Bibbidi-bobbidi-ballroom! It’s Disney Night on Dancing With the Stars, but the real magic comes from the fact that we’ve got ourselves a competition, people. With the quick disposal of some of the lesser dancers early in the season, we’re left with a hefty amount of contenders. On an evening where it’s much more about the spectacle of it all — did we really need the gazelle? — everyone brought their dancing A-game. Well, except for Doug. Poor Doug!
Here’s how the field shook out on Disney Night:
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess
Jazz | “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin
Everyone’s been expecting much more out of Antonio, including Sharna. After last week’s disappointing scores, she’s changing up the game plan. Whatever she does, it works. Like, a lot. Sharna describes this as the “2016 pimp version of Aladdin,” and I hope the Disney execs are paying attention. That’s a live-action remake I’ll pay good money to see. Especially if Queen Sharna is there as Tight Pants Jasmine. How fun was that choreography? For the first time since this whole shebang started, Antonio looks 100 percent into it. More importantly, the judges (including guest judge and delight, Zendaya) were feeling it, too. There are rave reviews across the board. Having such a strong performance up first bodes well for the rest of the evening.
Judges’ Score: 35/40
Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani
Waltz | “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid
Marla is quickly becoming my top pick for future life coach. What a classy broad! She talks about the people she’s lost in her life and how they’re giving her courage to dance her little heart out. It’s lovely. Also, she combats stress by doing cartwheels. Me too, girl! Well, if by “doing cartwheels” you mean “chugging three glasses of pinot noir,” then, yes, me too! The judges should be adding points to Marla’s score as soon as her waltz starts because hello, sister brought a dinglehopper to the dance floor! High marks all around. Okay, Marla is also allowed to get high scores for the elegance in her lines. The judges say it every week, but it’s true: Marla embodies grace while dancing. She’s certainly not the best dancer in the competition, but, as Len points out, she’s solid every time she steps out on the floor. That’s a good thing, in case you were wondering.
Judges’ Score: 28/40
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd
Samba | “Trashin’ the Camp” from Tarzan
Nyle is a big fan of Tarzan because Tarzan and Jane also have to find a creative way to communicate upon first meeting, just like he and Peta do. Swoon. I can’t handle this human. I especially can’t handle this human when he steps out on the dance floor wearing only a well-placed loin cloth. Seriously, double-sided tape is working real hard tonight. Okay, I know I’m supposed to be focusing on the abs-bait here, but I’m not biting (hard). Let’s talk about Nyle’s technique! Samba is so fast, with lots of armography, and aside from one small slip up, Nyle nails it. HE DOES A BACK FLIP, PEOPLE. If that doesn’t warrant some 9s, I don’t know anything about televised ballroom dancing. Len complains that there’s too much bongo, which, little does he know, is a scientific impossibility, but all the judges appreciate Nyle’s ability to get into character and his enthusiasm. And also his loin cloth, okay?
Judges’ Score: 34/40
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