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Ep1805 Week 5: Disney Night

04/14/14 Season 18 TV-PG L

The show began with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast followed by each couple performing to songs from Disney films including The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The evening also showcased fun elements of Disney animation. Additionally, Season 9 Champion Donny Osmond guest judged alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. One couple faced elimination.

WEEK 5 SCORES:

 

 

Carrie Ann

Len

Donny

Bruno

Total

 Drew & Cheryl

 7

 7  7  7  28

 Charlie & Sharna 

 9

 10   9  9  37

 Danica & Valentin

 10

 9  10  10  39

 Amy & Derek 

 9

 9  10  9  37

 Cody & Witney 

 9  8  8  9  34

 NeNe & Tony 

 9

 9  9  9  36

 James & Peta 

 10

 10

 10  10  40

 Meryl & Maksim

 9

 9  9  9  36

 Candace & Mark 

 8

 9  9  9  35

 

• The night got off to a magical start with the help of everyone’s favorite pixie, Tinker Bell. She lit up the ballroom with a bit of pixie dust and it’s a wonder that no one floated off the dance floor during the amazing opening number, because it definitely had us thinking happy thoughts.

• Next it was time for hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews to welcome Week 5’s guest judge, Season 9 Champion Donny Osmond! Donny himself has some Disney cred—he provided the voice of Captain Shang in Disney’s Mulan.

• Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke were the first team on the dance floor where they busted out a fun quickstep to “Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin. While the judges certainly enjoyed the performance, they let Drew know he needs to keep working on his technique, awarding him straight 7s for a total of 28 out of 40—the lowest score of the night.

• Next up were Charlie White and Sharna Burgess with a high-speed jazz dance to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins. And if you think the name of the song is hard, try dancing to it! Despite a dropped cane, the judges were wowed, with Carrie Ann Inaba telling Charlie that he’s “like a wave of happiness.” Charlie and Sharna had to be happy with their scores, earning a 37 out of 40 and Len’s first 10 of the season!

• Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy stepped out into the ballroom next with a quickstep to “Be Our Guest” from the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Their dance was all beauty with Carrie Ann exclaiming that Danica was “gorgeous,” but Len Goodman brought out some beast when he called the pair out for losing body contact. But any beastly thoughts evaporated when the judges revealed their scores—a 39 out of 40!

• Like a vision straight out of a fairy tale, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough took on the roles of Cinderella and Prince Charming for their gorgeous waltz to “So This is Love.” We saw how challenging the dance had been for Amy in rehearsals, but she glided elegantly across the dance floor with Bruno Tonioli telling her that she had “never looked more beautiful.” The rest of the judges agreed, giving her 37 out of 40.

• Dancing a Simba-style Samba to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from Disney’s The Lion King, Cody Simpson and Witney Carson were standing spotlight with one of their best performances of the season so far. Carrie Ann admitted that she finally “felt the power of Cody,” but guest judge Donny Osmond wasn’t quite feeling the joy in the performance.

• NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani had a rough go of it coming back together following Week 4’s Switch-Up, with a rehearsal ending when NeNe walked out on Tony. But on the dance floor, thechemistry was undeniable as their villainous foxtrot to “Cruella De Vil” from 101 Dalmatians left the judges panting for more and earning them their highest score so far, a 36 out of 40! Carrie Ann even told Tony it was his “best choreography ever.”

• This week, James Maslow showed he can be a real prince when he invited Hannah, a young fan, to come to the ballroom because the show's schedule kept him from going with her to prom. Then he and Peta Murgatroyd brought the house down with a gorgeous contemporary dance to “Let it Go” from the Disney hit Frozen, wowing the audience and the judges and earning the first perfect score of the season!

• Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy showed they weren’t just monkeying around now that they were back together following the Switch-Up with a sassy samba to “I Wan’na Be Like You” from Disney’s The Jungle Book. In rehearsals, Maks was worried because he thinks of himself, and the samba, as more sensual and the routine this week was more comedic. But the judges weren’t joking around with their high scores, giving Meryl and Maks a 36 out of 40.

• After a disappointing week at the bottom of the leaderboard, Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were determined to bounce back with their samba to “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. That determination showed on the dance floor with their best dance of the season so far and earning them 35 out of 40 from the judges. But Tom quickly put a damper on things when he revealed that Candace and Mark were one of the couples in jeopardy of elimination along with Cody & Witney and NeNe & Tony.

• The time had come for the elimination, and this time it was Cody Simpson and Witney Carson leaving the ballroom.

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