'Dancing with the Stars: Juniors': Jason Maybaum's elimination has fans disappointed
The elimination came after Maybaum's performance to 'It's Tricky' by Run-DMC had the judges searching for superlatives
ABC's debut season of the hit reality show 'Dancing with the Stars: Juniors' was finally back this past Sunday, November 11, but sadly, it tagged along with it one of the most heartbreaking elimination round. Going home this time from the dance floor was Jason Maybaum and his dance-partner, Elliana Walmsley, aka Team Emma, after their very successful and entertaining journey on the show that's just five weeks old now.
Mentored by original 'Dancing with the Stars' pro, Emma Slater, who was paired with John Schneider on the adult version of the reality show, Maybaum had created quite a name for himself with his sharp tongue and extremely witty responses. This week - themed 'Juniors Choice' - saw him in no less of a spotlight when it came to his and partner, Elliana's lively Jazz to 'It's Tricky' by Run-DMC.
As it turns out, Maybaum is such a huge fan of Run-DMC that even host Frankie Muniz was forced to point out that the song had come out 20 years before Jason was even born! And that just shows how vast the tiny tot's music knowledge really is. As he took charge of the dance routine, he displayed all his respect for hip-hop and so did the troupe involved in their performance. All in all, everything turned out so awesome and mindblowing, that the judges were simply floating in disbelief that this was a performance by the same child actor who has been dwelling on the lower end of the leaderboard so far.
Judge and DWTS-pro, Val Chmerkovskiy simply adored just how unexpected it all was. Fellow judge, choreographer Mandy Moore couldn't keep herself from praising the big talent and dance skills the small package brought to the table and primarily, the fact that the performance was brimming with all the jazz elements. But despite all of that and judge Adam Rippon thinking Maybaum really lead the entire routine, it wasn't enough to keep him on.
He even scored a gallant 25 out of 30, but sadly, he was the one going home at the end of the episode. And it is exactly this lack of connection between the elimination and the response to Maybaum's performance that has left fans a little dismayed by how it all turned out. Especially considering this time Maybaum was placed fourth on the leaderboard, tied with Mandla Morris and right above Sky Brown (23 out of 30) and Akash Vukoti (20 out of 30).
#DWTSJuniors so @JasonMaybaum went home today. Sad, but let's be real. This guy had so much charisma and one of the reason why this adult watches "Raven's Home" lol. His career is so bright! I can't wait. 😊— amakaorji (@AmakaOOrji) November 12, 2018
While the debate over whether Maybaum deserved to leave the show this week hasn't managed to escalate to the heights of those over Alana 'Honey BooBoo' Thompson's elimination that happened in the previous episode, it sure has managed to spark some negative reactions from fans. Here's hoping next week isn't as disappointing as seeing Maybaum leave!