'Dancing with the stars: Juniors': Alana 'Honey Boo-boo' Thompson impresses fans and judges with her 'elegant' performance
Together, the judges gave Alana and her partner, Tristan, a total score of 21 — which has been their highest score on the show so far.
Alana Honey Boo-Boo Thompson's journey on ABC's Dancing with the Stars: Juniors has been pretty exciting, to say the least. With her infectious stage presence and charming personality, Alana makes up for all that she might be missing in her dancing skills at times. Loaded with the same confidence, she arrived on the show's dance floor for its latest episode, themed "Disney Night", and she most certainly didn't disappoint!
The episode was all about the star participants and their pro-partners dancing to songs from their favorite Disney movies on Sunday, and as each team pulled out their most skilled techniques, props, and best everything else to the floor, fans, and followers of the show couldn't help but be absolutely in awe of the little Honey Boo-Boo from Toddlers and Tiaras, who's a lady now! All of 12, Alana and her dance partner, Tristan Ianiro, performed a stellar foxtrot to "Something There" from Beauty and the Beast. And granted, there were a few missteps here and there, both the audiences and viewers were totally floored and a majority of them were left thinking that it was the most enchanting performance of the night.
"They were elegant and graceful!" wrote one such fan of their performance, on Instagram. Another chimed in, adding, "It was gorgeous." One of them even suggested that Alana should star in a movie someday, writing: "I really enjoyed Alana’s acting, especially in the beginning when she has the book and is trying to ignore him. I hope to see her do a sitcom or a movie in the future."
Honestly, the combination of Honey Boo Boo, Tristan and Artem is iconic. #DWTSJuniors— Jodie T (@jodie_twed) October 22, 2018
That was wonderful Alana! We are rooting for you! 💃💃💐😘@MamaJune_BooBoo— Judy Emert Carr (@JudyCarr53) October 22, 2018
But it wasn't just the viewers who were extremely impressed by the improvement she has shown in the course of the show, especially with the latest performance. Even judges Adam Rippon, Mandy Moore, and Val Chmerkovskiy, were also impressed. Mandy, who was the choreographer of the Academy Award-nominated 'La La Land', also remarked that Alana was "cool, calm and collected." Together, the judges gave them a total score of 21 — which has been their highest score on the show so far, the last two weeks having earned them only 19 out of 30 both the times.
Sadly, however, 9-year-old model, Sophia Pippen, and her pro partner Jake Monreal saw their last night on the show as they left for home after the round of elimination, which also seemed to upset a fair few fans on Twitter. Especially because unlike the original adult version of Dancing with the Stars, viewers cannot vote sitting at home for their favorite contestants on the show. This is largely because the show is prerecording, unlike its original live version, but that doesn't reduce the thrill of watching these exceptionally talented kids perform classical dance forms to the new and innovative themes that the junior version's debut season brings to fans every Sunday night, on ABC.