DWTS Juniors: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson thinks flirting with judges helps bag good scores

Honey Boo Boo aka Alana Thompson rose to fame alongside her mum, Mama June, through their reality TV stint in 'Toddlers and Tiaras' back in 2012.


                            DWTS Juniors: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson thinks flirting with judges helps bag good scores

Anybody who frequents the internet would surely have heard of Honey Boo Boo, whose claim to fame was alongside her mum, Mama June, through 'Toddlers and Tiaras' back in 2012. And now, all of 12, she is participating on ABC's hit reality show, Dancing with the Stars' junior version, that debuted this Sunday, October 6.

Honey, real name Alana Thompson, kicked off her debut night on the show with a killer salsa performance, to 'Conga' by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine with her junior pro dancer, Tristan Ianiero - showing off her moves in a fringed multi-colored dress, wowing the entire crowd like a boss. But it wasn't just her performance that she believes helped her score a solid 19 out of 30 points and earn praise from the judges.

Alana Thompson and June Shannon attend 'Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta' season 2 premiere party at Woodruff Arts Center on January 9, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alana Thompson and June Shannon attend 'Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta' season 2 premiere party at Woodruff Arts Center on January 9, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

While judge Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who's also been a DWTS pro, said: "For me the most beautiful thing about you is your confidence…you love life," about her performance, and her own mentor, Artem Chigvintsev said he felt like a ‘proud parent’ watching her own the stage, Honey believed that getting to "flirt with the judges" was one of the things going for her brilliant scores for the night.

Speaking to Hollywood life, she shared: "It was a very, very fun experience! I enjoyed it so much. I looked forward to the rehearsals every single day because there are so many amazing dancers and amazing people, so it was something I would never experience if I wasn’t who I am today.”

And specifically about the whole prospect of flirting with the judges for the sake of her scores, she elaborated: “You have to always be like, ‘OH MY GOD, you’re an amazing judge! Doesn’t that give you a better score?! Right?!” While that pro-tip did seem to kick her debut night on the show off to a good start, the preteen ensured not to give away any spoilers as to what can be expected further in the season.

 

As of now, she's "very happy" about the results and couldn't stop gushing about the number of friends she has made on the show so far. Even her dance partner seemed thrilled about her. “I am very happy for her,” Tristan said. “She changed as a person and she really loves dancing now. That makes me happy!”

And viewers of the show seem to have similar sentiments as they took to social media to share their support for the girl. "Love the confidence Alana. #honeybooboo #DWTSJuniors" tweeted one, while another added: "So excited to watch Honey Boo Boo tonight on @DWTSJuniors !! She was fantastic!! #TeamArtem #GoAlana."

DWTS: Juniors, which debuted this year itself, is hosted by Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz, and judged by Val Chmerkovskiy, Adam Rippon, and choreographer Mandy Moore. As for Honey, ahead of her performance, she admitted: "The first dance I learned was the salsa. Salsa’s good," while also adding that the entire experience has made her fall in love with dance and she wants to continue to pursue it in the future, saying: “I can become a dancer!” Hell yeah you can!