The "DWTS Juniors" Cast's Debut Was SO GOOD, YOU GUYS

September 25, 2018

We legit can’t stop smiling.

Why? Because during last night’s episode of the grown-up “Dancing with the Stars,” we got a sneak peek at the gloriousness that is about to be “Dancing with the Stars Juniors,” set to premiere on Sunday, October 7th.

Not only did we finally meet the full cast of mini celebrity contestants (which includes Mackenzie Ziegler!). We also got to see those stars, their junior partners, and their grown-up mentors strut their stuff on the ballroom floor in not one but two infectiously happy numbers.

First, the big reveal! Competing on the inaugural season of the junior show are:

Tripp Johnston, partnered by Hailey Bills and mentored by Jenna Johnson

Sophia Pippen, partnered by Jake Monreal and mentored by Sasha Farber

Addison Osta Smith, partnered by Lev Khmelev and mentored by Keo Motsepe

Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo), partnered by Tristan Ianiero and mentored by Artem Chigvinstev

Jason Maybaum, partnered by Elliana Walmsley and mentored by Emma Slater

Hudson West, partnered by Kameron Couch and mentored by Hayley Erbert

Miles Brown, partnered by Rylee Arnold and mentored by Lindsay Arnold

Sky Brown, partnered by JT Church and mentored by Alan Bersten

Mackenzie Ziegler, partnered by Sage Rosen and mentored by Gleb Savchenko

Mandla Morris, partnered by Brightyn Brems and mentored by Cheryl Burke

Ariana Greenblatt, partnered by Artyon Celestine and mentored by Brandon Armstrong

Akash Vukoti, partnered by Kamri Peterson and mentored by Witney Carson

The whole crew broke it down together to “Dance” by DNCE:

And then the junior pros got a special chance to shine in a number to “Born Ready” by Disco Fries featuring Hope Murphy:

You’re smiling now too, right? It’s basically impossible not to. These kids are just so darn good. 🙌🙌🙌

Catch them in action each Sunday beginning October 7 on ABC!