'Dancing with the Stars:Juniors': Why Mandla Morris couldn't travel further past the Time Machine Night
While the ultimate results managed to shock many, looks like Mandla's very own words right after the performance managed to make sense of the elimination.
It was the seventh week on the first season of ABC's hit reality show 'Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,' and to the shock of fans and viewers, Stevie Wonder's son Mandla Morris fell short of the mark when it came to continuing his journey to the semi-finals night.
Sunday saw the tiny tots of the dance show come out to play as they celebrated "Time Machine Night" where the five participating duos traveled to the past as well as the future to perform a dance routine of their choice..
Mandla and his dance partner Brightyn Brems performed a futuristic Paso Doblé to 'Gangsta’s Paradise' by 2WEI, and despite earning an impressive 24 out of 30, they couldn't make it through the elimination round.
The outcomes of the show's elimination rounds have been outraging fans since the very beginning, and this one was no less dramatic. While the ultimate result managed to shock many, looks like Mandla's very own words right after the performance managed to make some sense of the elimination of one of the most consistent dancers on the show.
The 13-year-old told the camera, "There's a lot going on in this dance" - an opinion at least judge Val Chmerkovskiy, who also happens to be one of the original DWTS pro dancers, shared.
"It was missing that moment of triumph," the 32-year-old judge remarked, almost along the lines of Mandla's words. "I wish it had a little bit more fight in that dance," he added.
Judge Mandy Moore, the choreographer of the dances from the Oscar-winning movie, 'La La Land,' however believed that Mandla "completely played that character." Looks like Mandla and the judges weren't the only ones with conflicting opinions on the matador-inspired dance and that resulted in him going home just before the semi-final night.
'DWTS: Juniors' is to wrap up the competition in the next two weeks for a holiday special, featuring all its famous finale freestyle dances, while the semi-finals will air next Sunday. As of now, 'Black-ish' star Miles Brown is reigning the scoreboard, with young Gamora from 'Avengers: Infinity War' aka Ariana Greenblatt, and pro skater Sky Brown coming in strong at the second position. They are followed by 'Dance Moms' alum and model/singer Mackenzie Ziegler, all three positions standing apart with a difference of one point each.
Maddie and her pro partner Sage Rosen (mentored by Gleb Savchenko) scored 26/30 for their ’80s-inspired jazz dance to 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen. Miles and Rylee Arnold (mentored by Lindsay Arnold) bagged 28/30 for their ’50s-inspired jive to 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley and His Comets. Sky and JT Church (mentored by Alan Bersten) got a swell 27/30 for their '20s-inspired Charleston to 'A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)' by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, and so did Ariana and Artyon Celestine for a '40s-inspired quickstep to 'Classic' by MKTO.
'DWTS: Juniors' returns coming Sunday at 8 pm ET on ABC with the four remaining contestants fighting to secure their spot in the finals.