Dancing with the Stars recap: Disney Week

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Season 24, Episode 5

It’s Disney week, everyone! That means Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a pair of little kid dancers, a ton of JV dancers in sequins, and the entire cast dance with the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy substituting for Pluto) in single-camera choreography that sort of makes me crazy. How’s that for a run-on sentence?

This is my favorite week of the entire season. I love Disney. That’s probably why I have no problem with Julianne fixing her hair exactly like a modern-day Tinkerbell. Let’s sprinkle some pixie dust and recap this business!

Rashad and Emma
“Evermore” from Beauty and the Beast
Rashad and Emma can do no wrong in my opinion. He looked dashing in his royal blue suit and Emma looked exactly like a blonde Belle in her traditional yellow ballroom dance dress. I thought it was full of grace and completely lovely. There were twirls, dips, and even a part where Rashad grabbed on of Emma’s legs and arms and flung her around like a little kid pretending to be a helicopter. Even though I thought they did a decent job, I do agree with the judges that “Evermore” (a song the Beast sings in the new 2017 version of the movie) has a weird cadence. Read: It’s very hard to keep the beat. However, I didn’t think that he was all over the map as the judges did. Are they trying to knock him down a few pegs since he dominated last week? I’m not sure, but I don’t think he deserved the low score he received.
Bruno’s Best Line: You danced to the “beast” of the story.

After Rashad and Emma’s performance, Tom announced that they were safe for the next week. Who needs everyone to group together as pairs to wait for the red lights?

I’ll tell you who: Heather, Erika, Bonner, and Nick. These four jokers take the stage and wait for the red lights of doom. Erin lets everyone know that half are safe and half are not. And the red light goes to? Nick and Erika.

That was not a surprise to me. Nick doesn’t have the dance moves, and Erika didn’t have a great routine last week with her “Express Yourself” debacle.

Sadly, Nick and Peta have to go from the red light to the dance floor. Have fun punching out a jazz number, knowing it could all be for nothing, you crazy kids!

Nick and Peta
“I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio
Nick shaved the beard so he could look more like a little boy. Well, that worked. He could pass for a college kid, easy. Nick knows that he’s at the bottom, and really wants to get better. Peta knows the only way to do that is to choreograph something that is silly, where he doesn’t take himself too seriously. This made me very, very nervous.

In my humble opinion, other than the cool NCYNC inspired puppet strings at the beginning, Nick’s jazz was a hot mess. He was slack jawed most of the routine. I kept willing him to shut his trap, but it rarely happened. There was a can-can portion with some JV dancers. There were canes. There were flips and theatrics. There was no order. In fact, I thought it was chaotic. The judges, however, thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. The words “breakthrough” and “fantastic” were used to describe what I had just witnessed. And get this: He received a HIGHER score than Rashad. What…in…the…world?
Bruno’s Best Line: You’re not wooden anymore! What was stirring last week is now exploding.

Erika and Gleb
Viennese Waltz
“Unforgettable” from Finding Dory
Maybe I was in a bad mood last night, but I had issues with this song choice. “Unforgettable” doesn’t scream Disney to me. Was this really the only track from the entire Disney catalog that could be choreographed for a Viennese Waltz? Is this just a way to remind the audience that they had a sequel to Finding Nemo? Why am I bothered by this is the better question.

Erika breaks down because she’s never experienced disappointment before. To help his partner cope, Gleb hugs her for 30 minutes and then choreographs a pretty waltz that is set under the sea. Some of their moves resembled swimming movements, which was uncomfortable for no one except me. I loved Erika’s pink sparkly dress. Is she supposed to be a jellyfish? There was also a clear and present danger of her boobs falling out. Thanks to the confetti bomb that ended the number, we were saved from all that exposure. The judges said they liked her, but the numbers didn’t prove it.
Bruno’s Best Line: There’s the woman behind the mask. See your honesty and fragility.

Heather and Alan
“for the First Time in Forever” from Frozen
Alan is still playing the part of Maks, as well as Kristof in Maks’ version of Frozen. Heather is Anna and is terrified to be the guinea pig of Maks’ new lift that he made up. BRING IN THE MATS! The goal is to focus on the characters and make it just like the movie.

Boy, did they hit the target. I don’t have a problem with the genre of jazz dipping into the musical theater part of the dance wheel, and if anyone can pull this off it is Heather. She can twirl forever. She can kick. She does the lift. The snow is magical. I enjoyed it thoroughly. This go around, the judges were split down the middle. Half of them wanted Heather to excel in her jazz roots, while the others were stoked that she stuck to the origin of the character. Heather was cool either way. She and Maks and Alan for that matter, all know that she is clearly the best dancer/performer, and will be climbing uphill until the end of time. She’s choosing to let it go.
Bruno’s Best Line: You were vibrant, alive. It was clearly a character-driven performance.
Writer’s Note: THIS IS THE SAME SCORE AS NICK AND PETA. Inconceivable.

Bonner and Sharna
“When Can I See You Again” from Wreck-It-Ralph
Let me drop some facts on you: 1.) Bonner is really good at structured dances. 2.) He also has a habit of projecting one facial expression. 3.) I personally haven’t seen Wreck-It-Ralph more than once, and feel that most people may not have an emotional connection to the movie. This may result in Bonner being in the bottom next week. The dance was well executed, but I was bored and don’t remember anything from the performance today. That’s not a good sign.
Bruno’s Best Line: You did not wreck the tango, that’s for sure.

Once again, Tom looks upon four couples, ready to announce that one is in jeopardy. Simone is safe. David is safe. Nancy is safe. And poor Normani finds herself in the red light of doom. Bless her, she and Val have to go dance right after this disturbing news. It’s a good thing they SLAYED it.

Normani and Val
Pado Doble
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan
Yes, yes, yes! This song is MY JAM. Asking the one and only Donny Osmond to sing it live on stage? I may have stood up.

Val adds some combat choreography and a few JV male dancers to the show and BOOM! We have a winner. It was sharp, strong, had amazing content, and all sorts of color guard twirling with sticks. Normani has legitimate kicks. She attacked the floor with fierce intention. The judges agreed with me.
Bruno’s Best Line: You were fierce, conquering, powerful!

David and Lindsay
“Ride” from Cars 3
This is the portion of our show when Disney pimps out its new summer movie, Cars 3. Call me crazy, but I didn’t know there was a Cars 2. Does that make me a bad Disney fan?

David picks up his World Series ring and then busts a gut learning a very fast jive. David tells us it is physically and mentally hard to keep this pace up. But as the oldest guy in the pack, he has to try even harder. There were 9,000 JV dancers to help Lindsay try and mask David’s lack of sharp footwork. There was a lot of flash and pizazz and very little jive. But I get it. Also, Lindsay looked great in her spandex.
Bruno: Oh, Lightning McQueen. You need an oil change and your engine retuned.

Nancy and Artem
“That’s How You Know” from Enchanted
Nancy was speaking my language when she said that dancing around all the young JV girls was extremely intimidating. Holla! This brought her to tears. Artem hugs them out of her until stage rehearsal, where she starts crying again. But she is Nancy Freaking Kerrigan and she is a professional! It also doesn’t hurt that she looks a lot like Amy Adams as Giselle in the movie. Like Heather, Nancy’s routine was very theatrical and character driven. I thought it was lovely.
Bruno’s Best Line: I couldn’t understand his accent. But using context clues, I can tell he liked it.

Simonne and Sasha
“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
Simone finally broke down and cried because she’s afraid of Sasha. But just like Moana, Simone is learning to use her voice. She’s also embracing her gymnastics, her splits, her twirls, her leaps, and her weave. Truth be told, I was nervous that the wig was going to fall off, but it remained on her head. Victory. I adore Auli’i Cravalho and am so glad she was able to sing her song live. If I had to give her notes on anything, it would be that she still pops on her plastic smile. Other than that, I thought the routine was so much fun!
Bruno: My lovely little goddess. On land and in the air. Gravity doesn’t apply to you.

While Mickey and the gang look on in their darling glittery outfits, Tom makes the three couples in jeopardy wait a good 90-seconds before announcing that Erika and Gleb will no longer be performing on Dancing with the Stars. Both Erika and I figured this would happen, even though she admits that she whispered her fate into Gleb’s ear moments before Tom shared the news.

What did you think of Disney week? Which was your favorite dance? I think I’d have to go with Heather or Simone. Do you think Nick’s lack of beard gave him some sort of magical power like Pinocchio? Did you think it was a good routine? Am I weird? Have you ever seen Wreck-It-Ralph? Should I give it another go? Sound off in the comments section!

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