Welcome to Disney night, ballroom fans! How lucky to be treated to a magical opening number from Disneyland, where the cast spent the wee hours of Friday morning filming in front of Cinderella’s castle and riding the Matterhorn. It’s easy to forget how much those pros are required to kick up their heels but apparently, they don’t need our sympathy: They only have to glance at a step or two of choreography and they’re ready to perform a whole Broadway show. We should all aspire to be Witney Carson and Pasha Pashkov.
Let’s bring on the Tinkerbells!
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold: Dubbed the “quickstepping cowboy,” the former press secretary danced to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and dressed up as Woody from Toy Story 4 because that character “is the person that everybody looks up to.” Wait, what? Anyway, he got choked up while dedicating his performance to his father, who died of cancer in December of 2016. “Your frame was pretty good, there was plenty of stuff in hold,” said judge Len Goodman. “You put a lot into it and it was better,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. “That was your best dance,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba, adding, “you gave good Woody.” Score: 19 (including his first 7!) out of 30
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson: The Queer Eye host, who talked about his life before coming out and how he fathered sons, danced the
Simba samba to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King. The judges didn’t love it, but at least they left the 6-and-under paddles on their laps. “You need to work on the elasticity from the foot to leg,” said Tonioli. “Use each others’ energy a little bit more,” said Inaba. “It was too stompy in the feet,” added Goodman. Score: 21 out of 30.
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko: This country singer was born to play Ariel! First, we saw her singing “Part of This World” when she was a tot and now she’s dancing the samba as a mermaid to “Under the Sea.” She didn’t exactly float through the steps but her red wig looked great! “You look like a Disney princess,” said Inaba. “You’ve got one of the hardest dances.” “I liked the fact there was a lot of samba content in there,” added Goodman. “You went a bit weird a couple of times and lost count,” continued Tonioli. Score: 23 out of 30
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov: Another perfect character for The Office actress to play — Mary Poppins! She got to fly on stage holding the requisite black umbrella before performing a jazz number to “A Spoonful of Sugar.” “I love the way you started with the quickstep,” said an energetic Inaba, before her annual tumble from her chair. Somebody strap in the lady, already. Score: 24 out of 30
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy: The model — giddy to play Cinderella and dance the Viennese waltz song to “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” — had her best night yet by dancing first, which brought tears to the eyes of her mom (who was there, again). Special mention to her handsome prince, who fooled host Erin Andrews into thinking he was teary-eyed when in reality, he was just sweating. Hey, it’s strenuous work, looking royally hot! “It was light and fluffy like a scuffle,” said Goodman. “There’s no way with that performance that you’re not back next week.” “This girl looks like the ideal Disney princess,” said Tonioli. Score: 24 out of 30
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten: It’s been a whole new world for the Bachelorette after appearing on the ABC dating show, so natch she would dance the foxtrot to the theme song from Aladdin. Why are we drawing this out, DWTS? She’s a finalist for sure. “That was stunning,” said Inaba. “You took my breath away.” “Hannah you are a lovely dancer,” said Goodman, who still gave her a 7. Hey, somebody needed to play the villain on Disney night. Score: 25 out of 30
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson: The star from All That was a former theater kid — so it felt natural for him to perform jazz and a little break dancing to “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. And yes, he’d make a fine Troy Bolton. “That was a dance that really suited you,” said Goodman. “Well done.” Score: 26 out of 30
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater: The Beek got to perform last to orchestral music from the Pirates of the Caribbean. His Paso doble was almost as sexy as his pirate get-up. Shiver me timbers! “The energy exchange between you two is off the charts,” said Inaba. “This was your dance, truly.” “For me, a big hit,” added Tonioli. Score: 26 (his first 9s) out of 30
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber: Lucky pop star: she got to dance contemporary to the title song of “Beauty of the Beast” in ballet flats! Pardon the cornball but she was truly the Belle of the ball. “It was one and a half minutes of absolute happiness,” said Tonioli. “You’re such an honest performer.” “You’re dancing through your heart … and it feels fantastic,” said Inaba. “It was smooth like butter on a hot muffin,” added a snorting Goodman. Score: 27 (first 9s of the season!) out of the 30
And the night’s eliminated couple — based on judges’ scores from both last week and this week and live audience votes — was no one!
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