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Disney Week magic returns on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Written By | Apr 17, 2017

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2017 – Given that Disney is the parent company of the ABC Television Network, it’s hard to figure out why it took 21 seasons before someone at “Dancing With The Stars” came up with “Disney Week.” But we’re glad they did, and the third “Disney Week” makes its visit to the competition on Monday.

For fans expecting some of their longtime favorite Disney songs, you might be a little disappointed. All but two songs come from contemporary Disney movies including “Frozen,” Cars 3,” “Finding Dory,” “Mulan,” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” (Huh?) There is one number from “Beauty and the Beast,” and a lone classic from “Pinnochio.”

And yes, CommDigiNews will be chatting tonight’s show in the comments section below.

Can Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater keep up their high scores this week? Photo: ABC/Eric McCandle

But no complaints from us, it always seems to work. The talented craftspeople go all out on lighting, animation, and staging. It’s a fun show to watch. But it will take a lot to top the all-time favorite “Disney Week” performance by James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, who makes a perfect Elsa in a Contemporary routine set to “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” Let’s enjoy it again.

Several songs will be performed live by Auli’i Cravalho, ZZ Ward, and Donny Osmond, “Dancing with the Stars” season nine winner. The show opens with a production number featuring Master of Ceremonies Alfonso Ribeiro “Dancing with the Stars” season 19 winner. Alfonso will sing and dance to an original song with the entire cast. In addition, Witney Carson teams with Donald Duck for a special dance.

This week, each couple will perform a Contemporary, Tango, Viennese waltz, Foxtrot, Jazz, Paso Doblé or Jive.

At the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, one more couple will be eliminated. It’s not looking good for Erika Jayne and Nick Viall. Will a Bachelor or a Real Housewife go home first?

Week 5 Assignments:

Now that the baseball season is underway, fans need to vote during the seventh inning stretch for David Ross and Lindsay Arnold. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandles

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess, Tango: “When Can I See You Again?” by Owl City from “Wreck- It Ralph”

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, Jive: “Ride” by ZZ Ward from “Cars 3” to a Live Performance by ZZ Ward

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko, Viennese Waltz: “Unforgettable” by Sia from “Finding Dory”

Heather Morris and Maks Chmerkovskiy, Jazz: “For the First Time in Forever” by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell from “Frozen”

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev, Jazz: “That’s How You Know” by Amy Adams from “Enchanted”

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, Jazz: “I’ve Got No Strings” as sung by Dickie Jones from “Pinocchio”

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, Paso Doblé: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” by Donny Osmond from “Mulan” to a Live Performance by Donny Osmond

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, Foxtrot: “Evermore” by Josh Groban from “Beauty and the Beast”

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Contemporary: “How Far I’ll Go” performed by Auli‘i Cravalho from “Moana” to a Live Performance by Auli‘i Cravalho

Will the judges feel generous tonight with their scores? Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at 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.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24: Week 5” airs on Monday, April 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She also covers the Sweet Science of boxing for Communities. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.