Week five of Dancing With The Stars kicked off with a night filled with Disney. The dance floor was filled with Disney themed songs and dances.
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Valentin Chmerkovskiy kicked the night off. Brinkley Cook was Cinderella and they danced the Viennese Waltz. The spinning began to, “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” began. After the dance, her mother Christie Brinkley was in tears. Judge Len Goodman called it, light and fluffy, like a souffle. There’s no way, with that performance, that you’re not back next week.” “You’re the belle of the ball; this girl was truly a Disney Princess,” said judge Bruno Tonioli, who matched the other judges’. The final score was 24/30.
Our next couple.’ The Office’ star Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov. Flannery was Mary Poppins, dancing to jazz to “Spoonful of Sugar.” Flannery said I’ve never been so high in my life. She laughed, Kate is back Inaba says. Giving an eight score matched all the judges. Goodman called it sweet and delicious. The final score was 24/30.
Next, we would see Sean Spicer as Woody from Toy Story. Along with Lindsay Arnold, the former White House Press Secretary performed a quick-stepped dance to “You Have A Friend In Me.” Tearfully Spicer dedicated the dance to his late father. The judges gave it praise, it was better said, Tonioli. That was your best dance said, Inaba. The final score 19/24.
Singer Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber danced to Beauty and the Beast. Brooke was Belle to Farber’s Beast. Dancing contemporary to Beauty And The Beast. Her favorite film, the dance gains praise from the judges. “That was a minute and a half of absolute happiness,” said a besotted Tonioli, who gave Brooke the season’s first nine score, matched by all judges. “That was smooth like butter on a hot muffin, gliding across the floor,” said Goodman, calling it a “cracking routine.” What a special moment when we see. The emotion in Ally Brooke was touching. Brooke was in tears seeing the highest score of the season. The score was 27/30.
Country singer Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko danced the samba to “Under The Sea”, Alaina says it was her hardest dance by far.”You make a great mermaid,” said Inaba, who gave an eight. “You’re still moving forward, still growing.”Tonioli said Alaina “went a bit weird, and you lost count. But it was a samba.” He called it, “fabulous underwater and pretty hot on dry land.” Their final score was 23/30.
Comedian/actor Kel Mitchell and Whitney Carson danced to High School Musical, the song “We’re All In This Together.” “That was a dance that really suited you,” said Goodman.”You’ve graduated, you’re top of the class. Tonight you were a revelation,” said Tonioli, who gave a nine, matching Inaba’s score. The strong total put the one-time bottom-dwelling dance team near the top. The total score was 26/30.
‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten danced the foxtrot “To A Whole New World” from Aladdin. “It really was a magic carpet ride you wanted to go on forever and forever,” said Tonioli, admitting he couldn’t see all the footwork due to the massive amounts of fog. Inaba said the dance “took my breath away,” giving a nine score. Goodman gave a low seven score, saying that Hannah was a strong performer but she needed a more ambitious dance. Their final score was 25/30.
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater were up next. The Dawson’s Creek star went full pirate. In a Jack Sparrow outfit, and a fast-paced paso doble to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme. Van Der Beek showed dramatic energy. “That was insane – the drama, the dynamics. This was your dance,” said Inaba, who gave a nine (matched by Tonioli).”It was dramatic, it was strong, there was a touch of aggression,” said Goodman, calling it a “great routine, well-done.” Their final score was a total score of 25/30.
Queer Eye culture expert Karamo and Jenn Johnson were the low team on the totem pole. Karamo stepped into an apex predator role, from the film Lion King. He finished in the bottom two and nearly was eliminated. However, he had been spared by the judges who chose to send Lamar Odom home instead. Karomo’s Samba to “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” against a backdrop of the savanna, lacked power. Goodman, who is a critic of Karamo, was forgiving saying the dance was fun and joyful. What you do is radiate joy; it’s just so fun to watch you dance,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. The final score of 21/30.
The stars gathered and everyone brought great effort in their performances tonight. Ironically, on Disney night everybody was saved. No one goes home this week, said host Tom Bergeron.
All of our celebrity dancers will be back next week.