Eric McCandless/ABC
December 09, 2018 at 10:06 PM EST

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Dancing With the Stars: Juniors has changed the trophy from the Mirrorball to the Mirrorstar? THIS IS PREPOSTEROUS. Sure, the evening is holiday-themed and we’re supposed to be feeling festive but I cannot get on board with this sparkly downgrade.

Since no one asked me, the competition continues despite this travesty. Our final four couples have two rounds of dance to go — one repeat dance featuring their mentor (finally!) and one holiday freestyle — before one adorable little couple is named the first-ever Dancing With the Stars: Juniors champions. On this final night of competition, couples will slay and also sleigh! Get it, because of the holidays? Sorry, not sorry.

Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen featuring mentor Gleb Savchenko
Cha Cha, “What If” by Johnny Orlando & Mackenzie Ziegler
Mackenzie starts talking about how much she loves her team and Gleb just starts crying. Our Gleb! The best part of the DWTS: Juniors has most definitely been seeing our DWTS pros take care of their tiny dancers. Melt my heart, why don’t you? Team Gleb selects their cha cha to Mackenzie’s song as their repeat dance and it’s definitely better the second time around. Mackenzie’s never looked sharper out there — and Mandy notes the improvement in her legs. Val thinks she shines and Adam tells her she’s a different dancer than the one they met at the beginning of the competition. That’s what we in the junior dancing biz call “exactly what you want to hear during your first dance during the finale.”
Judges’ Score: 28/30

Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine featuring mentor Brandon Armstrong
Jazz, “Rolex” by Ayo & Teo
As if there was any question which routine Ariana and Artyon would repeat for the finale. It’s just too fun for Brandon not to get in on. We all want that Rolex, okay? As Mandy points out, this team has been special from the beginning and they prove that once again dancing together tonight. Brandon says this has been the best experience for him as both a dancer and a person and honestly, is every mentor going to make me cry tonight? I did not sign up for this. Just kidding, of course I did. But I also signed up for fun, energetic routines full of attitude, and that’s exactly what Team Brandon gives us. Plus Artyon does that stage dive again and how can you not love that?
Judges’ Score: 30/30

Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold featuring mentor Lindsay Arnold
Salsa, “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men
As if we were going to get through this finale without the Arnold sisters crying. They love Miles so much! And guess what, Miles loves them too. This is a great team all around, what with Lindsay’s choreography, which suits Miles so well, and the insane partner chemistry between Miles and Rylee. This repeat salsa proves all of that ten times over. Mandy calls Miles electric and praises Lindsay’s teaching skills and Adam tells Miles that he has grown so much since week one. Aw, we’re going to miss this team so much. But this song choice? Not so much.
Judges’ Score: 28/30

Sky Brown and JT Church featuring mentor Alan Bersten
Salsa, “Light it Up” by Major Lazar featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG
Okay, but seriously with the mentors crying. This isn’t healthy for any of us! Still, Alan has had a blast on this journey with Motivational Speaker and Hype Woman For All Sky Brown. Seriously, her “work hard, be brave, have fun, and do it ’cause you love it” speech at the end of her dance? I needed that! There are some prop problems throughout this repeat of Sky and JT’s skater salsa (mainly, Alan can’t skateboard), but it is still charming as all hell. It’s no secret that the judges are big fans of Sky and they think she embodies this competition perfectly. Mandy says she’s “forever changed” because of Sky and while that is, like, A LOT to put on a 10-year-old, it is probably true. For all of us.
Judges’ Score: 30/30

(Next: Bring on those holiday freestyles)

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type
TV Show
seasons
1
Genre
run date
10/07/18
Cast
Jordan Fisher,
Frankie Muniz
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