On Dancing With the Stars, it’s not surprising to see an actor or actress competing, but it’s rare to see two homages to shows and movies in one season! In Season 17, we’ve already seen Corbin Bleu honor his High School Musical past with a fun Jive, and on the October 14 episode, Elizabeth Berkley re-created her most infamous scene from Saved by the Bell with her Jive to “I’m So Excited.” But whose homage was better? Let’s break it down.
For those unfamiliar with High School Musical, Corbin’s character, Chad, had dreams of joining the NBA at the end of the third (and final) film. His main sport was basketball, but he dabbled in baseball in High School Musical 2, particularly during a song ironically titled “I Don’t Dance.” When he performed on DWTS, he didn’t use a HSM song (instead, he and partner Karina Smirnoff danced to One Direction’s “Kiss You”) and his outfit was a bit different from that scene in the movie. He wore the number 6 on his jacket instead of his character’s number (8), but everything — including his baseball cap — had East Side Wildcats on it, the name of his school’s team in the movie. He even yelled the movie’s signature chant after his performance (“What team? Wildcats!”), which made everything perfect.
Elizabeth was a bit more straightforward with her homage, directly taking a scene from Saved by the Bell and re-creating it to be about “Jive pills” instead of caffeine pills. Partner Val Chmerkovskiy played Zack Morris, climbing in through her window and questioning what sort of pills she is taking. Again, her outfit wasn’t the same — Elizabeth rocked legwarmers, an off-the-shoulder top, headband, and signature Jessie Spano hair — but it was similar enough. She looked the part, and the most important part of the “scene” was her singing, “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so…” before hugging Zack (or in this case, Val). On the show, she says she’s so “scared,” whereas on the show, she was so “ready.” It worked out, not taking exact dialogue, but fans of the show were excited to see this scene come to life, more than 20 years after the fact.
At the end of the day, both of these homages were amazing, but which was your favorite? Vote in the reaction buttons below!