It is Disney Night on Dancing with the Stars! A night dedicated to reminding everyone about all those Disney movies we love (as children and adults) and promote the latest ones to hit theaters. I can almost hear the ghost of Walt whispering in my ear to go see Zootopia (still in theaters) and The Jungle Book (in theaters this Friday). The night was filled with some amazing dances and great fun (welcome back to the show Zendaya); but at the end of it all, we bid adieu to one of the competitors. Let’s get to it shall we? Going from lowest to highest scores:
Doug and Karina (Jazz) – Dancing to Mary Poppins “A Spoon Full of Sugar.” Doug improved again this week and frankly that is something I am always super excited to see each time. There were a couple of missteps and the routine was not as big of a production as all of the others featured throughout the night, but I feel like the judges beat up on him a little too much. Thankfully he was told he was safe right after being given his scores for the night. Score: 24/40
Jodie and Keo (ChaCha) – Dancing to Zootopia “Try Everything.” The actress’s dance was really good. I know the judges kept saying she was off, but really I only saw a couple of minor missteps. She was so confident in her moves and looked so comfortable with Keo that I totally didn’t see all the mistakes that were made until I re-watched the routine again. I think the judges are way too hard on her and the pressure to show them she deserves better scores is getting to her. Score: 27/40
Marla and Tony (Waltz) – Dancing to The Little Mermaid “Part of Your World.” Technically she had all the steps down, but as usual she looked stiff and robotic. That smile she had plastered on her face is one you see on an alien in human form attempting to imitate what a human smile should look like. At least the judges gave her a little bit of criticism this time. Score: 28/40
Von and Witney (Viennese Waltz) – Dancing to Cinderella “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” Spectacular dance! Von really looked marvelous on the floor as Prince Charming with the moves to match. He had a grace and elegance that cannot be taught, but he is such a gentleman and gave all the credit to Witney. That score from the judges should be so much higher. Score: 32/40
Kim and Sasha (Quickstep) – Dancing to The Jungle Book “Like You.” What a great quickstep! Such awesome energy from Kim and Sasha. Their best friendness chemistry is only rivaled by Wanya and Lindsay’s. And she kept her shoulders down like Bruno has been telling her to do! Score: 32/40
Nyle and Peta (Samba) – Dancing to Tarzan “Trash in the Can.” After watching the Top Model winner dance around in nothing but a loin cloth, I needed a minute to collect myself. He is an Adonis and a wonderful dancer to boot. The couple looked as if they just went out there and had the time of their life. I loved that Nyle could relate to the story of Tarzan and Jane learning how to communicate with each other despite learning different ways of speaking. I honestly thought he would have managed to get that 10 from someone. Score: 34/40
Wanya and Lindsay (Samba) – Dancing to The Lion King “Circle of Life” (kinda sorta, just the beginning of the song). Loving the song remix (is there a place I can download that?) and the dance. As Len said, “Well tickle my bum and call me Donald.” Wanya came out fierce and made the dance floor his kingdom. Score: 35/40
Antonio and Sharna (Jazz) – Dancing to Aladdin “Friend Like Me.” Loved the jazzed update to the look with the zoot suits which fit the song in its original incarnation perfectly. Antonio really nailed the routine and fit right in with the other male pros. He also managed to make Len happy right out the gate and that is a minor miracle on its own. Normally the first dance is judged a little too harshly, but this time I think they got it right. Score: 35/40
Ginger and Val (Foxtrot) – Dancing to Beauty and the Beast “Belle (Bonjour).” It was a really fantastic dance and I totally relate to the character of Belle too, so I get where Ginger is coming from. Val as Gaston was a little too perfect. Not that I think he is a conceded buffoon, Val just has that vibrato-ness to him that just works too well for the narrative of the story/dance. Ginger wanted to show she could have a standout performance and she delivered. Score: 36/40
Paige and Mark (Quickstep) – Dancing to Toy Story “You’ve got a Friend in Me.” My favorite competitor of the season showed up all the other contestants and closed things out with such a wonderful high note. Paige was spot on in her footing and carried herself with the grace and energy of a pro. I really thought she was going to earn the first 10 of the season after all the praise the judges gave her and I’m disappointed she didn’t get it. Next week, guys, I wanna see a 10 for Paige! Score: 36/40
Endangered Couples: Marla & Tony as well as Jodie & Keo (again).
No more references to a certain presidential candidate now that Marla and Tony have gotten the boot. To be honest she was the only competitor I was okay with seeing go home this week. From here on in, it is going to be some hard goodbyes as everyone is either really amazing or at least improving from week to week.
What did you think of last night’s Dancing with the Stars? Do you think the right couple was sent packing? Were you drooling over Nyle and his loin cloth? Next week sees the couples switching partners. I will be a day late in my recap next week because I will be at Coachella this weekend and will need a bit of recovery time afterwards. Hope to see you back here!