SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2014 – Reading the blogs and comments from the stars and pros on social media feeds, there seems to be a new enthusiasm on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Whether it’s because the switch-up experiment is now in the rear view mirror and all of the competitors are back with their original partners this week, or whether they are enthusiastic about “Disney Week,” or a little of both, the competition is heating up.
Don’t miss our weekly Live Chat for the competition and elimination on Monday, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Unlike the last few weeks, there will be a true elimination at the end of Monday’s show. Two weeks of scores from Weeks 3 and 4 will be added to this week’s fan votes to determine who goes home.
Meryl Davis is so far out ahead of everyone else she has nothing to worry about. Charlie White, James Maslow, and Amy Purdy should all be safely through to the following week too.
In the middle of the pack are Cody Simpson and Danica McKeller. They should have enough fan votes to keep them safe. Some of Danica’s votes are probably for her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
In the bottom third and needing fan votes to save them are NeNe Leakes, Drew Carey, and Candace Cameron Bure. Fans raged all week long about the low scores given to Candace and her switch-up partner Tony Dovoloni for their glam rock themed Quickstep.
Drew Carey danced his best routine of the season so far. His gold lame Cha Cha with Witney Carson was fun and energetic. He’s likely to be safe. So it comes down to Candace and NeNe.
The dance routines and song assignments are all public this week thanks to clues and leaks on social media. Some Disney song choices are obvious. James and Peta drew the most popular current Disney hit, “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen” for their Contemporary dance. Expect great things from this routine. James is improving every week.
We have three Sambas this week: Meryl and Maks, Candace and Mark, and Cody and Witney. Candace and Mark drew “Under The Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” a perfect choice. Meryl and Maks have the light hearted “I Wanna Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book.” Cody and Witney may have trouble with “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King,” which seems a little slow for a classic high energy Samba.
There are two Quicksteps this week. Danica and Val dance to “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke dance to “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin.” In Season 8, Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas danced a Quickstep to the same song. It will be hard for the judges not to compare Drew and Cheryl to Shawn and Mark’s version, which would have gotten perfect scores except for one illegal lift.
Expect Charlie White to come back after a lackluster week when he and Sharna Burgess dance a Jazz routine to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins. NeNe Leakes should have lots of fun letting her personality shine in a Foxtrot to “Cruella De Vil” from “101 Dalmations.” The DWTS costume department should have a blast with NeNe on this one.
Cast as the night’s princess: Amy Purdy, who will dance a Waltz with Derek Hough to “So This is Love” from “Cinderella.” The symbolism of the girl and the glass slipper will not be lost on anyone. Get your Kleenex ready, this should be a lovely moment created for the show featuring one of its most inspiring competitors ever.
Week 5 Lineup
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Foxtrot to “Cruella De Vil” from 101 Dalmatians
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Contemporary to “Let it Go” from from Frozen
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Samba to “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book)
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Balls: Samba to “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: Samba to “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Quickstep to “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Waltz “So This is Love” from Cinderella
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess – Jazz to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Disney Week on Monday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google
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