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Maggie Fremont
April 17, 2017 at 11:00 PM EDT

Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status
In Season

Ah, the magic of synergy. Disney Night in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom is back once again to make us all feel like children and also feel uncomfortable when the ex-Bachelor is dressed up like Pinocchio. WHY.

The evening kicks off with a Disney extravaganza, led by none other than DWTS alum Alfonso Ribeiro (and shout out to So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation‘s little nugget J.T.). Could Alfonso love Dancing With the Stars any more? Like, why don’t you marry it, Alfonso? YEESH. Anyway, the opening number is very fitting for the theme, and also it gives us Sharna as Ariel, and that is like No. 7 on my life dreams list. See? On Disney Night, dreams do come true!

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater
Foxtrot, “Evermore” by Josh Groban from Beauty and the Beast
Rashad and Emma have a tall order to fill after their sobfest of a contemporary during “Most Memorable Year.” With the highest score of the season and the top place on the leader board adding extra pressure to their rehearsals, Rashad and Emma have to nail their foxtrot. Unfortunately, they are handed a pretty “meh” song from the new Beauty and the Beast. Josh Groban sings like an angel, but “Evermore”? Pass. Rashad’s technique is great — he is the perfect leading man — but some of the spark is missing from the routine. On the plus side, I’ve never loved Emma more than when she does a sneaky double-take at Rashad in a towel during their pre-dance package bit. She’s only human.
Judges’s Score: 32/40

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd
Jazz, “I’ve Got No Strings” as sung by Dickie Jones from Pinocchio
Who knew all it would take for Nick Viall to have a ballroom breakthrough would be a clean shave and pair of lederhosen? Nick’s apprehensive about taking on Pinocchio after carefully working to build a “sexy” persona. Raise your hand if you, too, were whispering, “Do not make Pinocchio sexy, do not make Pinocchio sexy” during this entire package. Thankfully, Peta hears us. Although, she does turn herself into a Sexy Jiminy Cricket… and I’m not sure which is worse. Thanks to her fun and clever choreography though, this number is what Disney Night is all about: canes! Okay, also: joy! The judges are impressed.
Judges’s Score: 34/40

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko
Viennese Waltz, “Unforgettable” by Sia from Finding Dory
Erika is having a rough go of it on Dancing With the Stars. After her middling “Express Yourself” number did not go over as planned, she is spiraling. She’s never felt so beaten down, she cries into Gleb’s pectorals. If nothing else, that’s a pretty good silver lining. The other nice thing Erika has going for her: She’s dancing to one of her favorite songs. She thinks that if she can better connect with the music, she’ll be able to connect the way Gleb wants her to. She’s right! It’s easily her best dance of the season. Her arm extensions are gorgeous, her connection with Gleb is strong, and they choose not to wear giant fish costumes. This whole thing is a real victory.
Judges’s Score: 32/40

Heather Morris and Alan Bersten
Jazz, “For the First Time in Forever” by Kristen Bell from Frozen
Maks is the captain now. Has he been watching too many Tom Hanks movies or is the guy just itching to get back in the ballroom? The answer is probably both. Either way, Maks may not be dancing this week, but he is very hands on with the choreography. He wants to bring in da magic, bring in da funk on Disney Night, you know? Heather and Alan’s Frozen jazz receives mixed reviews from the judges: Carrie Ann and Len want some more dancing and feel the whole thing is a “missed opportunity,” but Julianne and Bruno are completely smitten with the performance-heavy and character-driven routine. Who’s even paying attention though? I’m still thinking about Maks turning into a breakdancing Olaf. MORE DREAMS COMING TRUE.
Judges’s Score: 34/40

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