BY MICHELINE GOLDSTEIN
The judges of ABC’s highly-anticipated new spin-off series Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, have been revealed! The show, which premieres SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 8|7c, features a roster of kid celebrities paired with professional kid ballroom dancers. The judges are: Dancing with the Stars: Athletes champ and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, seasoned Dancing with the Stars pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and Emmy-winning choreographer Mandy Moore!
Don’t miss the Season 27 premiere of the original, the show that started it all, Dancing with the Stars, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 8|7c for amazing dancing and more information about Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
The 2017 Emmy® Award winner and seven-time Emmy-nominee Mandy Moore is a world-class director, producer, choreographer and dancer best known for her ground-breaking work as a producer and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. In 2017 she made history by being the first choreographer to choreograph for the Golden Globe® Awards, Academy Awards®, the GRAMMY® Awards, and Emmy Awards in the same year!
On film, television and stage, Moore’s choreographic artistry has made her a sought-after choreographer and producer and industry leader in dance and entertainment. Her highly acclaimed choreography can be seen throughout Damien Chazelle’s original movie musical La La Land, which is the recipient of seven Golden Globe Awards and six Academy Awards.
Moore is currently a choreographer, producer and guest judge for ABC’s hit television show Dancing with the Stars.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy joined the cast of professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars in 2011. The 14-time U.S. National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion quickly rose to stardom, becoming one of the show’s fan favorites for impeccable performances that showcased not only immense talent and creativity but an undeniable charisma to match.
On season 25 of Dancing with the Stars, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with former Paralympic swimmer, Victoria Arlen. During his 13-season tenure on the show, he’s been partnered with singer Normani Kordei, television personality Ginger Zee and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, with whom he won his second Mirrorball trophy.
One of the most dramatic figure skaters on the planet, Rippon won the hearts of America and the world at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Known for his refreshing candor and wit, his rise to fame on the global stage has provided him with a platform to speak out in support of LGBTQ rights and the freedom to be oneself. His passion and charm have made him an inspiration to young and old alike, and he has quickly become a role model and icon to millions.
Following the 2018 Winter Olympics, Rippon continued to shine as America’s sweetheart on Dancing With The Stars: Athletes, taking home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy alongside dance partner, Jenna Johnson.
Don’t miss the premiere of the new series Dancing with the Stars: Juniors SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 8|7c on ABC!