By Joanne Rosa
Get ready for a magical night as the stars dance to Disney hits with special performances.
Alfonso helped open the night by singing an original number by Disco 78 dedicated to all of the Disney characters and cast.
Nick doesn’t get to be prince charming tonight. He takes off several years in preparation for his dance this week, where he manifests his inner Pinocchio.
There were plenty of mixed reviews from his followers, but he only cared about five of them: Carrie Ann, Len, Julianne, Bruno, and fiancé Vanessa. We can’t blame him.
Alan, you’re fired! Seriously though, Heather Morris doesn’t need you anymore. Week six will bring the return of Maks! Maks has been sitting on the bench since week two of DWTS. Maks is recovering faster than expected, and is ready to hit the dance floor next week!
Now that Mr. T is gone, David is the oldest guy in the competition. This brings new meaning to team #LadyandtheGramp. Between all of his travels, and his aging muscles, he struggled this week. Without enough rest moving forward, this could end very badly for David.
Nancy does this thing, where she freaks out that she isn’t good enough the entire week before the competition. She told Erin it’s just a part of her process. Nancy is an Olympian—we trust whatever she does! Her anxiety is similar to David’s, because she’s the oldest woman in the competition. If she hadn’t said it out loud, it would have never crossed our minds. Nancy always doubts herself, but the judges and her fans think she’s a winner.
Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
“Evermore” by Josh Groban from Walt Disney Pictures’ Beauty and the Beast
We could watch Rashad dance for evermore! Rashad had trouble getting into the dance during rehearsal, and was uncomfortable dancing to this song, but adjusted as best as he could. Len admitted that it was hard to keep beat with this song, and his footing could have been better, but he thinks he did wonderful. All of the judges agreed that the song was difficult to dance to, but overall he danced well.
Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
“I’ve Got No Strings” as sung by Dickie Jones from Pinocchio
Before their dance, Tom and Erin revealed that Nick and Peta were in jeopardy. Maybe Nick’s beard was weighing him down this whole time! Nick showed the judges that he really can dance. The judges were smiling ear-to-ear, even Len! Carrie Ann believed this was Nick’s breakthrough. He totally owned that Pinocchio costume. Nick and Peta had nothing to lose, and it all paid off. They received their highest score yet! Nick looked like a kid seeing the Magic Kingdom for the first time when he saw the scores.
Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko
“Unforgettable” by Sia from Finding Dory
With Erika being in the bottom for two weeks in a row (including this week), she will do anything to make herself unforgettable. The judges noticed that something has “awoken” in her tonight. It’s like we are seeing Erika dance for the first time! Being at the bottom has motivated her more than ever to get to the top. Erika said it herself, “I had no choice.”
Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy Alan Bersten
“For the First Time in Forever” by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell from Frozen
Even though Maks is still unable to perform, he wanted to be a part of the dance, so he created the choreography. Carrie Ann was anticipating a jazz performance from Heather because it is her specialty, but she saw the whole routine as a missed opportunity. Carrie Ann corrected herself, saying that it was no fault of hers, but it was more so the choreography. Len agreed with Carrie Ann on the missed opportunity. Julianne and Bruno completely disagreed with Carrie Ann and Len. They thought it was a lively, jazzy, and well executed.
Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
“When Can I See You Again?” by Owl City from Wreck-It Ralph
Bruno admitted that this dance put a strain on his body. It’s difficult for him to bend and move how he wants to, but he got into character to make up for his lack of movement. Len was the first to speak up, and commended Bonner and Sharna for not taking the easy way out by skipping around playing games the whole time. The judges united in saying that the tango was there, and it was done well. Bruno remarked to not be so “two dimensional.” Carrie Ann also alluded to the same issue, saying he needs to be more dynamic.
Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” as sung by Donny Osmond from Mulan
Was anyone else surprised to see Normani and Valentin in jeopardy this week? They have been killing it with their dance scores, but apparently not with the votes. Lucky for Normani, Mulan was her favorite Disney movie growing up. She showed everyone tonight that you don’t need to be a man to excel at what you put your mind to! Bruno loved Normani’s power, precision, intensity, and dedication to character. Carrie Ann called the dance perfection.
BEST SCORE: 39/40
David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
“Ride” as sung by ZZ Ward from Cars 3
The jive is a fast paced dance, and it took everything David had to keep up. Luckily for him, Carrie Ann paid close attention to his footwork, and said he didn’t miss a step. Being that as it may, Len brought him back down to reality by criticizing him for his flat feet. Julianne was in agreement with the flat feet comment, but there isn’t so much he can do about that. Sometimes people just have flat feet! Despite receiving one of his lowest scores, he said this dance was the most fun so far. We will assume that’s because of the red racing suit, and not the three hot chicks dancing around him.
Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
“That’s How You Know” by Amy Adams from Enchanted
Nancy looked like one of the pros this week. She was nervous with all of the professional dancers around her, but the judges thought she was the epitome of a Disney princess. She was as light as a feather, and held her own against the pros on the floor, according to Bruno.
Simone Biles with Sasha Farber
“How Far I’ll Go” as sung by Auli’i Cravalho from Moana
Simone is the second best Moana after the original, Auli’i Cravalho! Len started off the commentary by praising Sasha for his great choreography in this routine. Simone finally presented her gymnastics skills to the DWTS viewers; Bruno is now convinced gravity applies to her. Carrie Ann complimented Simone for being able to bring power and beauty together for this dance.
This week, DWTS revealed who was in jeopardy throughout the show. Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko, Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd, and Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy are at the bottom. First safe couple… Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy! With Nick and Erika at the bottom again, it could be either one of them going home. Nick is given another chance, and Erika was sent home.
Although Erika denied it, we are pretty sure she had a feeling she would be going home tonight. She whispered, “I told you,” to partner Gleb. When Tom called her out on it, she just said thanks for the experience. Erika is bitter, to say the least.