AceShowbiz - The contestants of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" expressed their gratitude in Sunday, November 18 episode. The six remaining kids hit the ballroom to give thanks to people they're grateful for before one contestant was sent home at the end of the episode.
First up was Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine, who are mentored by Brandon Armstrong. Ariana revealed that she's thankful for her family before dancing a Salsa to "Pintame". Jugde Mandy Moore said that she loved her routine for its complexity. Valentin Chmerkovskiy, meanwhile, added, "That salsa was spicy. ... That was athletic, but it was really authentic as well. ... I think Puerto Rico is really proud of you." They got a 27 out of 30.
The next performers were Mandla Morris and Brightyn Brems. Mandla thanked his famous dad Stevie Wonder, who was onstage to perform his hit "Isn't She Lovely" for the duo's Foxtrot performance. The judges loved it, giving them a 27.
Akash Vukoti and Kamri Peterson, mentored by Witney Carson, followed it up with a Jazz to "Jai Ho" which was dedicated to his family. Val thought it was Akash's "best dance of the season," with Adam Rippon adding, "You should be very proud of yourself. You were so much sharper. ... Probably your best dance of the competition." Akash earned a 23.
Later, Lindsay Arnold's pair Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold hit the stage to perform a Foxtrot to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Miles dedicated the performance for his family. "Mom and dad, this one's for you," he said. Making Mandy "in love," the routine earned him a 26.
Sky Brown and JT Church, mentored by Alan Bersten, opted for a Foxtrot to "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry. Dedicating the dance for his parents, Sky shared, "They've been so patient with me and believing in me." After the performance, Adam said he was "a little emotional. ... This dance is exactly what the show is about. Thank you for sharing your heart with us." Sky got a 29, the highest score of the season.
The last performer were Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen, mentored by Gleb Savchenko. Although Sky's routine was hard to follow, Mackenzie blew the judges' minds with her Samba to "Cheap Thrills" by Sia Furler featuring Sean Paul. "You killed that," Val exclaimed. Mackenzie got a 27.
Now, it was the time to reveal who was eliminated on that night. Unfortunately, Akash was sent home. "I'll go home tonight with lifelong memories to cherish," he said while remained being positive.