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Ariana Greenblatt Reflects on 'DWTS Juniors' Experience in Final Blog For JJJ

Ariana Greenblatt Reflects on 'DWTS Juniors' Experience in Final Blog For JJJ

We can hardly believe that the first season of Dancing With the Stars Juniors is over, and so are our exclusive blogs with Ariana Greenblatt!

Over the weekend, the 11-year-old actress and partner Artyon Celestine delivered two amazing performances on the final night of competition for a chance to win the first ever star trophy. However, the win went to Sky Brown and JT Church.

Ariana is opening up in her final blog about her entire experience on the show, how stoked she was for Sky to win and more.

Check out her exclusive behind-the-scenes blog below!

WOW what a finale! So many emotions. So many feels. There was no way someone wasn’t going to be disappointed with four teams left and only one winner but I just want to say…we are all winners and congrats to Sky. This last week was as hard and challenging as you would guess. We had to learn a lot of dances in a very short period of time. We were all tired and all a little banged up but it was the finals and everyone had their games face on. We knew this was the most important dance of the season and our last time to show America that we deserved to be there. All the hard, honest work came down to just one last performance show day!

In the end, we came up short in the eyes of the judges but I couldn’t have been more proud of my team. There was so much love and support from not only my family and friends, but all the Dancing with the Stars squad, starting with my mentor Brandon Armstrong. He really had his hands full with us but I’m pretty sure he loved almost every minute! Brandon, just because we haven’t found you a girlfriend yet doesn’t mean we have stopped trying. The interviews will still go on! LOL

Shout out to the DWTS family who showed me so much love during the season. There are so many wonderful people there, from security, hair and makeup and costume to producers, grips, camera men and women and sound technicians. There are just a whole bunch of wonderful people at DWTS but without question my rock 24/7 is my partner Artyon “Partyon” Celestine. From day 1 you made me feel special and supported. I spent more time with Arty than my own family and now he is part of my family. I will never forget all the hours of laughter, game nights, movies, dinners, shopping and just plain rehearsal time. I’m just so honored to have been your first partner in season 1 of juniors and if you ever need a dance partner, well you have my number. Love you Arty!

Well what to do after such an intense experience? Well you go to Disneyland of course! You see by the time the finals were done, it was my 11th birthday so I got some of the squad and had a great birthday dinner at my friend Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant PUMP! My friends at Deja Vu cakes even made me the most delicious cake with a DWTS: Juniors theme that included my 1940s look from the show! It’s all been so incredible and I just wanted to say thank you to all the fans and friends who supported #TeamBrandon. Especially thank you to my family at Disney Channel who made all this possible. I hope I made you all proud.

I love you so much! xoxo ~Ariana

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Ariana Greenblatt Says The Desks During Her 'HSM' Performance Were An Obstacle on 'DWTS Juniors' (Exclusive)

Ariana Greenblatt Says The Desks During Her 'HSM' Performance Were An Obstacle on 'DWTS Juniors' (Exclusive)

Ariana Greenblatt is back with another blog all about her experience on Dancing With the Stars Juniors.

The 11-year-old actress and partner Artyon Celestine performed not just one, but TWO dances on the show and they both were amazing! You can check them both out HERE and HERE.

Check out her exclusive behind-the-scenes blog below!

Wow, you can’t say you saw that coming, right?! I mean it was like a twist out of The Hunger Games! No one got eliminated and the final four will be in the finals! It was really shocking and surprising and I was SO happy for everyone. No one wants to be the one team that came up a little short to miss the finals after all these weeks of hard work. Also, never has DWTS ever done team duos which was another fun surprise. America really wanted to see Sky and I team up so that’s what we gave them! It was such a busy week. We didn’t have much time to learn the routines because we also had our individual team dance to get down as well as the opening number.

Artyon and I just really stayed focused on the prize and doubled down our work to get all the dances down. The rehearsal room without all the other teams has this weirdness to it. The halls are less full, the rooms are quieter and the pressure is definitely there. The desks were really giving us a hard time during our rehearsal and camera blocking for our High School Musical Foxtrot. Right up to the last minute I wasn’t sure how much trouble those props were going to give us! The way we were using them in rehearsals just didn’t work or look good in the final camera blocking so last minute changes had to be made. Arty and I just looked at each other, shrugged it off and concentrated on us but it was definitely in the back of our minds.

On show night the atmosphere was electric and it was so awesome to see so many of the previous teams in the audience and backstage. We’re all very close after so many weeks together and when one of us gets eliminated it’s really tough. It’s so comforting to see each other before show time and get little pep talks of encouragement. I remember Kenzie coming up to me in the makeup room before the show and telling me “You got this!” I can’t believe we are all in the finals together. It’s been an incredible journey and something I will never forget no matter the outcome. We all have pushed ourselves so much to be here in the finals of season 1 of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

Fun Fact: I was so happy and excited to have my cousins Charlie and Harrison along with my Aunt Leni fly in from Miami to support me during these final weeks. It meant a lot to me to have so much of my big family there in the crowd.

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Ariana Greenblatt Says Her Quickstep Was The Hardest Dance to Learn Yet in Her DWTS Blog (Exclusive)

Ariana Greenblatt Says Her Quickstep Was The Hardest Dance to Learn Yet in Her DWTS Blog (Exclusive)

We don’t know about you, but Ariana Greenblatt‘s quickstep last night on Dancing With the Stars Juniors was our favorite performance of hers ever!

The 11-year-old actress and partner Artyon Celestine traveled back in time to the 1940s for their performance, which earned them 27 points.

Check out her exclusive behind-the-scenes blog below!

It’s Week 7 and we’re jumping in the “Time Machine” taking it back to the glamorous era of the 1940’s! Except I had no idea what the 1940’s were like so thank God for google and youtube to give me a crash course…lol. For whatever reason, I thought of Broadway, the stage and lights of New York City, Times Square and my Pop Pop and Goo Goo, my grandparents. My Pop Pop is not only a multiple Tony award winning Broadway producer but also the most supportive person on the planet. The cast and crew got to know my Pop Pop very well because he never missed a performance and would fly in every single week from South Florida to root me on. It was so special for me to always look over and see my grandparents cheering and clapping. So for all those reasons I wanted to dedicate this performance to them. xoxo

The quickstep was the hardest dance by far for me to learn. First off you have to move your feet so fast and keep in perfect sync with your partner so Artyon and I spent a lot of time just learning the steps slowly. Once we felt we had a piece of it we would try it in real time but oh boy were we all over the place at first! Brandon was very tough but that’s what makes us a great team, we push ourselves. To make it that much more difficult, I knew I would be wearing a long heavy gown so I had to work through that and make sure I didn’t get tripped up in it. So during rehearsals I would practice with a long light skirt just to get a feel. With only five teams left, the pressure was something really noticeable because everyone at this point is just so darn good and more is expected from the judges. The form and performance had to be on point and, don’t forget, we also have to learn and perform opening numbers as well so Arty and I would never miss a single minute of rehearsal time. Less applesauce breaks more rehearsal time. “Let’s go!” Brandon would yell, lol.

Although we didn’t get a “10” this week, shout out to Miles who was long overdue for a “10”. He’s such an amazing dancer. We were satisfied with trip 9’s again for the second week in a row and made it to the semi-finals!

Fun Fact: I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. My favorite movie of hers is Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I was thinking of her a lot putting this character together for my glam 1940’s quickstep. So to quote her, “Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible”!

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DWTS Juniors' Ariana Greenblatt Says Her Salsa Was Extra Special - Read Her Blog Here (Exclusive)

DWTS Juniors' Ariana Greenblatt Says Her Salsa Was Extra Special - Read Her Blog Here (Exclusive)

Ariana Greenblatt is telling us all about her amazing salsa on last night’s Dancing With the Stars Juniors.

The 11-year-old actress and partner Artyon Celestine gave thanks to both their families with their fun salsa, which earned them 27 points.

Check out her exclusive behind-the-scenes blog below!

As Thanksgiving is near, we came up with who we wanted to give thanks to and who has impacted our lives. For me it was a no brainer, my family! My family has made so many sacrifices for me to be able to follow my dreams. Like they say, “It takes a village” and I have a very close village! It was so incredibly special for me to have my family here for this dance because no one lives in California. So the fact that both my grandparents came from across the country to surprise me made it so very special and I was determined not to let them down! It was also a chance for me to honor my Puerto Rican heritage by dancing the Salsa to Elvis Crespo’s “Pintame,” a song that has always been a family favorite. It gets us up and dancing! I even caught some crew members moving to the beat during camera blocking! So this one’s for you, Puerto Rico!

Rehearsals were crazy because a tricky part to any salsa is getting close to your partner and moving together. It’s a very close contact dance which is funny at first. It took some getting use to. LOL Brandon had some tough moves for us, especially for poor Arty who had to fully extend lift me and spin three times at the end of the dance when where both totally spent. Shout of to Artyon for pulling it off perfectly!

The night was filled with so many wonderful surprises like Mandla’s Dad Stevie Wonder coming on stage to sing “Isn’t She Lovely” while he danced the foxtrot with his awesome partner Brightyn Brems. I mean, c’mon, that’s pretty awesome! Backstage was also really chaotic, like crazier than usual, because even though there are only 6 contestants left, everyone had lots of friends and family in the audience. The atmosphere was electric! I really had a lot of fun introducing my grandparents to everyone, showing them around the backstage and ballroom. Everyone dressed up so nice. I was so proud to have them there and it was a really a big deal! To say this dance was extra special for some extra special people in my life would be an understatement.

Fun Fact: After the dance ended, I immediately looked over to my family and saw my Abuela crying tears of joy. I almost lost it right there but it meant so much to her to see me dance to this song. It made my heart so full. I wanted to run over to them and give them all a big group hug! I just really took in the moment and smiled. :)

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Ariana Greenblatt Learned Her Entire Juniors Choice Dance in Just 2 Hours (Exclusive)

Ariana Greenblatt Learned Her Entire Juniors Choice Dance in Just 2 Hours (Exclusive)

We’re back with another blog from Ariana Greenblatt.

After her amazing performance with Artyon Celestine on last night’s Dancing With the Stars Juniors, the 11-year-old actress is reflecting on the performance and getting the show’s very first 10!

Check out her exclusive behind-the-scenes blog below!

Full house standing O’sss, mega loud cheering and the season’s first “10″! We brought all the energy and feels into the Rollie Rollie hip hop dance and I channeled my inner Beyonce and Cardi B to redeem myself after last week. I just knew that Artyon and I had to come out super strong and bring the power, attitude and that’s exactly what we did! Okurrr We went right back to work and had a lot of motivation. We blocked out the noise, the chitter chatter and focused on showing our fans why we deserve to win this mirror ball!

We didn’t have much time to learn the song and the choreography. I think I learned the whole number in like 2 hours and Artyon and I just spent the rest of the time getting our moves sharp and popping, which wasn’t easy to do because our timing had to be perfect. Brandon knew how disappointed we were and how important it was for our team to really come out and give the crowd and the judges something they had never seen before but I wasn’t expecting Val to take off his Rolex and hand it over to me! LOL

It was a such a fun night. Not only the song and costumes but also having our families there wearing black and gold to match our outfits. We came in as one big, happy, and fun family it was really awesome. Afterwards Jordan Fisher was so ecstatic and proud of how we rebounded and Adam even said “That’s what makes a champion!”

Fun Fact: Afterwards many producers and mentors came up to us and said that in all of their years on DWTS, they never heard the audience cheering so loud in the ballroom!

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