The youngest cast ever is breaking in their dancing shoes and getting ready to break out on the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors! Twelve celebrity kids will compete for the coveted Mirrorball trophy when the season premieres on Sunday, October 7. Take a look at who will be sparkling up their wardrobe, learning their steps, and taking to the ballroom this season.
Addison Osta Smith
Addison Osta Smith is the first girl and youngest contest ever to win MasterChef Junior at the age of 10! Now 13, she will be paired with Lev Khmelev and mentored by Keo Motsepe.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson
Alana Thompson, or as most of us know her, Honey Boo Boo, is most known for her show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and she’s currently starring on Mama June: From Not to Hot. Alana is partnered with Tristan Ianiero and will be mentored by Artem Chigvintsev.
This “Spellebrity” read and wrote (and of course spelled) his way to fame when he won the Scripps National Spelling Bee at just 6 years old! Now 9, Akash Vukoti will partner with Kamri Peterson and be mentored by Witney Carson during this year’s competition.
This small-but-mighty star on the rise just wrapped Disney’s The One and Only Ivan, in which she stars alongside Bryan Cranston. But her credits don’t end there: Ariana has also starred as Daphne Diaz on Stuck in The Middle, in Bad Mom’s Christmas, and in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as Young Gamora! She will be partnered with Artyon Celestine and mentored by Brandon Armstrong.
Hudson West found his way to the spotlight when he booked his first commercial at the age of 6. Now 10, he plays Jake Spencer in ABC’s General Hospital and he has also appeared in Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, True North, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy (to name a few!). Hudson will be partnered with Kameron Couch and mentored by Hayley Erbert.
You know him as Levi in Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home and Fletcher in the Disney Channel Original Movie Freaky Friday, but this young star has also starred in the Hulu movie Becoming Bond, Workaholics, Teachers, Blunt Talk, and Superstore. This 10-year-old will be partnered with Elliana Walmsley and mentored by Emma Slater.
Mackenzie Ziegler, 14, most recently starred on the YouTube series Total Eclipse, for the digital network Brat, of which she also serves as an executive producer! She also released her debut novel Kenzie’s Rules for Life on May 8, 2018. She will be partnered with Sage Rosen and mentored by Gleb Savchenko.
The 13-year-old son of superstar Stevie Wonder is an aspiring fashion designer, drawing and sketching clothes in his spare time (when he isn’t playing with his five brothers, four sisters, or his dog, Cairo!). Mandla will be partnered with Brightyn Brems and mentored by Cheryl Burke.
One of the stars of ABC’s comedy series black-ish, Miles Brown is busy on- and off-set. He recently finished wrapping Emmett, starring opposite Rita Wilson and Nora Dunn, and is a member of the Jr. NBA Leadership Council. This 13-year-old star will be partnered with Rylee Arnold and mentored by Lindsay Arnold.
This viral sensation is best known as a skateboarding and surfing phenomenon, learning how to skate at just 3 years old! Ten-year-old Sky Brown will be partnered with JT Church and mentored by Alan Bersten.
This 9-year-old fashionista is the daughter of six-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Scottie Pippen. From a young age, Sophia Pippen has pursued a career in world fashion and beauty, and in a short time has become the face of Oscar De La Renta Kids! Sophia is partnered with Jake Monreal and mentored by Sasha Farber.
The son of former Dancing with the Stars contestant Bristol Palin, 9-year-old Tripp Palin is an all-outdoors-all-the-time kind of boy and can’t wait to bring his love for athleticism to the ballroom! He will be partnered with Hailey Bills and mentored by Jenna Johnson.
This season will not only have stars on the floor, but also stars behind the judges’ table. Professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, Emmy® Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore, and Dancing with the Stars: Athletes champion Adam Rippon will judge this season with Dancing with the Stars Season 25 winner Jordan Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz serving as hosts.
Tune in on Sunday, October 7, on ABC (8–10 p.m. EDT) to see one of the biggest competitions get a little bit smaller.