The Warblers are back, and ABC is bringing them in to their rebooted “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” line-up.
The swingin’ musical group from Season 13 of the long-running reality competition is scheduled to appear in two episodes as featured band members. Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who won Season 9 with Tom Cruise’s jazz dance troupe on “Dancing with the Stars: Live! From Latin Night,” will put together the performance for both shows. The characters portrayed by the kids — Gigi, Atticus, Freddy, Kaylee, Milo, Ziggy, Zuri, Lillie, Micheal, Makenzie, Rylee, Teagan, and Skylar — first appeared on the April finale of Season 13.
“We’re returning to dance the week after their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’ dancing experience with a special performance with the full Season 13 ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’ cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,’” Blankenbuehler said in a statement released by the show. “The babies are all so talented and I’m proud to return to work with them, and be a part of their wonderful experience.”
There will also be an hour-long episode for the adults.
The show is the latest spinoff of the scripted dance series, which last season got an annual feature “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” special. The three stars of that “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” were season five winner Mason Krauss, a four-year-old from Los Angeles; Isaiah Crowell, a former member of American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s backing band; and singer Shay Mitchell, star of “Pretty Little Liars.” That show aired for four weeks last spring. ABC claims 25.5 million total viewers per episode and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 for the show.
“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” returns on Jan. 7.