Tonight, “Dancing with the Stars” chose to give you a major slice of Disney magic. Specifically, we are talking here in the form of music from these feature films! Some of these performances will be artistic, some will be fun, and some will bring back memories … hopefully. We just better get some good dances after all of the hype!
As with every other one of these reviews that we post here at CarterMatt, we’re going to give you here the scores and feedback from the judges on some of the dances, and we’ll have a separate piece up later about the results at the end of the episode. Going into it, we were the most worried about Patti LaBelle, Suzanne Somers, and an injured Chris Soules.
Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani, “Lady in the Tramp” jazz – Suzanne had a hard week, and this was her chance at redemption. For the most part, the dance was good, save for the little woe-is-me bit in the intro package. Somers is not going to win this season, but this was decent. Score: 28.
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson, “Mary Poppins” quickstep – This was a huge fall from grace for the “Shark Tank” star. We were worried about this super-difficult dance for him, and he never got the footwork together. He’s in danger next week. Score: 24.
Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev, “Pinocchio” waltz – We are going to give Patti all the credit in the world for continuing to put herself out there and really enjoy this, but we feel like her knee is probably going to give out on her eventually. This was at least sweet, if imperfect. Score: 27.
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas, “Alice in Wonderland” foxtrot – Is Mark going a little nutty with the production values and the costumes? Maybe, but we think it adds to the entertainment. These routines are never boring, and you have to remember Willow’s a teenager! This captures some of that imagination. Score: 34.
Chris Soules and Witney Carson, “Hercules” quickstep – How did he score better than Robert for this? We’re not sure, but this was the first time we really think that Chris has been in a bad light since he started as “The Bachelor.” Clearly, this competition and the stress is getting to him. Score: 27.
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess, “Aladdin” foxtrot – The fact that his last performance has tens of millions of views on YouTube should terrify the other contestants. This particular routine really didn’t have that much content, but Noah’s a very good performer. Also, he’s got a billion fans. Score: 28.
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, “Pirates of the Caribbean” paso doble – On a night when many have disappointed, Riker was outstanding. He totally took on the Jack Sparrow character, and this was the right combination of production and performance. Score: 38.
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy, “Little Mermaid” samba – This was super cool and engaging to watch. Hats off to Rumer for playing the villain role here, and doing something really different than anyone else on the show. Score: 39.
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough, “Frozen” jazz – This felt a little too much like the live-action version of the movie for us, but it was very pristine and well-performed. It just didn’t have the same “WOW” factor we had with Rumer’s. Score: 38.
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