There are no Disney kids in this season of “Dancing with the Stars,” but the producers have found a way to promote Disney products: Season 18 Week 5 is Disney Night.
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck don’t show up and neither does Captain Jack Sparrow, but there are, of course, Disney princesses and a villainess.
The show did have an opening number to “Step in Time” from “Mary Poppins.”
The first competitors were the weakest couple: Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke. You probably never think of Drew Carey as being a dashing thief. But a comedian? Of course. So why not have him as a possible Genie. Robin Williams voiced the Genie in “Aladdin.” And he gets to dance with the animated Genie and the lamp does appear. Is this silly?
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess get to be Mary Poppins and Bert in a jazz humber. They had props–she had an umbrella and he had a cane to there was a lot of business with the canes and White did miss his cane. Instead of animated characters, they had other dances as the Salvation Army. Head judge Len Goodman loved this piece, but the others loved it only slightly less. Goodman gave them a 10. The other judges, including guest judge Season 9 winner Donny Osmond gave the couple nines. Is this song really jazz?
Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy received three tens for their very Broadway-style quickstep. They had help for their production number–dancing chefs/waiters and plates.
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough didn’t need extra dancers or cartoon elements for Cinderella. They created magi. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said so. Inaba didn’t deduct for the lift and amazed by the rise-and-fall of the waltz feeling that Amy Purdy was able to show without the ability to have heel or toe leads because of her artificial feet. Osmond gave them a 10 and the other judges scored them with nines. Goodman wanted to see more in hold but that was a minor point.
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson got the party going in a samba from “The Lion King.” I didn’t feel the samba and I noticed that Simpson has a problem in common with Drew Carey–they keep their mouths open throughout the dance. Simpson was criticized by Osmond. Osmond didn’t see any joy from Simpson. Tonioli thought there needed to be more bounce and had a naughty thing that he shared with Osmond. Inaba had to hush them.
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani decided to bring out the bad in Disney. NeNe Leakes went fashionably black and white with red gloves and a red underskirt because she was Cruella De Ville. Leakes was sassy in her evilness.
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd dance contemporary to “Let It Go” and Murgatroyd was the Ice Queen and changed the story a bit. There was some Disney magic with growing ice towers and lots of lifts. I have to say that Maslow did well on the lifts which were advanced. And his scores showed it. Even Goodman thought they deserved a ten. Just how DO you judge contemporary? What would be a mistake?
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy went wild. Davis was a girl in the purple dress while Maksim was Mowgli grown up on steroids and they did a samba. They got to dance next to the animation of King Louie and Balloo. It was gimmicky but because didn’t have a shirt on that wasn’t much of a distraction.
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas portrayed the Little Mermaid and a lobster. I think the red wig might have been a bit much for Bure. Of course, nothing is too much for Ballas, even lobster claw hands.
In the end, it wasn’t the lowest scoring team from the last two weeks that was eliminated. It was Cody–the guy who moonwalked during his tango. Not enough fans with American phone numbers?
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
- 40 (10, 10, 10, 10)
- “Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- 39 (10, 9, 10, 10)
- “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast”
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough
- 37 (9, 9, 10, 9)
- “So This Is Love” from “Cinderella”
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
- 37 (9, 10, 9, 9)
- “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins”
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
- “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from “The Jungle Book”
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
- 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
- “Cruella de Vil” from “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
- 35 (8, 9, 9, 9)
- “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid”
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson
- 34 (9, 8, 8, 9)
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King”
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke :
- 28 (7, 7, 7, 7)
- “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin”
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