You know it's Disney week when the show kicks off with Tinker Bell sprinkling pixie dust around the ballroom.
The new theme for "Dancing with the Stars": the music of Disney. The opening number had the pros dancing to a mash up of "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Zip a Dee Doo Dah," and "Step in Time." Past champ Donny Osmond stepped in to serve as guest judge this week.
Before the show, he promised us he would NOT be as critical as Julianne Hough. And to mark this halfway point in the season ... our first perfect score of the season!
Week five scores, from highest to lowest:
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd - 40 out of 40
James and Peta Murgatroyd are dancing to the Oscar winning, most popular song of the year so they needed to nail this Contemporary routine. Production added some mind-blowing animation to enhance the dance to "Frozen's" "Let it Go." And thank God they sprung for the real Adele Dazeem, I mean Idina Menzel, version of the song.
James had the added heart melting factor this week of inviting a special young girl to the show. She had asked him to prom via Twitter; instead, she got to come to Los Angeles and watch James get a perfect score. Head judge Len Goodman said the dance would melt even the coldest heart (his); guest judge Donny Osmond called Peta's choreography amazing; Bruno Tonioli loved the sincerity of the dance; and it brought Carrie Ann Inaba to tears.
Danica McKellarand Val Chmerkovskiy - 39 out of 40
Winnie Cooper channels Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" and dances an almost perfect quickstep with her prince, Val Chmerkovskiy to the song "Be Our Guest". Danica smiles a lot but it fits with this routine. Len said they had flair and care; Bruno praised her improvement; Carrie Ann called her over to the judges' table to give her a hug; and Donny said they knocked it out of the park.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess - 37 out of 40
"Mary Poppins" is only the best movie ever so it was great to see a "Supercalifragilistic" routine. Charlie's Jazz routine was very fast moving but of course the athlete had no trouble keeping with spitfire Sharna Burgess. They had one hiccup when Charlie dropped his cane, but he just kept on smiling and danced through the mishap.
Donny, who told us he was focusing on performance skills for his judging, called it amazing; Bruno said it was almost perfect; and Len rhymed it up by saying it was show stopping, eye popping, and jaw dropping.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough - 37 out of 40
Oh this girl made me cry AGAIN. We believe Amy when she says this experience makes her feel like a princess for the first time in her life. Our hearts break for her when she tells us she remembers what it was like to have her legs and how frustrating it is to not be able to do what she once could.
But again, Derek Hough figures out how to work with what she still has, and they perform a gorgeous waltz to "So this is Love" from "Cinderella." Carrie Ann told Amy Disney should make its next princess like her; Donny called her inspiring and a serious contender; and Bruno told her she never looked more beautiful, regal or irresistible.
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 36 out of 40
Two words describe this "Jungle Book" routine: shirtless Maks! The elder Chmerkovskiy is thrilled to be back with his soul mate of the season. But they have to do the Samba, a dance that's usually sexy, to the silly "I Wanna Be like You" song and Maks says comedy is not his forte.
He doth protest too much! The dance was full of fun and flair. Carrie Ann said the couple dance as though that are one body; Len called it a "wamba of a samba"; and Bruno thanked Maks for the eyeful. Yes, thank you Maks.
Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani - 36 out of 40
The rehearsal montage the producers put together put both Nene and Tony Dovolani in a not-so-great light. You have to wonder if their disagreements are real or used for TV. Both Nene and Tony seemed upset that it was implied she preferred Derek (from switch up week) and he was giving her attitude.
What Nene left on the dance floor was her best yet; a very fun and character driven foxtrot to Cruella de Vil's theme song from "101 Dalmatians". All of the judges praised the routine, with Len saying Nene and Tony are a match made in heaven.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas - 35 out of 40
DJ Tanner must have been on pins and needles all night. She danced last; and she was in last place form last week. Candace was really happy to be back with Mark Ballas. They too have the Samba, with their assigned song "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid." And that means CCB has to channel Ariel!
Mark convinces the conservative Mom that they can push the envelope just a little bit with her costume on this one. Since it's truly a cartoon character, CCB agrees. Len liked their mix of steps; Donny said she shows promise; Bruno called her dance a "rebirth of Venus"; and Carrie Ann advised her to not let the mind games get to her, wrangle the nerves, and yes, "Let it Go."
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson - 34 out of 40
Cody and his Disney alter ego Simba seem like a perfect fit. He and Witney Carson are dancing a Samba to "I Just Can't Wait to Be King." Witney admitted that she learned from Sharna (Cody's switch up partner) that she needs to be more firm with her teenage partner.
Cody began called her "Strict-ney" but they still had fun. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann think he's improving, and had some good things to say. But guest judge Donny called him out for having the expression that it's all work and not looking like he's enjoying himself. Cue the major boos from the Simpsonizers in the ballroom!
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke - 28 out of 40
Drew knew the Quickstep would be tough on him, stamina-wise. e clearly has fun every week on this show, though, and throws himself into the challenge. Cheryl Burke teases Drew about whether or not he missed dancing with her, but she said she would be incorporating some of Witney's training techniques into Drew's week.
Len said their routine, set to the tune of "Friend Like Me" from "Aladdin" (and sung by Robin Williams) was "Zip a Dee Doo Dah" ... the performance had zip but the technique was Doo-Dah. Donny commiserated that the quickstep was his least favorite dance; and Carrie Ann told Drew to have more of a "poker face" and not let us know how hard he's working.
Next week: Dance Party!
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