Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Dazzled on Disney Night?
Hey, Mickey! This week, the stars channeled their favorite characters from the Mouse House
While an obvious plug to the show’s parent company, Disney Night made for some of the most inventive routines yet – not to mention some of the most creative costumes yet (Prince Farming in a skirt! Rumer Willis in full-on purple body paint!).
Paying homage to Disney favorites both new and old, the stars channeled their favorite characters while animated support “joined them,” appearing on-screen at home. A cute idea in theory, it usually just took attention away from the performance or was so fleeting it was easy to be forgotten.
The night got a slow start, but the final three stars of the night – Rumer, Riker Lynch and Nastia Liukin – hit the ballroom floor with sets to remember. Elsewhere, opener Suzanne Somers and Robert Herjavec, uh, Floundered.
Read on for the highlights of Dancing with the Stars‘ Disney Night.
Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani
Song: “He’s a Tramp” from The Lady and the Tramp
Judging by her vampy performance, Suzanne was clearly taking her hormones tonight. She looked great in glittering black sequins and stepped onto the stage with a renewed confidence. But it was Tony – with his flirtatious moves – who played the perfect tramp. A heel-and-hem hiccup aside, it was fine technically and, as judge Julianne Hough conceded, “It was definitely your best dance.” All that was missing? Chemistry. Despite their best efforts (including the good old let’s-hold-a-hat-over-our-faces-and-pretend-we’re-kissing trick), it wasn’t convincing. Woof, indeed.
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson
Song: “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins
Before we get to their delightful hot mess of a quickstep, can we talk about how shamelessly smitten Robert is with Kym? If the video opener is to be believed, he was drooling over Ms. Johnson all week in practice – not to mention sexualizing Mary Poppins in a way that would probably make Julie Andrews blush. (See: “I think Kym has become Mary Poppins a very sexy Mary Poppins, by the way.” See also: “I’m gonna love you in a Mary Poppins outfit.”) Despite their incredible on- and off-the-dance floor sparks, this week’s routine fell flat. The star got off on the wrong foot, literally, and was off the beat. Even so, Robert brought the “razzle-dazzle,” as judge Len Goodman put it, and was beaming like he does when a Shark Tank contestant brings a dog to their pitch. Extra points to Robert for always being a spoonful of sugar.
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker
Song: “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean
Style: Paso Doble
In a word, Riker and Allison’s Pirates-themed routine was explosive. The Glee alum made the paso doble his wench, hitting all the right moves in a way Jack Sparrow never could because he’d be too sloshed. The production was grand (the ship! a cannon!), but unlike Willow Shields and Mark Ballas‘s routine, Riker and Allison’s choreography never got lost in the jumble. It was clear that Riker, a huge fan of the movie, was having fun from the first foot-stomp, making for infectious, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him television. “That is what I call artistry,” said Julianne. “Technique, concept, passion, showmanship: That is what artistry is about. Well done.”
Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy
Song: “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid
Asked what princess she wants to be this week, Rumer burst into a laugh: “Can I be a villain?” Lucky for viewers, Val complied. Prepping to play Ursula, she actually jumped in a pool to practice channeling the evil octopus’s underwater moves. She got into character once she hit the ballroom, too: Emerging from Ursula’s grotto, Rumer’s moves were fluid and downright sexy. And when she got up in the judge’s faces, lip-synching the “make your choice!” lyric? Delicious.
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough
Song: “Love Is an Open Door” from Frozen
“No one’s really seen the more silly side of me,” said Nastia in her opening video. And she’s right. With her signature steely gaze, the Olympian would seemingly be better suited to play ice queen Elsa than sweet, young thing Anna – but she warmed up, and she did it with flair. Her waltz with Derek was grand yet playful, and it was clear on her face she was having fun. Summing it up perfectly, “That was like a warm hug on a cold evening,” said Len, of the performance that merited the most points (tied with Rumer and Val).
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.