Who doesn’t like Disney? Dancing with the Stars, which airs on ABC, a Disney company, is honoring Disney tonight with all couples dancing to a Disney theme and Disney star Zendaya, who was the runner-up in season 16, coming back as a guest judge..
First up are Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess, taking on jazz and Aladdin. She notes that the judges still aren’t happy with their performances, so she knows they need to change something. With four male pro dancers behind him, Antonio blends right in and keeps up just great. Len Goodman feels like the dancer finally came out. Zendaya says she was smiling the whole time. Bruno Tonioli thinks Antonio could have been a rockette, while Carrie Ann Inaba calls him a smooth operator. They gets scores of 9, 8, 9, 9.
Marla Maples discusses how tough it was after last week’s jive because she’s suffered a lot of loss in the past few years. She and Tony Dovolani are doing a Little Mermaid version of a waltz. This could be her dance; she seems very elegant. Zendaya thought it was fluid, soft, and sweet, and Bruno also calls her elegant. Carrie Ann thinks she has the most elegance and grace of all the women. Len calls it another solid performance. Her scores are all 7s.
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd will be doing Tarzan to the delight of women everywhere and will being doing samba as a genre. He notes that when Tarzan and Jane met they couldn’t understand each other like he and Peta. Shirtless, he does a back bend to start it off. Bruno declares that the Lord of the Jungle is now Lord of the Dance. Carrie Ann compares him to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland. Len jokes that he and Nyle are alike in their bodies. Zendaya notes that everyone had fun watching them. The scores are 8, 8, 9, 9.
Last week Doug Flutie was at the bottom of the leaderboard. This week he and Karina Smirnoff are doing a jazz routine to Mary Poppins. He gets frustrated in rehearsals and breaks his cane. He’s no Dick Van Dyke, but he does well considering he was at the bottom last week, but the routine seems a bit manic. Carrie Ann doesn’t think they delivered on a good routine. Len likes that he got into the character of the dance. Zendaya says yes there were mistakes, but he needs to move on. Bruno thinks the medicine kicked in halfway through. HIs scores are all 6s, and he finds out that he’s safe this week, surprisingly.
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber are doing The Jungle Book this week in the style of the quickstep. For trying to get the quick stepsin, he tells her to imagine they are in the jungle escaping. I think it would look more elegant if she wasn’t wearing what looks like combat boots. Len calls it zippity-doo-dah. Zendaya thought it looked like they were having a lot of fun. Bruno calls her the fastest girl in the jungle. Carrie Ann says the two of them bring magic to every routine with the way they work so well together. Their scores reflect this: all 8s.
Dancing the cha cha to Zootopia are Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe. They’ll be dancing with animation, and she calls it difficult, but her kids get to come in and watch her which she loves. She reminds me a lot of Bindi Iriwn with her energy. Zendaya notes there were some mistakes, but she did it with a smile on her face. Bruno believes she covered it to the best of her ability. Carrie Ann asks what happened, and Jodie says she couldn’t hear the music. Len says it was not underwhelming. Their scores are 7, 6, 7, 7.
Von Miller and Witney Carson wants to get back in a football mindset to come back from his low score. They’ll be doing Cinderella and the Viennese Waltz. He definitely dances like Prince Charming. Bruno is totally enchanted with his improvements over last week. Carrie Ann says he was like a champion and adorable. Len thought he was fab this week, and Zendaya found him really graceful. The scores are all 8s.
Ginger Zee wants to improve the scores this week, but Val Chmerkovskiy wants more to get to the top of the leaderboard. They’ll be doing Beauty and the Beast in the style of the foxtrot. There’s a lot of story here and not as much dancing until one third of the way through. Carrie Ann calls it ridiculously good. Len compares it to a tasty dish, while Zendaya compares it to watching a Broadway musical. Bruno thinks Ginger was playing the part to perfection. They get scores of all 9s.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold will be taking on the Lion King, and he has a fire under him to do this samba after not being at the top of the leaderboard last week. It’s a really cool routine, and he deserves the top of the leaderboard. Len says the competition is now really owning up. Zendaya thinks they did the Lion King justice. Bruno calls him a magnificent beast. Carrie Ann thinks he over-danced it in the beginning. His scores are 8, 9, 9, 9.
Last up are Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas who are doing Toy Story and the quickstep. She feels the song is perfect for them. This is complete with green Army men as their backup dancers. It’s the third dance in a row that is done extremely well. Zendaya says it was really clean. Bruno says it was so unexpected creatively. Carrie Ann thinks Paige’s athleticism carried her through, and Len explains this ended with a happy note just like a Disney movie. Their scores are all 9s.
The bottom two couples are Marla and Tony and Jodie and Keo. Everyone else is safe. The couple going home are Marla and Tony. She says this has been the most incredible experience and of course gives props to Tony. At least she’s leaving on a good note.
Image Credit: YouTube>