I mean, it is Disney Night! After an entertaining, yet repetitive, opening from Alfonso Ribeiro that bashed us over the head with how magical Disney is, the competitors got down to the business of ball room.
As much as I love this week (I know it doesn’t sound like it, but I do), it has become gratuitous in promoting movies in or about to be released in theaters (Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3, Wreck-It-Ralph 2), or on DVD (Moana, Finding Dory). It can become a little tiresome to hear Tom Bergeron shoehorn in a “this movie hits theaters” or “buy it on DVD and Blu-ray!” Probably a good thing they do this theme every other season.
I am waiting on a Star Wars or Marvel themed dance. Those two properties are owned by Disney too! Give us geeks some fun.
Recap time! Starting with the couple with the lowest scores:
David and Lindsay (Jive to “Ride” from Cars 3) – My favorite couple is struggling. The retired pro-ball player is feeling his age now that Mr. T is gone and practicing for the jive has really worn him out. It is a tough dance, but David managed to pull it off on Monday night. He didn’t miss a step, which is a feat on its own. The energy wasn’t quite there, you could tell he was reaching that exhaustion wall by that point. But he still brought the fun! Score: 29/40
Bonner and Sharna (Tango to “When Can I see you again?” from Wreck-It-Ralph) – These two needed some fun after the heaviness of last week. Luckily, they had a tango and a charming song to go with it. There were times where Bonner fell just a half-step behind Sharna. The bull rider hasn’t quite mastered his feet yet. But he was full of personality, something he lacked big time with his Charleston in Vegas Week, and looked like he was having a ball on the floor. More of that please! Score: 30/40
Erika and Gleb (Viennese Waltz to “Unforgettable” from Finding Dory) – The reality star did this week what she should have done last week, found the emotional connection to the song. After finding out they were in jeopardy just before taking the floor, Erika delivered a beautifully poignant Viennese Waltz. It was really lovely to see the real Erika and not this crafted “reality” personality she has been hiding behind. Score: 32/40
Rashad and Emma (Foxtrot to “Evermore” from Beauty and the Beast) – The producers must hate Emma and Rashad. “Evermore” is a great song, but it is not easy for a choreographer. The tempo changes alone are brutal. But Emma rose to the challenge a created such a beautiful routine. While Rashad is a great dancer and did an amazing job last night, he is better when he has a story of his own to tell with the dance. Hopefully he can find a way to connect to the other stories being told, or find a way to relate so he doesn’t lose momentum. Score: 32/40
Heather and Alan (Jazz to “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen) – Adorable routine that shows off how expressive of an actress Heather is. The judges are tripping over themselves to find faults so it doesn’t look like favoritism. Score: 34/40
Nick and Peta (Jazz to “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio) – I honestly didn’t recognize the Bachelor star without his beard. Like Erika, Nick had to dance just moments after being told he is endanger of elimination in an outfit that made him look so ridiculous. At least he went with it. Thankfully Peta’s choreography was able to use Nick’s awkward personality and movements to her advantage. This is his best dance of the competition so far. A great breakthrough, but will he be able to carry that to next week? Score: 24/40
Nancy and Artem (Jazz to “That’s how you know” from Enchanted) – Nancy has a process. She frets and freaks out up until the night of, then she kills it on the floor. I imagine she was like that back in her figure skating days. She just strikes me as that kind of person who doubts everything she does so it pushes her to do better each time. In their first big production number, the Olympian stood out (in a good way) from the pack of back up pro-dancers and lead the group in a really adorable number. She has really transformed herself with each dance. Score: 36/40
Simone and Sasha (Contemporary to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana) – The Olympian had a big breakthrough last week and Sasha doesn’t want to lose that energy, but Simone is feeling the pressure from Sasha to keep being towards the top. But it must work because Simone turned in another beautiful and inspiring performance that really helped to tell the story of a young woman finding her own way. Score: 38/40
Normani and Val (Paso Doble to “I’ll Make a Man out of You” from Mulan) – Loved, loved, loved the mixture of martial arts and the paso. Such a perfect blend to create “Combat Choreography” as the singer put it. It was tough, yet so elegant. Fun and full of amazing content. Val really pulled out the stops for this one. Score: 39/40
After a great night for the competitors, it was down to the hard part. One star has to be sent home.
Couples in Jeopardy:
Nick & Peta, Erika & Gleb, and Normani & Val (I’m really surprised about her, I thought she had a huge following)
Erika and Gleb
Her breakthrough came a week too late, but she went out on a high note. The Housewives star took her boot from the ball room with dignity, but I’m sure she saw it coming.
Next week is another new concept as they do Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups for the group dances. I’m sure the producers aren’t doing this to show off Normani and Fifth Harmony some more to bring in the younger viewers. They would never stoop to pandering for ratings.
What did you think of last night’s DWTS? Did you enjoy Disney Night? Which was your favorite dance? Do you think the right couple went home? Talk to me in the comment section below.