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Dancing With the Stars Episode 5 Fantasy Recap: Disney Week

During Dancing With the Stars Episode 5, we said goodbye to…

Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko

Viennese Waltz – “Unforgettable” from “Finding Dory”

Scores : 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) + 20 Fantasy Point Bonus for 9th Place 

This elimination only proves that sexy doesn’t get you into a final. It’s no secret she hasn’t been my favorite (and evidently not America’s either) but that being said, her dance tonight was a good curtain call. She actually showed a beautiful softness within her Viennese Waltz, loved the extension of her arms and kept time within a challenge beat. Although moments of wobbliness, she came out of her shell and showed an Erika to love!

So, do you think Walt Disney envisioned that opening number? Or these outfits? These routines? The gauntlet of Disne was thrown down. We saw everything from Frozen to Pinocchio. Next week is my favorite theme EVER on this show…. “Boy Bands vs Girl Groups”…. PRAYING for some NSYNC!!

Tonight I think one point was made clear…. GAME ON! I don’t believe any couple is holding back and everyone is in it to win it! Simone, Normani, Heather and Rashad are still my picks to make it into the final four. With Nancy as a dark horse though anything is possible.

Simone Biles & Sasha Farber

Contemporary – “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Scores : 38 (9, 9, 10, 10)

This is the kind of routine we’ve been waiting for from our Olympic gymnast. Filled with tricks she really showcased why she’s the reigning champion in everything. Len said it all, a great routine and high quality dancing. She’s continuing to raise the bar and keep herself atop the leaderboard when it comes to average of all dances danced. Is she destined for more gold?

Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess

Tango – “When Can I See You Again” from Wreck-It Ralph

Scores : 30 (7, 8, 8, 7)

I thought he executed his in and out run – the step at the beginning of his routine – quite well. His smile, his charisma and the fact he says that he’s enjoying this process means he’s already won. However, I don’t see him making it much further, perhaps finding himself in the bottom two next week. It just wasn’t up to par with what we’ve seen this season from other Tangos. Tango should be sharp, quick, dramatic, up and down, and have dimension as the judges have said. His technique and skills may not be shining through or get him to the final, but his charm and personality certainly may help keep him alive another week. He remains one of my top season crushes.

Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater

Foxtrot – “Evermore” from Beauty & the Beast

Scores : 32 (7, 8, 9, 8)

As the judges said across the board – the music was hard to keep up with and that’s exactly what showed. It was hard to distinguish clear rhythm – a slow verses a quick – within the choreography. It had moments of good character, resembled the Disney movie. The Foxtrot is meant to be smooth, roll across the floor, with ease. Given that we’re entering the second half of the season with a highly competitive field, Rashad will need to prove his capabilities in all styles of ballroom. That kind of performance will not win him the mirror ball. He’s slightly down, but certainly not out.

Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev

Jazz – “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted

Scores : 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)

It appears as though this season’s dark horse has emerged. Nancy has slowly climbed her way up the rankings. Her scores are increasing, her ease of movement is growing and her scores are soaring! What an enjoyable routine to watch. People better watch out – Nancy’s in the house!

Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy

Paso Doble – “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” from Mulan

Scores : 39 (10, 9, 10, 10)

Not only one of my favorite Disney songs EVER, but probably one of my top favorites dances thus far. Donny Osmond? So confused…. That routine was packed with unreal energy, precision, sharpness, grace, elegance, there wasn’t much that it didn’t have. Am I surprised? No. Normani WILL BE in the final. Let’s leave it at that.

Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Jazz – “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen

Scores : 34 (8, 8, 9, 9)

Well everyone under 10 loved the song choice – and I’m sure they’ve got their fingers on the phone! I agree with all the judges and what they said tonight. More content would’ve been ideal and certainly would’ve let us see more of Heather’s talent. However, it is Disney night. And on Disney night you can get away with a lot more. And if you’re going off the fact it was from Frozen, than yes, it was an accurate depiction. Heather is back with Maks next week and it’ll be interesting to see. It seems like Maks wants to win and Heather wants to have fun. Are we looking at an impending demise, or the perfect cookie recipe? Next week will tell.

David Ross & Lindsay Arnold

Jive — “Ride” from Cars 3

Scores : 29 (7, 7, 8, 7)

Although David’s jive lacked some caffeine, I don’t believe he deserved this low of a score. His synchronisation to the troupe and Lindsay was pretty spot on. Although his wardrobe choices have progressively gotten tighter, his dancing has gotten progressively better. I admire his effort, his portrayal of the character, and quite frankly would’ve given it more of a 9. I believe overall it was a good package. Is David in jeopardy? I think so. He’s the second best male but you won’t find him in the final. At this point in the competition you start to see the front runners and David is unfortunately not in that category. Who knows, perhaps his Magic Mike performance changed a lot of minds.

Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd

Jazz — “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio)

Scores : 34 (9, 8, 9, 8)

None of that looked like Nick The Bachelor. The babyface. The fun factor. The dance. The outfit. But to be honest, it’s the Nick I’d prefer to have in my ballroom. What a jump in improvement – almost flawless synchronization, beautiful choreography, excitement filled execution and a score to match his ego. Can he bring this new found dance ability to another style? I don’t see him becoming the frontrunner but only surviving a few more weeks. It’s unfortunate – powder makeup does his dancing some good. Jazz is a flexible style and is more or less a glorified freestyle. Nonetheless, he did it justice. The cane work gets a bonus point from yours truly.

Fantasy Scoreboard Through Week 5

Simone – 167

Normani – 164

Rashad – 162

Heather – 160

Erika – 160

Nancy – 158

David – 146

Nick – 139

Bonner – 137

Mr. T – 94

Charo – 70

Chris – 39

Classic Girl Group…. One more…

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