Dancing With the Stars Season 18 is packed with competitive talent, but it took Week 5’s Disney Night to give us the first perfect score of the season. Did the right dance earn the honor?
Last night, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd danced a magical Contemporary to Frozen’s “Let It Go.” The lifts alone were incredible, and they also got very cool Disney ballroom backup with icy effects. Judge Bruno Tonioli called it a Contemporary blockbuster, adding that James dances with such sincerity. Carrie Ann Inaba saw absolute artistry; every move he did was pure emotion, and she cried the whole time. Len Goodman said the routine would melt the coldest heart, even his own. It was fantastic. Guest judge Donny Osmond told Peta she did amazing choreography. He was mesmerized by James’s athleticism. The energy was phenomenal. He was blown away.
Season 18 had seen three 10s before, but this was the first round of four perfect 10s. Do you agree that this dance deserved the first perfect score? Was it the best Contemporary we’ve seen so far?
Sometimes it feels like the judges are reacting to the power of the music, or making up for their previous week’s comments, when they score. Last week, Len and Carrie Ann were tough on Peta for her Rumba choreography for Charlie White, saying it was more like a Contemporary. Carrie Ann even gave it a 7, taking an extra point off for a lift. (Although this week she was fine with lifts when it came to Amy Purdy’s Waltz.) Maybe this week they were trying to make up for it?
On Week 3, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy got close to four perfect 10s with their Foxtrot. Meryl and Valentin Chmerkovskiy also got close with their stunning Week 4 Argentine Tango, and this week Val got close again with Danica McKellar in her Beauty and the Beast Quickstep. In all three cases, Len was the sole 10 holdout. (And yet this week Len gave Charlie a 10 even though Charlie dropped his cane in the routine.)
Charlie and Sharna Burgess danced a beautiful Contemporary to "Let Her Go" on Week 1, and it's possible that would've gotten 10s instead of 9s if they had just done the same exact routine on Week 5. Danica and Val also moved us with their Week 3 Contemporary to "Lullabye," and Amy Purdy and Derek Hough moved the audience with their Contemporary to "Human."
Do you think the judges were right to give the first perfect score to James and Peta’s Contemporary or would you personally have given that honor to a different routine? If you would’ve flashed your 10 paddle elsewhere, which routine was more “perfect” to you?