‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: It’s Disney week!

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It’s my favorite week on Dancing with the Stars—Disney Night! The ballroom is full of beautiful ball gowns. Naturally, a boy comes by and whips that fluffy gown off to reveal a shorty fringe, but I don’t mind. I have bigger concerns. What happened to Donald Duck’s hat and why is Julianne’s hair pink? We may never know.

It’s interesting to see what the choreographers will create, knowing that the audience has a picture of what it’s supposed to look like. To be honest, that can help you or hurt you.

Let’s take Kym for example:

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Not once in the literally thousands of times I watched the movie did Mary Poppins ever show Burt her sternum. Who needs a spoonful of sugar when clearly cleavage helps the medicine go down?

And then there’s Jessie from Toy Story:

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What in the world? I can’t believe Disney executives allowed the costume designers to shop in the adult Halloween section at Party City. I’m also unclear why Jessie is dancing with Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. I’m almost positive that wasn’t a Disney movie.

Moving on! Here’s the breakdown of dances:

Suzanne and Tony
Jazz
“He’s a Tramp” from Lady & The Tramp
What a way to open the show! Nothing says Disney Week like a grown woman succumbing to the pressure of comparing herself to others. If that’s not a lead in to a “believe in yourself” Disney talk, then I don’t know what is. Tony used words like “dreams” and “journey.” I checked my DVR to make sure I wasn’t accidentally watching an old episode of The Bachelor. I wasn’t. Suzanne finally came around, shared some spaghetti with her tramp and proceeded to trip up all over the dance floor. For some reason, the judges praised her.
Score: 28

Robert and Kym
Quick Step
“Step In Time” from Mary Poppins
Dancing with the StarsABC is determined to catch Robert and Kym making out behind the scenes. And I’m going to cheer when they have video proof that these two kids are an item. Robert is a little too excited to see what Kym’s Mary Poppins outfit will look like, which was confusing to me at first. A red coat, black hat, and carpet bag are sexy? Who knew! Of course, judging on the screen grab from above, we now know what he was looking forward to. SIDE BOOB. Kym actually flew in holding an umbrella and took no less than two minutes waiting for the ABC intern to unhook her from the flying apparatus. The JV dancers went into overdrive with their chimney sweep routine while we waited for Kym to go full on Naughty Poppins. Unfortunately, Robert’s steps were not in time.
Score: 24

Queen Patti and Artem
Waltz
“When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio
Queen Patti hurt her knee a few weeks ago and I can’t help but find Artem’s concern for her completely endearing. He called her a treasure and she vowed to never let him down. At the beginning of her dance, Queen Patti pronounced that, “When you wish upon a star, anything your heart desires will come true.” (I went outside, found a star and wished for a husband. I’ll let you know when it comes true.) Patti basically walked from here to there in a lovely yellow dress, as Artem danced around in grey tails. The audience gave her another standing ovation and she cried. She could read the phone book and these people would go nuts. Me included.
Score: 27

Mark and Willow
Foxtrot
“Alice” from Alice in Wonderland
Here’s the deal—Mark is very talented and pushes the creative bar each and every week. However, HE PULLS FOCUS AND THAT DRIVES ME NUTS. His White Rabbit was creepy. But the music was creepy, so I’m not sure if that’s what he was going for. The human cards (go JV team!) were distracting. The smoke was distracting. It felt like the musical number of a One Act Play. I don’t think I watched Willow once. I was too busy being ooged out by Mark’s rabbit head. On another note, my absolute favorite part was when Willow’s dad came into rehearsals every few hours to make her stop for “snack time.” I love that guy.
Score: 34

The Farmer and Witney
Quickstep
“Hercules” from Hercules
There’s no other way to put this gently. The Farmer was flat out rude to Witney during rehearsals. She’s pushing him to be more than white-man-overbite-guy and he snapped at her to not argue with him because THIS is how it is. I didn’t blame her for leaving to go cry it out. She brought last season’s champion Alfonso in to help lighten the mood. Even Carlton couldn’t help the dance. Or the cheese that went along with the dance. It started off a hot mess, got better and then ended up sad.
Score: 27

Noah and Sharna
Foxtrot
“A Whole New World” from Aladdin
Dancing with the StarsNoah doesn’t have a knee so he can’t rise and fall, which is essential for a traditional foxtrot. This concerns him because he thinks he looks stupid. Sharna tells him to quit acting like a princess, because there’s nothing he can do about it. Instead of focusing on what he doesn’t have, he should focus on what he DOES have. His abs. Put him in an open vest with some maharaja pants, make him sit in the tanning bed for a few hours and dye his hair black. Boom. Who cares that he ended up looking like Alan Thicke? He flew in on a magic carpet. That’s awesome.
Score: 28

Riker and Allison
Paso Doble
Score from Pirates of the Caribbean
This dance was by far my favorite one of the night. Yes it had theatrics, but the paso was the focus of the performance—not the excessive stuff around it. Riker channeled Captain Jack Sparrow beautifully. I agree with Julieanne. This was artistry! YouTube it.
Score: 38

Rumer and Val
Samba
“Pour Unfortunate Soul” from The Little Mermaid
Dancing with the StarsAn ABC producer/executive woman asks Rumer which princess she wants to be? Rumer smiles and asks if she can be a villain. She chooses Ursela. Brilliant. Then she and Val practiced how to dance underwater. This meant Val had to get wet. Equally brilliant. The performance was mediocre in my opinion. It wasn’t a conventional samba song, which threw me for a loop. Val was all green, so I’m guessing he was an eel? And then Rumer started mouthing the words and I scolded her for drinking after Derek, because now she’s contracted his lip syncing syndrome. How their score was above Riker and Allison is a mystery.
Score: 39

Nastia and Derek
Jazz
“Love Is An Open Door” from Frozen
This routine really fit their personalities. I would have loved it had they not lip synched some parts the routine. Either do or don’t. It’s confusing when you do both. I enjoyed their choreography, which was pulled mostly from that scene in the movie. It was as if Frozen came alive! I found myself thinking how cool it would be to meet Anna in real life. Then I realized that I had been sucked into Disney’s subliminal advertising. Let’s go meet the Frozen characters at Disney World this summer! Who’s with me?
Score: 38

In the end, Suzanne, Patti (shocker!) and The Famer (not so shocking) were in the red light of doom. But it was Suzanne who didn’t secure the votes. Now it’s time to say goodbye to all your company, Suzanne. I’m almost glad that it was her, because she wasn’t into the competition anymore.

And The Farmer lives to see another day!

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Kathy
Kathy

Love you and love your recap! The Farmer got on my nerves last night. It’s obvious that he does not want to do this show anymore. I’m sure he was wishing that he was the one sent home. I don’t think he’ll quit but I don’t see him staying around much longer. His behavior was inexcusable with Witney.

amy a
amy a

Oh my goodness. You are spot-on. The P.o.t.Caribbean was my favorite too. After Robert and Kym’s performance I had to do a quick google search to make sure there wasn’t some other version of Mary Poppins that I’d never heard of! Wow, that dress was something!!

votemom
votemom
judyk
judyk

I thought Farmer looked totally over the whole thing. I loved the pirate dance but couldn’t figure out the samba mermaid dance. This is one of those seasons that when the judges start talking I am scratching my head, did we watch the same thing?

Colorado Kathleen
Colorado Kathleen

I was not proud of how Chris acted in rehearsal and think he will get voted off very soon because of it. My god, can’t he see it’s all about growing and learning and simply be gracious with all that he’s been given opportunity-wise?

Riker was FABULOUS! I re-watched his dance several times and wish he would have ended up on top of the leader board.

Willow’s music did nothing to engage me and sadly, I think the dance was weak because of it.

I have mixed feelings about Rumer. I think she dances well but when she said in an interview early on that she has no competition, I look at her differently every week. Her Disney number was good but not that intricate and I wish she was more humble about her position. Come on, she’s competing against an Olympic gold medalist.

Love Nastia! Loved her lighter side this week. She is beautiful to watch.

Lincee

Riker is my pick! Thanks CO Kathleen!

Barb
Barb

Lincee,

You crack me up!

My absolute favorite line EVER – ‘I went outside, found a star and wished for a husband. I’ll let you know when it comes true.’

I’m right there with ya! Now excuse me while I go searching for my own star to wish upon.

Lincee

We do what we have to do, Barb.

Laura
Laura

Be careful what you wish for you might get one, someone else’s. Don’t wish for a husband.
Wish to be engaged/married by a specific date.
“My intention is to magnetize into my life a relationship that is characterized by depth, devotion, intelligence, joy, humor, fun, inspiration, and a deep spiritual and soulful connection”

I don’t know why I felt the need to respond to your “line of the week” maybe I’m projecting. lol All the best to you.

Helen
Helen

Farmer is next to go, for sure. I agree that he was really hoping it would be him last night. In fact, he and Suzanne were equally hoping that would be it for them last night!

I am kind of tired of them shoving the fauxmance of Kym and Robert down my throat. Other than him leering at her, I haven’t seen any evidence of a romance between them yet that isn’t manufactured 100%.

Favourite lines:

Not once in the literally thousands of times I watched the movie did Mary Poppins ever show Burt her sternum. Who needs a spoonful of sugar when clearly cleavage helps the medicine go down?

Robert is a little too excited to see what Kym’s Mary Poppins outfit will look like, which was confusing to me at first. A red coat, black hat, and carpet bag are sexy?

I have a special relationship with the movie Mary Poppins – my son watched it over and over when he was about 2 (he is now almost 19) and would go nuts for the “Step in Time” number, and try to copy the dances. To see the travesty they made of it last night was truly cringe worthy! Most especially Kym’s costume! I mean really, making Mary Poppins, of all characters, sexy!!

Lincee

Thanks for the favorites Helen! Your son dancing to Step In Time sounds precious!

Norma
Norma

Agree with the fact that Chris was beyond rude. He was wishing he would have gone home. I wish the same thing.

In my opinion Ryker was the best last night. I am not a fan of Rumor at all.

Lincee

I agree Norma. Rumer is sort of falling down the line for me.

Stacey
Stacey

Alan Thicke = perfect comparison! I was wracking my brains of who he looked like and you nailed it!
**I love reading your posts after a loooong day- you never fail to make me giggle like a high schooler! 🙂

Lincee

Best compliment ever! Thanks Stacey!

Cindy S.
Cindy S.

Riker was freaking AWESOME!!!!! I had goosebumps the whole time. I love that music.

Lincee

It’s a powerful score. I totally agree Cindy S.

Cathy
Cathy

P.L. Travers is probably rolling over in her grave! It’s pretty well known that she was not a fan of how Disney “transformed” Mary Poppins from her books into film so I’m pretty certain she wouldn’t have liked that costume!

Lincee

Most definitely Cathy!

Rachel B.
Rachel B.

The comment about Mary Poppins’ sternum was my fav too, Helen.

The Farmer is not used to a woman being anything but fawning. He showed his temper on Andi’s season, too, when he jumped on someone and cussed (Nick, I think). He’s got a rude and bratty side for sure. I was over him last night, and that costume (with the compression sock and the scarf hanging off the gold arm band) was not doing him any favors. I heard the timer go off midway through his dance. He is done. Love the recaps, Lincee. Your replies — like the one to Amy A — are bonus laughs.

Lincee

Well see if he gets kicked off next. The odds are pretty high!

Shopgirl
Shopgirl

Unlike the others, I’m feeling bad for Farmer. He’s not a professional performer and is trying very hard, and despite it, he gets nothing but criticism. I know I’ve snapped at people out of frustration on occasion, and that was without a million people watching and critiquing. And all this, while social media is also speculating about his personal relationship.

I thought it was less about being over it, and more about being frustrated…

And meanwhile, Patti LaBelle gets standing ovations for, well, STANDING… Love her, know she’s in her 70s, know she has a bad knee, but she’s being complimented beyond reason.

Amanda
Amanda

I agree. She’s a great person and all but she’s getting popularity and sympathy votes.

Lincee

Good point Shopgirl. I just wish he would throw caution to the wind like he did on week one. He was so entertaining in Footloose!

Susan
Susan

I agree with both Rachel and Shopgirl above. Farmer just doesn’t get it that this show is about embracing the characters and enjoying the dance. He is embarrassed and this experience is taking away from his personal relationship and dignity. Poor choice at the wrong time for him. Coulda told him that beforehand but he drank the ABC kool-aid.
Aside to Lincee: I’m praying for you too. Where is that husband man already?

Lincee

Oh Susan! KEEP THE PRAYERS UP! I keep waiting for Husband to show up, but nothing so far…

Sue
Sue

I have such mixed feelings about Farmer on DWTS.
I think the judges have been overly and inconsistently harsh with their Chris criticism.
And, it feels like it doesn’t matter how well he does, they will not praise him…which I think is at the core of his waning motivation.
He should actually put on his big boy pants and continue to work hard and do his best.
But, alas. His best will never be competitive with several of the stars this year.
No matter what – he should treat Whitney with more patience and respect. I was embarrassed for him last night.

Lincee

I agree Sue. His temper and frustration got the best of him.

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