By Kim Krober
Every season of Dancing with the Stars, I look forward to the magic of Disney Night. This year didn't disappoint with that Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious opening number choreographed down the Main Street of Disneyland. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy were all in the ballroom to cheer on the contestants, and we also got occasional glimpses of Tinker Bell and a special Frozen II dance from the pros. But can we talk about the fact that you can build your own custom droid at Galaxy's Edge because I'm seriously geeking out about that!?
Let's see how your favorites did during this fantastic fifth week of competition:
A Viennese Waltz set to "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella? My jealousy for Sailor grew as I watched her ride in a glass pumpkin carriage at Disney down to that gorgeous dress she wore during her dreamy waltz with Val. Len thought it was as light and fluffy as a souffle, while Bruno called her the belle of the ball. Light, fluid, and elegant were all words he used to describe her dance. Carrie Ann got emotional watching her full-body performance, saying the magic of Disney was definitely at work.
I still can't believe Karamo was in the bottom two last week. Seeing him dance a Samba to "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King was total redemption. Bruno wanted to hear him roar, telling him he attacked it like a leader even though he lacked elasticity. Carrie Ann enjoys watching him radiate joy, but she could tell he lost his balance. Len called it fun and joyful but said it was too stompy and that Karamo took a while to recover in spots. How cute was Karamo as the proud dad though?
Mary Poppins is my all-time favorite Disney movie, and I was excited to see Kate and Pasha dance to "A Spoonful of Sugar" in a Jazz routine. I loved, loved, loved it - everything from her entrance down from the ceiling to her cheeky disposition and all the chimney sweeps dancing around her. Carrie Ann loved the Quickstep beginning and admired them for being in sync, but then she fell out of her chair in one of the most bizarre moments I've ever witnessed on this program. Len liked the Polka and Charleston bits, calling it a sweet and delicious routine. Bruno said the medicine worked wonders, enjoying all the personality and content. Pasha is really growing on me too!
Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Quickstep
Sean and Lindsay looked like they were having a great time dancing a Quickstep to "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story, although I'm not sure you could call it quick exactly. Len liked the heel leads and his frame, complimenting him on his hold and for not taking the easy route. Bruno said it was a better effort, giving him credit for improving. Carrie Ann called it his best dance in the competition, saying they're not skimping on the choreography or character.
Ally and Sasha were tasked with a Contemporary dance set to the titular "Beauty & The Beast." It was as beautiful as her sparkly yellow dress. Bruno thanked her for one and a half minutes of pure happiness, commending her for throwing herself into every feeling and moment. Carrie Ann loves her authentic shapes, saying she can tell she dances from her heart. Len said it was as smooth as butter on a hot muffin, admiring the lifts, emotion, and passion. It was enough to earn Ally the first 9's and the highest scores of the season!
Ariel is my favorite princess too! Lauren and Gleb danced an adorable Samba to "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid. Where can I get colorful jellyfish like that for my ceiling? Carrie Ann recognized how hard the Samba is, praising her for having the right timing and movement. Len liked the content among all the frivalry, while Bruno called it fabulous. The reactions seemed a bit mixed, so when Carrie Ann and Bruno pulled out 8's, I was a little surprised.
I'm not a fan of High School Musical, but I am a fan of Kel and Witney. Their Jazz routine to "We're All in This Together" was high-octane fun from start to finish. Len called it a dance that was well-suited to Kel's strengths. Bruno said he's graduated to the top of the class but cautioned him about carrying that energy over to the rest of his dances in this competition. Carrie Ann said he led that number like the champ he is. It was enough to earn him two 9's and an 8 from the judges and to catapult him to the upper half of the leader board!
"A Whole New World" is one of my favorite songs from my childhood and Aladdin. Hannah's Foxtrot was mesmerizing thanks to the starry, foggy backdrop and colorful costumes, but not as amazing as watching their package from Galaxy's Edge! Bruno said it was radiant and enchanting, likening it to a magic carpet ride he wanted to go on forever. Carrie Ann called it a stunning showcase. Len said she's fantastic in hold, but he was not a fan of all the swooshes. I would have to agree with host Erin Andrews who quipped that Len could use some pixie dust. Is he trying to boost ratings by being more cantankerous than ever, or is he just getting sick of doing the show?
James channeled his inner swashbuckler for a smoldering Paso Doble inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean. Carrie Ann loved the drama, dynamics, and energy exchanges. Len called it aggressive but noted certain movements could be stronger. Bruno said it was a big hit for him, echoing my sentiments about the dance. It was amazing seeing Mr. and Mrs. Leery from Dawson's Creek in the crowd rooting for Dawson (James) this week!
After such a fun-filled night, it would have been tough to see anyone go home short of their dreams. Luckily for us, nobody went home on Disney Night! But that probably spells a heartbreaking double elimination in the cards next week. How did your favorites fare this week?
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