AceShowbiz - "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" has found its judges. The upcoming spin-off of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" will see Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, choreographer Mandy Moore and "DWTS" pro and two-time Mirror Ball champ Valentin Chmerkovskiy serving as the judges, ABC announced on Monday, July 30.
The news was announced in an episode of "Good Morning America" which featured the three stars. During the episode, Rippon admitted that he used to be too shy to dance in public when he was younger. However, the 28-year-old revealed that he overcame his fears after he "was thrown into the fire [and] lived with the wolves," adding, "And that's what I'm going to do with these kids."
"I was thrown to the fire, lived with the wolves, and that's what I'm going to do with these kids..."@Adaripp shares his judging strategy for the upcoming @DancingABC Juniors! #DWTSJuniors#DWTSpic.twitter.com/xxtCQlGAGM— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 30, 2018
Rippon previously participated in the all-athlete season of "Dancing with the Stars" in May. He and his dancing partner Jenna Johnson managed to nab the Mirror Ball trophy after beating fellow finalists Tonya Harding and Josh Norman.
Mandy, meanwhile, takes to her Instagram account to show her excitement in joining the judge panel for the show. "And here is a SUPER official @dwtsjuniors photo from our Promo Shoot...this going to be so much fun!! #DWTSJuniors," she captions a snap of her with Chmerkovskiy and Rippon.
"Dancing with the Stars Juniors" will feature celebrity kids being paired with junior professional dancers. It will arrive on October 7 on ABC. Meanwhile, "Dancing with the Stars" is slated to return for season 27 on September 24.