We’ve got the mirrorball Disney logo on our TVs again; one of the first things they said about this special 10th anniversary season was that they were bringing back Disney week, and now it’s here. And they up the opening this time: the castle dissolves into a real one on the stage, and out come dancers and Disney characters to “It’s a Small World After All.” The Disney characters, by the way, will run amok in the ballroom for the rest of the night. Then out come the couples, and once again, the results start up quick: Robert & Kym are called safe, and in jeopardy are the first pair to perform:
Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: Jazz; “He’s a Tramp” Lady & the Tramp. The fluff shows Suzanne having a crisis of confidence and declaring she wants to quit. Tony pep talks her out of it, and he must really have confidence in her, since after the opening of the number has them pulling up a table besides the dogs, once they get up it’s a routine that absolutely showcases her. Initially she repays him, able to do sexy and express the mood perfectly-and then her heel gets caught in her skirt, and she struggles to recover. The judges agree it’s still her best dance yet, but the mistake keeps their scores down to the same Sevens and 28 from last week.
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: Quickstep; “Step in Time” Mary Poppins. The fluff is hilarious, having Kym bringing a magic carpet bag into the studio(with Robert taking a look under the table!) and the two of them entering the ballroom via a chalk picture in the parking lot! She as Mary Poppins then floats down from the ceiling to join Robert as Bert leading a bunch of chimney sweeps. Unfortunately, his manic face is actually kind of scary, and his footwork and lack of timing is even scarier. The judges are all heartbroken, where Carrie-Ann even exclaiming, “Chim-chim-cha-boo!” and they give straight Sixes for 24.
After a truly delightful bumper featuring Buzz Lightyear in Spanish mode, we get results for three more couples. Willow & Mark are called safe, while Chris & Witney are called in jeopardy, and so are the next couple to perform:
Patti LaBelle & Artem Chingvintsev: Waltz; “When You Wish Upon a Star” Pinocchio. She’s still struggling with her knee, and it gives them serious trouble in rehearsals. Once again, he choreographs a simple routine, and lets her presence fill it. Or he would have, except images from Pinocchio are projected onto the floor, and this is the kind of magical in its simplicity routine that would’ve done better without them, though Pinocchio himself applauding on the judge’s table afterwards was kind of delightful. The judges all praise Patti’s kind of magic, but they have their technical reservations, and Len’s are strong enough he only gives a Six; Sevens from the others leave them with 27.
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Foxtrot; “Alice’s Theme” Alice in Wonderland(2010). There’s another humorous fluff where her father brings them afternoon snacks which say “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” on them, with the obvious results. Thankfully tonight they’re back to their original sizes, but the rabbit makeup Mark dons tonight actually makes him look even more ridiculous. But once you get past that, the routine he choreographs reflecting Tim Burton’s movie is kind of awesome, and Willow is the perfect Alice for it too. Except that Len accuses the concept of getting in the way of the foxtrot, and the other judges make technical criticisms as well, with Bruno suggesting Willow try a couple of ballet classes. Nonetheless he and Julianne give Nines, while the other two give Eights for 34.
Chris Soules & Witney Carson: Quickstep; “Zero to Hero” Hercules. This was a stressful week for them, Chris’ crisis of confidence had him yelling at Witney until she had one, but fortunately Alfonso Ribeiro dropped in to give them both some encouragement. But then we see this morning, when he pulled his calf, leaving his ability to dance at all tonight suddenly in doubt. Ultimately he proves able to, and in terms of the steps he gets the job done, but he’s clearly nervous throughout, and it gets to his perform. Julianne even says he needs to go back to when he was having fun with the dancing, and she and Bruno both talk about the need to connect to the music more. But Carrie-Ann apparently saw a different dance from everyone else, as she raves about it being his best yet-but all three of those judges break out the Sevens, and as they did last week they combine with a Six from Len for another 27.
The last four couples are brought out, and there’s a moment to wonder: out of these high-ranking pairs, will one of them actually be a fourth couple to be standing there at the end of the night? Nope, all four are safe.
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot; “A Whole New World” Aladdin. Foxtrot’s one of those dances where his lacking a knee is a serious problem, and while Sharna sets to work sharpening his frame and flow as much as possible, he becomes the third celebrity to have a crisis of confidence. Her pep talk is a lot of tough love, and tonight, after flying down on the carpet, he nails all the elements of the dance he can nail. But the lack of the knee remains a problem, and Sharna does so much more content than him Carrie-Ann calls them out on it, and that keeps the judge’s scores down to straight Sevens, for another 28.
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Paso Doble; “He’s a Pirate” Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Riker loves Pirates of the Caribbean, and he spends much of the fluff doing his Jack Sparrow impression. Allison, on the other hand, worries about whether Captain Sparrow is manly enough for the paso doble. But when it comes to the aggression the dance requires, Riker is very good at that, and he manages to do it while still doing his Jack Sparrow impression, and he makes it work. Bruno calls it “mad and wonderful,” and Carrie-Ann raves her head off, and the two of them break out the Ten paddles, which is how we learn that this week they have Mickey Mouse ears! Nines from the other two leave them with 38.
Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba; “Poor Unfortunate Souls” The Little Mermaid. The fluff starts with the music selection meeting, where Rumer learned she was the producers first choice for Frozen, but she suggest Nastia & Derek do that one, because she wants to play a villain! Then she even suggests to Val they practice their dance moves in the water. But she knew what she was doing; with Val as her eel henchman she nails the dance and the character of Ursula and clearly is having the time of her life. It might be Tom who sums her up best: “one good bad girl.” Bruno calls it “delicious wicked,” and Julianne calls it the best dance of the night. With three Tens(still only a Nine from Len), their 39 proves the highest score too.
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: Jazz; “Love is an Open Door” Frozen. The fluff has him taking her to Elsa’s palace, though of course that’s not really the proper setting for this particular number. This is supposed to be parodically the ultimate Disney number, and Nastia & Derek embrace that, lip syncing all the dialogue, flirting with the judges(with Olaf’s help) at one point, and just romping their merry shoes off. Carrie-Ann is a sourpuss who disapproves of the lip syncing, but Bruno calls it practically perfect in every way, and he and Julianne break out the Tens, while Nines from the other two leave them too with 38.
Chris & Witney, Patti & Artem, and Suzanne & Tony are lined up. When Patti & Artem had the highest score of the three it’s hard to believe she didn’t get enough votes, and sure enough, they’re called safe. That leaves two couples who were only a point apart, and it’s hard to guess how many votes either are getting at this point. This one could go either way…
But I think the reaction it gets when it’s announced Suzanne & Tony are out says something about how much this thighmaster spokeswoman has managed to win us over; the ballroom actually gives her a standing ovation. She tells women her age to go on hormones and calls Tony a gentleman. They then get hugged by everyone at the center of the ballroom as “It’s a Small World After All” starts to play once again.
Next week is apparently Spring Break-themed. I’m not sure I like the sound of that…