Dancing with the stars: Juniors It has had a dramatic start!
During the premiere on Sunday, Tripp Palin Johnston, along with her partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson, and MasterChef Junior Champion Addison Osta Smith, along with his partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe, were eliminated after a night full of epic performances.
"I wanted to do Dancing with the stars: Juniors because my mother was on the show and it seemed like fun, "said 9-year-old Palin Johnston, exclusively to PEOPLE." I was nervous when my mother showed me clips of young dancers, I've never danced before, I worked beyond nerves by remembering have fun ".
And although his time in the competition program was ephemeral, he left with another lesson learned.
"I learned that even if I'm not the best, I can do my best and have fun," he added.
Johnson said: "The biggest challenge I faced with the Juniors' training was to accept that I could not go on stage and act with them and / or help them through the routine if something went wrong." Generally, during the regular season, I can help my partner during the live show and tell him through the routine! I had to rely a lot on my niece, Hailey, to guide Tripp through the live performance.
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"I am incredibly proud of Tripp and Hailey," he continued. "Tripp had never acted or danced before, so it was a great achievement for him to have the courage to act in front of millions of people."
During his time on the show, a shy and more reserved Palin Johnston received much support from his mother, Bristol Palin, and his grandmother, Sarah Palin.
"My mom told me to do everything possible and have fun, my grandmother said the same," he said.
And while Osta Smith, the first woman and the youngest contestant to win MasterChef Junior At the age of 10, she did not make it to the next round, the 13-year-old girl will remain busy as she continues to work on her first cookbook while inspiring children and adults to do what they like.
DWTS Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz of season 25 will host this season, with the Olympic skater Adam Rippon, who has been a long time DWTS Val Chmerkovskiy, professional and twice Mirror Ball champion and Emmy winner and The earth The choreographer Mandy Moore as judges.
"I have worked with many young children for a few years and I think I have realized that I always get more when I am sincere, but I can make fun of them but in a way that they feel that" We are lowering our guard because then I tell them something serious "Rippon said previously to PEOPLE.
"I am the type of judge that I am as a coach, in which I try to be funny and break the tension but I am serious," he added. "Because it is serious, it does not mean that it should feel like life or death."
Dancing with the stars: Juniors It airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.