 🙌🏼🌟🏆 @DWTSJuniors *(the middle 3) . Very excited to be part of this awesome new dance show on @abcnetwork It’s going to be the BIGGEST show of Lil’ Superstars on television and I’m proud to help guide and celebrate the future of not just dance but the future influencers and leaders of our world. . Premiers this fall on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th!!! . #DWTSJuniors #dance #dwts #lilstars #bighearts #nextgeneration . . Styled by @mikeystyles & @rhondaspiesstylist 👕@allsaints 👖 @ragandbone 👞 @ysl
He shared his excitement for DWTS: Juniors on social media. “So grateful and proud to be working alongside these incredible artists, creators, motivators, educators, and now judges on Dancing With The Stars: JUNIORS!!!” he wrote.
Mandy — and not the Mandy Moore we all know and love from This Is Us — was a choreographer for the Oscar-winning musical La La Land. In addition to that, she’s choreographed a plethora of dancing for DWTS as well for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
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Uhh…this happened today…it’s official! I am so excited to be a judge alongside @iamvalc and @adaripp on the very first season of DWTS Jrs! Thanks for having us @goodmorningamerica Styled by @mikeystyles & @rhondaspiesstylist Dress @elizajdresses Shoes @charlesdavidshoes courtesy of @ashleymichaelsonpr Rings @madewell Earrings @lbg_pr
Season 24 of the original DWTS will air on Monday, Sept. 24 on ABC. We can’t wait for this fall!