'Dancing With the Stars: Juniors' Honey Boo Boo Admits To Flirting With Judges To Get Higher Scores

Victoria Miller

Honey Boo Boo knows her way around a competition. The Toddlers and Tiaras veteran turned Dancing With the Stars: Juniors contestant told Hollywood Life that she is ready to win a mirrorball trophy—and it sounds like she'll do whatever it takes to get one.

Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana Thompson, told the celebrity site that she enjoyed competing on the inaugural season of the ABC kiddie competition "so much." The tween reality star is partnered with rising dance star Tristan Ianiero and is being mentored by DWTS pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev.

But Honey Boo Boo paid special attention to the judges— Dancing With the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy, DWTS: Athletes champ Adam Rippon, and renowned choreographer Mandy Moore— during the pre-taped dancing competition. The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star told Hollywood Life that she even resorted to some harmless flirting.

"You kind of got to flirt with the judges! You have to always be like, 'OH MY GOD, you're an amazing judge! Doesn't that give you a better score?! Right?!"

"It was a little hard to get down the steps and get the numbers and the counts down. It took me a whole entire day to learn the counts because it was so hard. [At first] I didn't get that you had to count to the music."

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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