Disney night is my all time favorite night that DWTS does! Nothing better than watching some dancing while getting to re-live your childhood.
Guest Judge- Zendaya Coleman. *Spoiler Alert: She talks about herself.
This Week’s Lineup:
1. Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess- Jazz
“Friend Like Me”- Aladdin
I genuinely enjoyed watching this dance. Was it very difficult? No. Did the backup dancers help make Antonio look a lot more coordinated? Yes. Was Antonio lip syncing the song at times? Most definitely. Really fun choreography though. Great way to start the night and some great music from Aladdin. What else could you need? *Maybe some looser fitting pants for Sharna.
– We get it, girl’s got legs. Jasmine would never approve.
Judges scores: 9, 8, 9, 9
My Score: 8- Fun number but not difficult enough to merit a 9.
2. Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani- Waltz
“Part of Your World”- The Little Mermaid
I can’t be the only one who noticed that they weren’t dancing to a waltz. Viennese waltz maybe, but waltz was a HUGE stretch. That aside, this was an average number. Great song, fine choreo, but nothing really special about it. Marla was a little stiff and awkward and it looked like her smile was botoxed onto her face. That being said, I would pay big money to be able to dance that well and look that good in a mermaid costume at 52. Spoiler alert: She’s out of here.
– Nothing like trying to hold onto your dignity while being voted off in a mermaid costume.
Judges Scores: 7, 7, 7, 7
My Score: 7- The score that you give a forgettable number.
**Let’s take a break to do some male striptease with a cartoon tiger, because that’s what disney night is all about.
– Hip thrusts are GRRREAT!
3. Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd- Samba
“Trashin’ the Camp”- Tarzan
Nyle + loin cloth = Awesome number! It’s the first number of the night with any actual ballroom content! Peta packed in a whole lot of samba goodness in there and they weren’t bronze level moves people! I mean they did REVERSE ROLLS for crying out loud! Nyle did an awesome job with picking up the samba technique, although he was a little bouncy at times. And is it just me or is it a little awkward to watch a grown man’s skinny legs doing the samba?
–Ending in the tent…Tarzan fantasy suite anyone? #Awkward #WaltDisneydoesnotapprovethismessage
Judges Scores: 8, 8, 9, 9,
My Score: 9. – A 10 goes to whoever decided to put Nyle in a loin cloth.
4. Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff-Jazz A.K.A whatever the freak you want to do.
“Spoonful of Sugar”- Mary Poppins
Doug Flutie seems like a really nice guy with a pretty bad temper which can be said about the majority of football players. Unfortunately he just can’t dance. It’s amazing to me that someone coordinated enough to play pro football can’t even pick up the Charleston. Karina did just about everything she could for the poor guy. Added some magic and lots of lifts to make him look strong. Unfortunately it just made for a jumbled mess of a routine. Better luck next time, although I doubt he will stick around for much longer.
Judges Scores: 6, 6, 6, 6
My Score: 6- Obviously the score you’re supposed to give to someone with no hope
5. Kim Fields & Sasha Farber- Quickstep
“I wanna be like you”- Jungle Book
Great number! It’s hard to make a quickstep interesting but I thought Sasha did a great job of making it fun. Shout out to Kim for holding up her frame the whole dance! I thought she was super energetic and it actually looked like she was having fun. Which is a look that I’m surprised more of the actresses can’t pull off. This was one of the first dances I have ever thought the backup dancers were unnecessary in. What were they even supposed to be? And why would a tiger be showing off her bra? Are sexy tigers a thing now?
Judges Scores: 8, 8, 8, 8
My Score: 8- Sometimes the judges get it right.
6. Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
“Burn Up the Dance” -Zootopia
WHY?! Why do the producers ever think it’s a good idea to have a character dance with them? It’s distracting and it’s just weird. Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. I think Jodie is a pretty great dancer. Yes, she could work on her stage presence and yes, her boobs are a little too big to not be distracting, but really she is pretty dang good. It’s just that nobody notices that because Keo choreographs the most boring dances in the history of ever. I’m not a hater! Keo is an amazing dancer and a fine specimen of a man but the poor boy cannot seem to put any life into his dances at all. Luckily we get a partner switch next week!
-Body rolls Keo? And why the sudden need to make animals sexy?
Judges scores: 7, 6, 7, 7
My Score: Jodie- 7, Keo- 4, Gazelle- -10
7. Von Miller & Witney Carson- Viennese Waltz
“A Dream is a Wish” -Cinderella
Love, love, loved this number! I know I’m not the only one who wanted to be Witney and do some natural turns with Von. First off, Witney as Cinderella was just perfect. Standing ovation for the costume department! And VON! He was looking so smooth and so in control of everything. It was subtle but he even did a nice little arabesque pose and managed to still look like a man while doing it. Not an easy feat!
-Can I be Whitney for Halloween?
Judges Scores: 8, 8, 8, 8
My Score: 9 – The judges must have missed the arabesque
8. Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy- Foxtrot
“Belle (Bonjour)”- Beauty and the Beast
OH MY GOODNESS! THIS IS DISNEY WEEK! Everyone loved this routine. Was it mostly just acting? Yes. Was it more of a tango than a foxtrot at times? Yes. Did anybody care? No. Because that was just too much fun. I have a hard time believing that Val choreographed that all on his own but if he did then hats off to him! I’m not sure the other contestants could have pulled it off the way Ginger did either. How can someone be so cute and so poised at the same time?
-I want to hate her but I think she might actually be my best friend.
Judges Score: 9, 9, 9, 9
My Score: 10 – Just because I can
9. Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold- Samba
“Circle of Life” -Lion King
This number was good. The only reason it wasn’t great was that I was distracted by Wanya’s terrible costume. Who thought it would be a good idea to put a big man in an even bigger fur coat and pants? I couldn’t help but wonder how heavy it was and how hot he must be the whole time. Wanya nailed it but I wasn’t nearly as entertained as the judges seemed to be. Although he ROCKED that bachacata section so he definitely gets points in my book for that!
–Fat guy in a..big coat?
Judges Scores: 8, 9, 9, 9
My Score: 8
10. Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas- Quickstep
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” -Toy Story
Super cute. Mark choreographed a great number and Paige did a great job. Because Paige is so good I can’t help but watch her and critique her like an actual professional dancer. I notice things like her left shoulder tends to creep forward when she is in promenade and her heel leads are pretty lacking, but in all honesty, she is just too good. It was just the cherry on top to add the cool army guys.
-No matter how hard you try, you’ll never be as good as Paige.
Judges Scores: 9, 9, 9, 9
My Score: 9 – Mostly because the gyrating on the floor part was weird #Letsbehonest
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-So there you have it folks. Another week, another dance. Till next week!