SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2015 – ABC got the most out of its cross ptomotion with Disney during “Disney Week,” with a show chock full of animation, special effects and big dance numbers.
The competitors are getting into the middle of the season, and some of them may have gotten a little too ambitious this week, with some backsliding on their scores.
Everyone enjoyed their Disney journey, but one couple woke up from their fairy tale and went home. If you want to know now, skip to the end of the column.
The first part of the show was pretty rough, with some low scores.
Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani learned they were in jeopardy, and then danced a sultry Jazz number to “He’s A Tramp” from “Lady and the Tramp.” It showed Suzanne at her best with her great legs, but the number was a little sluggish. It received all sevens from the judges for 28 points, exactly the same score as last week.
Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev danced a lovely, elegant Waltz. It was a simple routine but well executed. It scored 27 points. They were also in jeopardy.
“Bachelor” Chris Soules apparently had a rough week of rehearsals and a leg injury early the day of the show. But he and Witney Carson managed to get through their Hercules-themed Quickstep for 27 points. They round out the three couples at risk of going home.
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson put together an ambitious Quickstep in a full production number to “Step in Time” from “Mary Poppins.” Perhaps it was a little too ambitious, as Robert couldn’t get the steps right from the start. It was a low score and a fair one, with all sixes for 24 points. They will need a lot of fan votes to stick around next week.
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas danced as Alice and the White Rabbit in a creative Foxtrot which took everyone down the rabbit hole, a dark and sinister dance more Grimm than Disney, in a good way. Willow struggled a little with the choreography, and couldn’t repeat her perfect scores of the week before. She and Mark still scored 34 points.
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess had an impossible task topping their inspiring routine from last week, which has been viewed over 33 million times on YouTube. Their Aladdin and Jasmine theme Foxtrot was charming and Noah is showing he’s a good performer. Sharna again worked with what she had, and they scored 28 points.
Then the top couples showed how it’s done, and why they are likely to be the three in the finals.
Riker Lynch channelled all the manic energy of Captain Jack Sparrow in a Paso Doble with Allison Holker. It felt at any time it might spiral out of control, but it never did. It was the performance of the night, and the pair was rewarded with two 10s and a total of 38 points.
The judges were even more impressed with the darkly wicked Samba by Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy. Rumer played Ursula the evil octopus from “The Little Mermaid” and while it was not in the least the traditional party Samba, it still had complicated content. The judges rewarded it with 39 points, only judge Len Goodman holding out for perfect.
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough did a Jazz routine that was classic Disney Prince and Princess from start to finish, light hearted and sweet. It scored 38 points.
As the three couples stood under the red light at the end of the show, in somewhat of a surprise it was Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani eliminated.
Cheers to the tremendous work done by the “Dancing With The Stars” costumers and makeup artists. It was an Emmy winning effort.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with a Spring Break theme next Monday, April 20, 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 5 Scores
Rumer and Val: 10-9-10-10 = 39 points
Riker and Allison: 10-9-9-10 = 38 points
Nastia and Derek: 9-9-10-10 = 38 points
Willow and Mark: 8-8-9-9 = 34 points
Noah and Sharna: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Suzanne and Tony: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Patti and Artem: 7-6-7-7 = 27 points
Chris and Witney: 7-6-7-7 = 27 points
Robert and Kym: 6-6-6-6 = 24 points
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.
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