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Derek Hough And Bindi Irwin Prepare For Iconic “Dirty Dancing” Routine

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How great was Switch-Up Week? I think this was one of the best ones yet. It was awesome working with Alexa and I’m so proud of her for getting that 40. It does not feel at all weird get a perfect score first with Alexa and not Bindi. It was important that whoever I got last week, I gave them my all. I had a very clear goal to get Alexa’s confidence level up and I think we did that. And in my eyes, Bindi always gets a perfect score!

I thought Bindi did a terrific job in her cha cha. The routine was extremely difficult. Val pushed her and made her sharp. To get a 10 in cha cha is extraordinary. I think the cha cha one of the least impactful dances on the show. If you look at the record books of memorable dances, there are very few, if any, cha chas. There’s a reason we usually do them in the first week. I just loved watching her kill it. I agree with what Bruno said about her shoulders. We were trying to figure out why she moves them up like that. I said yesterday that when she gets excited and is smiling, she raises her shoulders. It was like a light bulb moment. So now that we know, we have to retrain that a little bit.

It feels great to be back with my baby! Pun intended! We have the rumba this week to Dirty Dancing. Normally, we can do our own versions of these dances, but they told us they want us to reflect the original as possible. We still have some freedom with it. The tough part is the lift, of course. I don’t normally do lifts and I never really have done those on the show. And this is a really difficult lift to do. We try every day and we’ve gotten really close. Yesterday, we went to a lake — and I use that term loosely. It was more of a smelly bog. It was in the Hills. There’s a little reservoir and it was so gross. The silt was like 3-feet deep. When you stepped in it, the bubbles popped. Believe me, I did not choose that location! But it was actually really fun.

And before you ask, yes, Jennifer Grey is giving us tips! She’s actually stopping by rehearsals today to check us out. We can’t disappoint her! I guess it was easy to give us Dirty Dancingbecause of my connection to Jennifer, but I think there are actually a lot of parallels between the movie and Bindi. Baby’s 17 in the movie and so is Bindi. Baby wants to change the world. That’s Bindi. Even Bindi’s laughs when she gets goofy are so Jennifer. She’s my Baby Bindi!

Hopefully they won’t give us another lie detector this week! That was rigged! Ha. The whole segment was pretty funny, but for the record, I really don’t think I’m the best pro. I think that’s too broad a label. We’re all good at different things and different styles. We’re all the best in different ways. But I certainly do give my very best in everything I do.

Thanks for reading! See you Monday!

Derek

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Ariana Greenblatt Reveals Obstacle During Last Night’s DWTS Juniors

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Ariana Greenblatt has revealed that one of her two dances on Sunday night’s Dancing With The Stars Juniors semi-finals had an obstacle. In her latest blog post, which can be found at JustJaredJr.com Ariana shares that the desks used as props in the High School Musical inspired routine were an issue.

“The desks were really giving us a hard time during our rehearsal and camera blocking for our High School Musical Foxtrot. Right up to the last minute I wasn’t sure how much trouble those props were going to give us! The way we were using them in rehearsals just didn’t work or look good in the final camera blocking so last-minute changes had to be made. Arty and I just looked at each other, shrugged it off and concentrated on us but it was definitely in the back of our minds.”

Read Ariana’s full behind the scenes blog post here.

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Ariana Greenblatt Dances Her Way Though The DWTS Juniors Semi-finals With Sky Brown

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Sky Brown and Ariana Greenblatt perform together on Dancing With The Stars Juniors

Ariana Greenblatt took to the dance floor Sunday night for the Dancing With The Stars Juniors Semifinals. The Disney star and her pro dancer Artyon received a score of 28 out of 30 for the dance routine honoring the iconic Disney Channel DCOM High School Musical.

Next up it was the group fusion dance which was a Fox Trot and Jive and Ariana and Artyon teamed up with Sky Brown and her pro JT. The team got a score of 28 out of 30 Watch the routine below:

The finale of DWTS Juniors airs next week with a holiday theme featuring performances by the teams along with their mentors.

 

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Sneak Peek: Ariana Greenblatt Goes “High School Musical” For Tonight’s DWTS Juniors

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Calling all Wildcats! Tune into tonight’s episode of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Juniors to see Ariana Greenblatt take the dance floor during the semifinals. Ariana and her pro partner Artyon will be dancing to ” We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical!

Dancing With The Stars Juniors airs Sundays at 8pm ET.

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Watch Ariana Greenblatt Go Classic Hollywood On DWTS Juniors

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Ariana Greenblatt with her dance partner Artyon Celestine.

It was “time machine” night and Ariana Greenblatt channeled the 1940’s with a quickstep on this week’s episode of Dancing With The Stars Juniors. Ariana says she was thinking about her favorite Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn during the routine adding that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is her favorite movie! Ariana and her partner Artyon received a score of 27 out of 30.

The judges praised Ariana for her hard work and how far she has come since the beginning of the competition. The season finale is just a couple weeks away and we think Ariana has a really good chance of winning the season!

Watch Ariana’s quickstep below!

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Ariana Greenblatt Dedicates This Week’s DWTS Juniors Dance To Grandparents

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Ariana Greenblatt with her dance partner Artyon Celestine.

Sunday night on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Juniors viewers will see Disney star Ariana Greenblatt take the dance floor in a special routine that she is dedicating to her supportive grandparents. In a Facebook post to her page on Saturday Ariana shared the inspiration for the dedication.

“If you are a fan of musical theater like I am then more than likely somewhere along the line you have seen one of my Pop Pop’s musicals. So this Sunday we step back to the future on #dwtsjuniors and I’m dedicating my 1940’s theme quickstep to my grandparents who flew across the country every single week to cheer me on and never missed a single performance. Always so supportive and devoted, I love you so much Pop Pop and GooGoo and this ones for you”

Dancing With The Stars Juniors airs on ABC Sundays at 8pm ET.

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Ariana Greenblatt Dances The Salsa On DWTS Juniors

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Ariana Greenblatt & Artyon Celestine dance the Salsa on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Juniors

Ariana Greenblatt took to the dance floor on Sunday night’s Dancing With The Stars Juniors and performed a Salsa routine. “That salsa was spicy,” judge Val Chmerkovskiy told Ariana and her pro partner Artyon following the dance. Ariana and Artyon picked up 27 points out of 30 for their performance. Watch the performance below:

 

 

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Ariana Greenblatt Gets Standing Ovation And a Rolex on DWTS Juniors

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Ariana Greenblatt hold up a Rolex given to her by DWTS Junior judge Val after she performed a Jazz routine to the popular song “Rolex”

After receiving some tough criticism from the judges after her last performanceAriana Greenblatt delivered a jaw-dropping jazz routine with her pro partner Artyon for “Juniors Choice Night”. Dancing to the song “Rolex” the “Stuck In The Middle” star received a standing ovation and a score of 28 out of 30.

Val Chmerkovskiy loved the dance so much that he actually offered his Rolex to Ariana! Holding the watch she looked at her mom proclaiming “see mom I made it!” Don’t worry she gave the Rolex back!

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DWTS Juniors: Ariana Greenblatt Dances To Descendants 2

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Ariana Greenblatt dressed as Mal from Descendants for a Halloween themed DWTS Juniors

Channeling her inner Mal from Descendents 2 Ariana Greenblatt and her pro Artyon performed a Paso Doble to the song ” Ways To Be Wicked” from the film’s soundtrack. While the audience loved the routine (as did we) the judges were more critical claiming that they wanted to see more of the dance itself. Ariana received a 22 out of 30.

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Ariana Greenblatt Goes Lilo & Stitch For DWTS Juniors “Disney Night”

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Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine dance to a song from the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack on Dancing With The Stars Juniors

Ariana Greenblatt once again wowed everyone with another outstanding performance proving why she really is the one to beat on the debut season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars Juniors”. The Disney Channel star known for her role in the series “Stuck In The Middle” and her pro partner Artyon Celestine performed a Samba to the song “Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride” from the “Lilo & Stitch” soundtrack.

Ariana and her pro received a score of 25 out of 30 for the routine. Watch the performance below:

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