Dancing with the Stars revealed the lineup of contestants during Tuesday night's live broadcast on ABC, and 12 celebrity kids -- including former Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star, Alana Thompson -- will take the stage when Dancing with the Stars: Juniors premieres Sunday, October 7 at 8PM ET/PT.
The celebrity participants include a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor, a professional skateboarder, an ABC comedy star, a runway model, two Disney Channel stars and the youngest boy to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Addison, age 13, was the first girl and youngest contestant ever to win MasterChef Junior at the age of 10. Winning MasterChef Junior led to multiple television and media appearances, including cooking demonstrations and interviews on the Late Late Show with James Corden, Hollywood Today Live, Good Day LA and The Steve Harvey Show. In 2015, she was cast in the ABC pilot, Dream Team, which was filmed in Spring 2016. She is currently working on her first cookbook and wants to inspire kids and adults to do what they love and to help others while doing it.
Alana, age 12, started her career on Toddlers & Tiaras when she was 5 years old and quickly rose to fame. She then starred in her own show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Now you can see her on Mama June: From Not to Hot, which is in its second season on WEtv. Alana loves being on social media, texting her friends, hanging out with family and doing her makeup.
Akash, age 9, started reading and writing at a very early age and competed in his first spelling bee when he was just 2 years old. He became a member of Mensa at 3. When he was 6 years old, he became -- and is currently -- the youngest boy ever to compete in the history of Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Ariana, age 10, is a small-but-mighty star on the rise, who just wrapped filming Disneys The One and Only Ivan, where she stars opposite Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell and Angelina Jolie. Ariana has always loved dancing and took her first class at age 2. Currently, she is playing Daphne Diaz on Disney's Stuck in The Middle and has starred in Bad Mom's Christmas and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity Wars, where she played Young Gamora.
Hudson, age 10, was born in Dayton, OH. Hudson booked his first commercial at the age of 6. Currently, he can be seen as Jake Spencer in ABC's General Hospital. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, he was cast as Andy in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and also appeared in True North, directed by Tom Nittoli, as well as Roads, Trees & Honey Bees. His other television credits include the recurring role of Jesse on Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here as well as the recurring role of Marcia Clark's son Travis on Fox's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J.Simpson. He can also be seen on Netflix's Grace and Frankie, Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Cartoon Network's Clarence, TV Land's Teachers, TNT's Major Crimes and ABC's Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy.
Jason, age 10, stars as Levi in Disney Channel's live-action comedy Raven's Home, a spinoff of the iconic comedy series That's So Raven, now in its second season. In addition to his role on Raven's Home, Jason starred in the critically acclaimed Hulu movie Becoming Bond, has guest starred in Workaholics,Teachers, Blunt TalkandSuperstore episodes and has appeared in numerous commercials. He is also featured in the Disney Channel Original Movie Freaky Friday, a contemporary musical update of the classic comedic story.
Mackenzie, age 14, was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Mackenzie has quickly become one of her generation's most influential rising stars. The singer/songwriter and actress was most recently seen starring in the YouTube series Total Eclipse, for the digital network Brat, of which she also serves as an executive producer. Her first novel, Kenzie's Rules for Life, was released on May 8.
Mandla, age 13, is the son of iconic singer/songwriter superstar Stevie Wonder, is an aspiring fashion designer who loves to draw and sketch clothing. With his five brothers, four sisters, one dog Cairo, and one exotic cat King, he is also into music and enjoys playing the piano. His parents inspire Mandla every day to be the best person he can be. With a love of travel -- he recently visited Milan and Paris -- he also likes to hang out with his friends, going to the movies and playing video games.
Miles, age 13, stars in ABC's Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed comedy series black-ish, from creator Kenya Barris. He recently wrapped production on the independent film Emmett, opposite Rita Wilson and Nora Dunn, a coming-of-age comedy directed by Bridge Stokes. In addition, Miles is a member of the Jr. NBA Leadership Council, which is a select group of NBA/WNBA players, legends, coaches and celebrities tasked with providing thought, leadership and insight as it pertains to growing the Jr. NBA brand. Miles's past credits include The Thundermans, Shameless and Raising Hope.
Sky, age 10, is known as a skateboarding and surfing phenomenon, which has led her to become a viral-video media sensation with over 50 million views. Sky, who learned to skateboard at the age of 3, is one of the youngest girls to compete and medal at a professional skateboarding competition and uses her platform in skateboarding to spread her message of positivity, empowering young girls around the world and to globally give back to children in underdeveloped areas.
Sophia, age 9, is the daughter of six-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Scottie Pippen and entrepreneur Larsa Pippen. At a young age, Sophia signed to Wilhelmina Kids and Teri B. Talent to begin pursuing a career in the world of fashion and beauty. In a short time, Sophia has catapulted herself to the top by becoming the face of Oscar De La Renta Kids and walking down the runway for childrenswear brands including Aliva Simone and KidPik during Kids Fashion Week in NYC.
Tripp, age 9, loves traveling between Alaska and Texas, where he's embraced by a large, active family, including his mother, former Dancing with the Stars contestant Bristol Palin, and grandmother Sarah Palin. He is an all-outdoors-all-the-time all-American boy. He loves fishing, four-wheeling, snow machines, dirt bikes, football, soccer, "his little sisters and God," Tripp reports! Never having danced before, Tripp looks forward to the athleticism required in this competition, and mostly just wants to have fun. About The Author:Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.