Since Disney is the parent company ABC, we can always count on ABC to do Disney themes, such as The View traveling to Disney World a few weeks ago. And now this week, Dancing with the Stars is having Disney week. Former champion Alfonso Roberto returns to lead a song and dance opening dealing with Disney princes, princesses, and characters.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – They are dancing the foxtot to “Evermore” from Beauty and the Beast. She wants him to see the film so that he can connect with the dance better. This is just another dance that he does extremely well. I don’t know if he’ll get three 10s like he did last week, but he could. Len Goodman seems to agree, saying he hasn’t seen him dance a bad dance. His scores are 7, 8, 9, 8, much lower than anyone would have expected. They also find out they are safe this week.
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – He looks completely different, as he’s doing Pinocchio and has shaved off his facial hair. They are dancing jazz to “I’ve Got No Strings,” and he worries it will be emasculating and knows it will looks goofy. This is a really clever dance, so kudos to Peta, and Nick does really well with it, We’ll see if he finally gets some recognition. Julianne Hough recognizes him for getting better and better and totally committing. His scores are 9, 8, 9, 8, his highest ever! However, he and Peta are also in jeopardy.
Erica Jayne and Gleb Savchenko – She is taking her low score from last week really hard. They are doing the Viennese Waltz to “Unforgettable.” It turns out it’s a special song for her and her husband. I feel like she would do better if she wasn’t always worried about what she looks like. However, Bruno Tonioli calls it an honest performance. Her scores are 8, 8, 8, 8, and they are the second couple in jeopardy.
Heather Morris and Alan Bersten – They are dancing jazz to “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen. Maksim Chmerkovskiy still can’t dance yet, but he choreographs the dance and coaches them through it. She seems to have found he perfect dance for her, or rather Maks has. Yet Carrie Ann Inaba found it “a bit underwhelming.” Her scores are 8, 8, 9, 9. They are safe this week.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – They are gong to be characters from Wreck-It Ralph and are going to be in a video game as they do the tango. Creative photography even puts them inside a video gaming machine. Len saw a lot of the dance in hold, and that’s the key for him. His scores are 7, 8, 8, 7. Luckily for them they are safe.
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – They will be doing the paso doble to “Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan with season 9 champion Donny Osmond singing. Val likes that the movie is about martial arts and that it works well with the paso doble. This is absolutely fabulous and deserves 10s. Julianne thinks the dance showed every little girl they can do anything they want to. Her scores are 10, 9, 10, 10; however, they’re in jeopardy.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – They’re dancing the jive to “Ride” from the upcoming Cars 3. There is added pressure on him this week because with Mr. T leaving last week, he’s now the oldest guy competing. He does really well with this but is just a bit stiff for the jive. Carrie Ann is impressed that he didn’t miss a step in his footwork. His scores are 7, 7, 8 ,7, and they are also safe this week.
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – This week they’re doing jazz to “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted. She feels the same pressure as David, as she’s the oldest woman in the competition after Charo left. She seems to be loosening up more and more each week. Bruno notes she held her own despite having all the professional dancers around her. Her scores are 9, 9, 9, 9, and they are safe!
Smone Biles and and Sasha Farber – They are dancing contemporary to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. She admits to feeling overwhelmed at being pushed and also admits to not having a break since the Olympics. She does beautifully during the dance but also seems stressed at a few times during the routine. Julianne likes that Moana can’t fight who she is and feels the same way about Simone. Her scores are 9, 9, 10, 10, and they are safe as well.
Nick and Pita, Erica and Gleb, and Normani and Val take the stage for the elimination. By no one’s surprise, Normani and Val are called safe. The couple leaving the competition this week are Erika and Gleb.
Erika says it was incredible, and she had a great time. Tom Bergeron saw her say, “I told you” to Gleb, but she denies saying anything like that. Regardless, he tells her she went out on a high note.
Next week is movie dances and group dances, and it will probably be the last week for Nick and Peta. He just can’t be named to the bottom two that many times and keep staying.
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