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Adam Rippon Dishes on 'Dancing With The Stars Juniors' Ahead of Series Premiere

Adam Rippon Dishes on 'Dancing With The Stars Juniors' Ahead of Series Premiere

Adam Rippon is just one of three judges on Dancing With The Stars Juniors and he’s praising all the young kids and pros competing in the series.

Speaking with TV Guide, the 28-year-old figure skater revealed that he was “really looking forward to seeing all of these little kids perform their frickin’ hearts out.”

Just like their sister show, Dancing With The Stars Juniors watches as 12 young stars perform and learn new ballroom dances, competing to win the first ever DWTS Juniors title and trophy.

“I think more than anything you want somebody who you know is going to make the kids feel comfortable, who can make them laugh, but at the same time be honest with them and motivate them,” Adam shared about sitting on the judging table. “I hope that I’m able to do that on the show.”

He adds, “I feel that what I’ve learned from working with kids on the ice is that the best thing I can do is talk to them like they’re on my level and make them feel comfortable but also keep it real…you grow an attachment to the kids as it goes on because you see that they love what they’re doing and you see all that hard work. So it’s going to be a really, really good show.”

Adam adds that the young competitors blew all his previous expectations away when he first saw them perform.

“I think there’s a fear like, ‘Can they do it? Can they handle the pressure?’ Because it can be a lot. And they’ve not only stepped up to the plate but they’ve completely surpassed my expectations.”

Dancing With The Stars Juniors premieres on Sunday, October 7th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu Keep It Fierce at Harper's Bazaar Icons Event

Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu Keep It Fierce at Harper's Bazaar Icons Event

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu join forces at the Harper’s Bazaar Celebrates “ICONS By Carine Roitfeld” Event!

The figure skaters showed off their styles at the event held during New York Fashion Week at the Plaza Hotel on Friday (September 7) in New York City.

Mirai rocked a “Dream Tomorrow” t-shirt tucked into a belted black leather skirt, along with pink heels featuring yellow flower designs.

Adam sported a red and black plaid shirt with a studded collar, matching pants, gold accessories, and black shoes with silver, gold, and red designs.

“I don’t know her 💁🏼‍♂️,” Adam captioned the Instagram photo he snapped with fellow athlete Gus Kenworthy below.

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Adam Rippon Is Guest Starring On 'Will & Grace' - See The Pics!

Adam Rippon Is Guest Starring On 'Will & Grace' - See The Pics!

Adam Rippon is taking his comedic timing to the small screen!

The 28-year-old Olympian and DWTS champ will guest star on an upcoming episode of Will & Grace.

“Been working on the @nbcwillandgrace set all week and in other news 2018 is still wild 🙆🏼‍♂️ The whole cast and everyone on set is so beautiful and great. Also, how can you not love @mattbomer and @driverminnie 👪😍,” he captioned a group photo on Instagram.

Matt Bomer, who is also guest starring on the same episode, gushed about how funny Adam is.

“I had so much fun working with the incredible cast, crew, and creatives on @nbcwillandgrace last night! One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Wait until you see how funny and brilliant @adaripp and @driverminnie are in this episode!” he wrote.

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Jenna Johnson Can't Wait For Everyone to See 'DWTS Juniors'

Jenna Johnson Can't Wait For Everyone to See 'DWTS Juniors'

Jenna Johnson rocks an all-black look for Variety’s 2018 Power of Young Hollywood held at Sunset Tower Hotel on Tuesday night (August 28) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 24-year-old Dancing With the Stars pro dancer met up with her former partner, Adam Rippon, for the event, along with Sarah Hughes.

Just recently speaking with To The Pointe with Kristyn Burtt, Jenna opened up about working with her 12-year-old niece, Hailey Bills, for DWTS Juniors.

“To see her out here on the Dancing With the Stars stage…at 12 years old!” Jenna exclaimed. “All of them were best friends and loved their lives. It was so sweet.”

She adds, “When people would get eliminated, they were more sad about leaving their friends than actually getting eliminated from Dancing With the Stars Juniors. It was so cute.”

“I can’t wait for people to watch the show because I think they are going to fall in love with these little babies.”

The show debuts in October on ABC.

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Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson Double Date with Their Men!

Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson Double Date with Their Men!

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson finally got together with their hot guys for a double date!

The Dancing With the Stars champs had dinner at Craig’s restaurant on Friday night (August 10) in West Hollywood, Calif.

Adam was joined by boyfriend Jussi-Pekka Kajaala and Jenna was joined by her fiance Val Chmerkovskiy. Jenna shared a photo of them at the table on her Instagram stories and wrote, “Finally.”

Adam, Jenna, and Val are all working on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars: Juniors. Adam and Val are both judges while Jenna is one of the mentors. The new season premieres in October.

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