Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson can't keep her eyes off her dancing partner

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March 15, 2019 12:14 PM

Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has a new crush.

In a sneak peek from the upcoming season 3 premiere of Mama June: From Not to Hot, Thompson meets her Dancing with the Stars: Juniors partner for the first time — and is immediately smitten.

“Oh my god, so cute!” Thompson says after seeing her partner Tristan Ianiero, 14, and mentor Artem Chigvintsev, 36, dancing. “Wow, you do that with your body. How does it move like that?”

When Ianiero starts asking Thompson about her favorite style of dance, the usually outspoken 13-year-old reality TV star finds herself getting shy.

“What if he wants to go out, like on a date?” she asks Mama June Shannon during a confessional.

“You’re 13!” her mom, 39, shoots back, implying she’s too young to date.

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, Tristan Ianiero and Artem Chigvintsev
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When Thompson competed on the show last year, she admitted she was definitely stepping out of her comfort zone. But while she was “nervous” to embark on the journey, her excitement overruled her fear.

“I’ve never even watched the show before, to be honest,” Thompson told PEOPLE. “I wanted to do it because when they asked me, I thought this is something that I’ve never done and it’d be super fun and a great experience. So I figured, let’s do it!”

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and Mama June Shannon
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Thompson said she was able to push through any nerves or frustrations she felt during training with the support of her family.

“It meant a lot to have most of my sisters there because they both flew in from Georgia, which is like a four-hour flight,” she said. “It meant so much to have them there. And it meant a lot to have my mom there. She was so supportive. Just knowing they’re there to support me means everything.”

Season 3 of Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres Friday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET on WEtv.

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