The "DWTS: Juniors" Judges Are Three of Your Favorite People in the World

Click through for the big reveal! (original image: ABC)

Need yet another reason to be ridiculously excited about "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors"? The latest iteration of the ballroom series, which features celeb kids performing with junior pros, will debut October 7th on ABC. And if you weren't already planning on tuning in (ha. ha.), this morning's news might change your mind: We just found out which industry stars will be judging the series, and they are literally three of our favorite people in the dance universe.


We've got Val Chmerkovskiy, the "DWTS" sweetheart who's soon to be Mr. Jenna Johnson. We've got Mandy Moore, the most wonderfully sassypants (not to mention fabulously talented) choreographer around. And we've got Adam Rippon, the Olympic darling, reigning "DWTS" champion, and master of the cheeky comeback.

Wondering how these three gorgeous people are going to vibe? Just watch their adorable joint interview from this morning's "Good Morning America," in which they judge each others' little-kid dance vids. And/or their official "DWTS" Twitter announcement video, which is all kinds of giggly:

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