'Dancing with the Stars: Juniors' judge Adam Rippon believes this season has left him mind blown
Rippon hopes he could impart his skills, wisdom, and strength to the kids participating in this season of the reality show
ABC's debut season of 'Dancing with the Stars: Juniors' has managed to get quite dramatic with regards to the last aired episode with Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson's elimination leaving fans outraged for days after the episode came out, and also with several fans feeling like Ariana Greenblatt's performance was too harshly judged.
'DWTS: Juniors' added to fans' grievances when it was revealed that their fifth episode was postponed to this Sunday (November 11) to make way for the Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary special last Sunday (November 4). But amid all that drama, looks like judge Adam Rippon has been left pretty "mind blown" by this entire season of 'DWTS: Juniors'.
Hosted by Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz, the juniors are judged by original 'Dancing with the Stars' pro Val Chmerkovskiy, choreographer Mandy Moore, and 'DWTS: Athletes' winner and figure skater, Rippon. And, even though at the end of the day it is the kids who seem to be faced by challenges every week on the show, Rippon would like to share that he has found the job of being their judge quite challenging too.
"I’ve worked with kids in skating before, giving lessons and helping choreograph programs, and I think that as a judge in a children’s show you want to find a balance between giving constructive criticism and also raising them up," Rippon told Global News.
"They’re out there doing things they are not comfortable doing, but they’re giving it their 100 percent. It takes a lot of guts, and those kids have guts. But you also want to help them improve so that they have a good experience and it’s positive. I think that it’s finding a balance of giving them constructive criticism and raising them up by telling them: 'Hey, I know what you’re doing is tough, and you’re doing a great job,'" he added.
At the same time, Rippon also hopes he could impart his skills, wisdom, and strength to the kids participating in this season of the reality show. "I hope that I can teach them that they have the most fun," he shared with the outlet, adding, "and they’ll have the best experience if they have an open mind, open heart, if they work really hard, and they go into every situation that they encounter in their time doing the show giving it their 100 percent and not worrying about if it will be good or bad. And I know in my own life, when I was able to go into situations like that, that’s when I had the best results and the best time."
The official synopsis of the upcoming "Junior's Choice" episode on ABC's website reads: "While some of the songs chosen were favorites of the celebrity kids, others held some kind of special meaning to them. Each couple will perform a Charleston, jazz, cha cha or samba. At the end of the night, there will be an elimination. The studio audience vote is combined with the judges’ scores to determine who goes home at the end of each episode."
As of now, there are just seven contestants remaining as they battle it out this Sunday night on ABC network at 8pm ET/PT.