Dancing With the Stars is getting a spinoff this fall called Dancing With the Stars: Juniors. While the official cast has not been announced, the show begins taping in late July, and we're already curious about who could (and should!) be a part of it.
The format will include kid pros and young celebrity contestants between the ages of 8-13. The pairs will be mentored by some of the DWTS pros, including Witney Carson, who has already confirmed her participation in the show.
We decided to have some fun with the casting and come up with a few dream contestants we would like to see on DWTS: Juniors. Our list would definitely provide some fun moments on the dance floor but also give us a bit of juicy scoop with the parents sitting in the audience — even though we know the show is about kids waltzing through the ballroom.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for celebrity kids on DWTS: Juniors.
Suri Cruise was the most photographed child of celebrity parents when her mom, Katie Holmes, was married to her dad, Tom Cruise. In recent years, Suri has been allowed to grow up away from the spotlight. She's now 12 and the perfect age to step back into it.
In fact, Holmes has mentioned that Suri loves to dance. "She loves ballet," Katie told E! News in 2010. "She's great at it."
While DWTS: Juniors is a ballroom show, ballet still gives Suri the foundation she needs to win the Mirrorball Trophy.
It doesn't matter that the video of Cruz Beckham breakdancing is 10 years old. If he could pull moves off like that at age 3, he can certainly do it at 13. He makes for the perfect DWTS: Juniors contestant because he's talented and adorable and his parents make for great TV. A David and Victoria Beckham sighting in the audience could also put those pesky divorce rumors to rest.
Emme Maribel Muñiz
When you are Jennifer Lopez's daughter, there has to be some sort of dancing gene passed down from mother to daughter. Emme is cool enough to be teaching dance moves to her dad, Marc Anthony — she knows the Backpack Kid dance, also known as flossing.
If Emme could take some of these moves to DWTS: Juniors, she would also deliver some sizzling support in the audience from J.Lo, Marc and her mom's boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez. We need a mini-Jenny from the Block on this season!
The family that dances together should have a kid on DWTS: Juniors. Kingston Rossdale, 12 who is seriously shipped on YouTube, is the perfect crush-worthy preteen to be cast on the show. He's also often seen dancing with mom Gwen Stefani and mom's boyfriend Blake Shelton on Snapchat. It's unclear whether Kingston's dad, Gavin Rossdale, is a dancer at heart, but this is another set of parents we would die to see rooting for their kid. There's so much drama on and off the dance floor.
You can't have a dance show without one of the hottest young stars on TV! Eris Baker plays Tess Pearson on This Is Us, so we know the girl can perform. She has so many emotions on the show that makes us cry all the time. Eris also starred on a few episodes of K.C. Undercover with former DWTS contestant Zendaya. Surely, Zendaya would give the girl a few pointers. If those pointers don't work, we know Eris can rock a DWTS costume like no other — just like she does on the red carpet.
You can't have Eris Baker on and not have Lonnie Chavis competing alongside his This Is Us costar. He has got some major moves, which he recently showed off to J-14 magazine. While he seems to be a good solo dancer, Lonnie is definitely going to have to practice dancing with a partner if he ever decides to do DWTS: Juniors. That hand whack looked like it hurt a bit!
In 2016, Jacob Tremblay took Hollywood by storm during award show season by charming everyone on the red carpet while representing the film Room. What a few people failed to notice is that the boy has some rhythm.
Now that Jacob has reached the ripe old age of 11, it's time for him to get cast on DWTS: Juniors. We hope producers see this 2016 Critics' Choice Award post-party dance video as evidence of his dance capabilities. Can we please make this happen?
Be sure to watch Dancing With the Stars: Juniors, premiering this fall. It will air on Sunday nights beginning at 8/7c on ABC.