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DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS
Air Date: Sunday, December 09, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#109) "The Finale (Holiday Special)"
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SEASON FINALE

FOUR CELEBRITY KID COUPLES VIE TO TAKE HOME THE ALL-NEW JUNIORS MIRRORBALL TROPHY ON THE HOLIDAY-THEMED SEASON FINALE OF ABC'S 'DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS,' SUNDAY, DEC. 9

All 12 Juniors Celebrities and Their Pros, Along With Their Mentors, Judges and Hosts, Open the Show With an Exciting Dance Number

The Four Finalist Couples Will Each Perform Two Dances - a Reprise of a Favorite Dance Also Featuring Their Mentors and a Festive Freestyle to a Holiday-Themed Song

"The Finals" - 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 on the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors," SUNDAY, DEC. 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

The night kicks off with all 12 Juniors kid couples, their mentors, judges Mandy Moore, Val Chmerkovskiy and Adam Rippon, and hosts Jordan Fischer and Frankie Muniz dancing to Whitney Myer's "Dancing in the Stars." For their first dance, the four finalist couples will each reprise a favorite dance they performed during the season, which will also feature their mentor. Each couple will perform a jazz, cha cha or salsa. For their second dance, each couple will perform a no-holds-barred freestyle to a special holiday-themed song. At the end of the night, based on the studio audience vote combined with the judges' scores, one couple will be crowned the champion, culminating an incredible season, and take home the all-new Juniors Mirrorball trophy.

Each couple will reprise a favorite dance performed this season to the following: (in alphabetical order):

Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine featuring mentor Brandon Armstrong - Jazz - "Rolex" by Ayo & Teo

Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen featuring mentor Gleb Savchenko - Cha Cha - "What If" by Johnny Orlando & Mackenzie Ziegler

Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold featuring mentor Lindsay Arnold - Salsa - "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men

Sky Brown and JT Church featuring mentor Alan Bersten - Salsa - "Light it Up" by Major Lazar featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG

Each couple will perform a Freestyle dance to the following holiday-themed songs (in alphabetical order):

Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine (mentored by Brandon Armstrong) - "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" by Lindsey Stirling featuring Sabrina Carpenter

Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen (mentored by Gleb Savchenko) - "Drummer Boy" by Justin Bieber featuring Busta Rhymes

Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold (mentored by Lindsay Arnold) - "Sleigh Ride" by District 78

Sky Brown and JT Church (mentored by Alan Bersten) - "Underneath the Tree" by Kelly Clarkson

Hosted by "Dancing with the Stars" season 25's Mirrorball Trophy winner Jordan Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz, "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" is a fresh take on an established favorite in which 12 celebrity kids are partnered with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines that are judged by Emmy(R) Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore, professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy and "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" champion, Adam Rippon.

"Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" is produced by BBC Studios. Andrew Llinares and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers. The show is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/7/18 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (9 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 12/9/18; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, September 2018) "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" welcomes 12 celebrity kids and professional junior ballroom dancers to the ballroom floor. The youngest cast ever is sparkling up their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for what will be an unforgettable journey. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, SUNDAY, OCT. 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. This season's lineup of celebrity kid dancers includes a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor, a professional skateboarder, an ABC comedy star, a runway model, two Disney Channel stars and the youngest boy to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Adam Rippon as Judge
· Frankie Muniz as Host
· Jordan Fisher as Host
· Mandy Moore as Judge
· Val Chmerkovskiy as Judge
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andrew Llinares as EP
· Ashley Edens-Shaffer as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· BBC Studios