'Dancing with the Stars: Juniors': Akash Vukoti's elimination on Thanksgiving night has fans feeling sad, yet incredibly proud
After his elimination was announced, Akash shared a lengthy Facebook post expressing his gratitude and wonder at reaching this far, thanking pretty much everybody involved.
This Sunday saw the Thanksgiving-themed episode of the debut season of ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars: Juniors' as the remaining six contestants got down on the dance floor to further their journey in the competition, by dancing on songs of their choice. These songs were also paying tribute to something or someone significant in their lives, along the theme of the festival. But sadly, the inevitable cloud of elimination was looming on the tiny tots throughout the episode, and going home this week was Spelling Bee champ, Akash Vukoti.
As the contestants performed a song dedicated to someone who had impacted their lives during the "Give Thanks" night of the season, the Scripps National Spelling Bee alum couldn't manage to earn a score high enough to secure his spot in the competition. His combined total from the judges and also the studio audience after he and junior pro partner Kamri Peterson (mentored by Witney Carson) was an impressive 23/30, but at the same time, not enough to keep him on.
Along with his dance partner, Kamri Peterson, Akash performed a jazz to “Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)” by A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls - as a tribute to his parents. While the Bollywood number left both viewers and audience in high spirits, it fell short of a few points - to the surprise of several fans who have stated that on social media platforms since then. After his elimination was announced, Akash shared: "I'll go home tonight with lifelong memories to cherish." He also shared a lengthy Facebook post expressing his gratitude and wonder at reaching this far, thanking pretty much everybody involved.
And by the looks of it, his fans have really cherished his journey on the show. Taking to Twitter, several of these fans voiced their opinions on the elimination, and most of them seem just immensely proud of the small wonder and couldn't help noting his improvement and the evolution of his dancing skills in due course of the show.
im so proud of akash and kamri their hard work showed every week being the youngest on a show like that is extremely difficult and they did great! sad to see them go but they both have bright futures! congrats to @WitneyCarson for being a great mentor @akashvukoti @KamriPeterson— sierra (@bazziseavey) November 19, 2018
akash vukoti is the sweetest and most intelligent child. he deserves to be protected at all costs. i don’t make the rules— ariana ✨ (@ontheritlo) November 19, 2018
@DWTSJuniors akash and kamri leaving was sad, but i am so proud of them! two talented kids that deserve a lot, so proud of the both of u and all your hard work gonna miss ur cute faces! also congrats to @WitneyCarson for being an amazing coach! @akashvukoti @KamriPeterson #dwts— sierra (@bazziseavey) November 19, 2018
Akash sorry to see you go, from day one you were a joy to watch. You are wise beyond your years and you handled yourself with so much integrity and grace.— Vanessa (@prlatina44) November 19, 2018
Your future is so bright and I’m sure your parents are super proud of you.
But the most precious post was probably from Akash and Kamri's mentor, Witney herself, as the DWTS pro took to Instagram to share about their incredible journey together, and how proud she was, writing: "my babies, i’m so proud of you and everything you have accomplished. thank you for the most rewarding experience! love you both with my whole heart."