The season 1 finale of Dancing With the Stars Juniors airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, on the ABC network, and there are four teams of contestants left in the mix. Before we get into the remaining cast members, what to expect on tonight’s show, the finale performances and winner predictions, this is your SPOILERS WARNING. Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know any info on the finale or the winners.
UPDATE: Miles Brown has won the competition.
Now let’s get into the synopsis on the finale episode, provided by ABC. Tonight’s plot description reads, “In a stunning surprise at the end of last week’s episode, there was no elimination at the end of the night, so the four semi-finalist kid couples have all advanced to the finals.” The finale episode is also holiday-themed and the four remaining celebrity couples, along with their mentors, will perform.
For the finale’s opening number, all 12 junior celebrity contestants and their partners will participate, in addition to their mentors, the show’s judges and the hosts. They will dance to Whitney Myer’s “Dancing in the Stars.” Each of the four remaining finalists will perform two routines for the judges. The first will be a reprise of a favorite dance from the season, which will include their mentors. Their other performances will be holiday-themed freestyle dances. At the end of the show, one couple, along with their mentor, will be crowned the first ever champions of DWTS Juniors. The outcome is based on the studio audience vote, which is combined with the scores of the judges.
The show has been pre-taped this season, along with the finale, so the winners have already been chosen. When it comes to the winner rumors, Mackenzie Ziegler’s team with partner Sage Rosen and pro Gleb Savchenko has been dubbed the front-runner. Ziegler was already a dancer before she came on the show, which caused complaints from some viewers on social media, who felt she had an advantage. Whatever the case, it will be surprising if Ziegler doesn’t take home that mirrorball trophy. It’s safe to say she is the contestant who won this season.
When it comes to tonight’s performances, here is the rundown on the lineup:
Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine, along with mentor Brandon Armstrong, perform a Jazz dance to “Rolex” by Ayo & Teo.
Mackenzie Ziegler and partner Sage Rosen, featuring mentor Gleb Savchenko, dance the Cha Cha to “What If” by Johnny Orlando & Mackenzie Ziegler.
Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold perform a Salsa routine with mentor Lindsay Arnold to “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men.
Sky Brown and junior pro partner JT Church, as well as mentor Alan Bersten, dance a Salsa routine to “Light it Up” by Major Lazar featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG.
Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine are dancing to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Lindsey Stirling featuring Sabrina Carpenter.
Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen perform a routine to “Drummer Boy” by Justin Bieber featuring Busta Rhymes.
Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold dance to “Sleigh Ride” by District 78.
Sky Brown and JT Church are performing a dance to “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson.