Once upon a time — actually, just now — Dancing With the Stars Season 18 held a beautiful night of Disney dancing. It was briefly interrupted by confounding judging, but overall it was a fairy tale in motion. Absolutely magical. And then, around 9:58 p.m., poor Cody Simpson turned into a pumpkin.
Disney Night should’ve happened a long, long time ago — ABC should not “Let It Go,” they should definitely bring it back! Week 5 was practically perfect in every way, with the practically including the strong exception of some of the judging. The judges are inconsistent as a rule, but tonight they really had us scratching our heads. In some cases, it was their attempts to be nice that got us going. A 10 for Charlie even though he dropped his cane? No deduction for Amy and Derek, even with lifts? Guest judge Donny Osmond was mostly in cheerleader mode, although he made Cody’s night a little worse by giving him an 8 for his Lion King Samba, suggesting Cody didn’t seem to enjoy the dance.
In the end, Cody was not destined to be king. That’s the circle of life for you! He, Candace, and NeNe were “in jeopardy,” but it’s hard to know who really was the second celeb in the bottom two. But this definitely tells us Twitter followers and audience screams do not a future DWTS champion make.
What does it suggest for next week’s elimination? So far, having the lowest score has not been an indicator of trouble, so Drew and Cheryl may be fine again. If that’s the case, who will fall victim to DWTS’s next evil spell?
What did you think of DWTS's first Disney Night? Was it Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or frustrating/disappointing?
Here’s a quick rundown of where the couples stand after Week 5:
James & Peta — 40
Danica & Val — 39
Charlie & Sharna — 37
Amy & Derek — 37
NeNe & Tony — 36
Meryl & Maks — 36
Candace & Mark — 35
Cody & Witney — 34 — Eliminated!
Drew & Cheryl — 28
Read on for a full recap of Week 5 action:
OPENING NUMBER: Even before the opening number, there was a special Disney Mirror Ball intro. It’s like being 6 years old all over again. Cute overload already! The group intro starts with “When You Wish Upon a Star,” then segues into other Disney songs. How can you not smile, especially with the Tinker Bell cartoon flying around the screen? Donny Osmond even gets his own fun little walk-out intro. Donny is 56 but he just does not age. Donny said he feels like he’s home again. Walt Disney himself discovered his brothers, so he’s in business because of his brothers. He was also in Mulan.
SAFE: Charlie and Sharna are safe. Drew and Cheryl are safe too! NeNe going home? Or Candace?
1. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke — Quickstep — Cheryl incorporated some teaching moves from Witney this week and she thinks it helped Drew. They dance to the Robin Williams’ “Friend Like Me” recording from Aladdin, with the genie cartoon character dancing between them. Did the dancers know that was going to happen, and have to make room for the genie in choreography? It’s cute, but distracting and semi-awkward.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said he normally picks people apart when they break hold, but they had the animation between them. He said there was plenty of zip-a-dee, but the technique was do-dah. Donny Osmond said the Quickstep is his least favorite dance, and he got the worst score. Donny said he’s judging on performance, since he doesn’t know the technical stuff as well as the pros. One technical thing, though, if you put an arm out it has to come from the core. He got busted on that himself. Donny may have to get his restraining order against Bruno Tonioli, who said Drew lost technique. Carrie Ann Inaba said he still had great performance value, but he makes a strange concentration face.
SCORES: 7, 7, 7, 7 = 28 out of 40. He’s lucky to be safe this week. Next week, though?
2. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess — Jazz — They want to get back to the top of the leaderboard. They danced to Mary Poppins’ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Charlie is the cutest nerd. This music is so fast, it requires constant movement. He dropped his cane partway through the routine. He got a bit lost in there. Too frantic, but still fun. What a tough routine! Exhausting just to watch.
JUDGES: Donny said it was an amazing performance. He was so worried that Charlie would drop the cane and he dropped the cane. Bruno wanted Charlie to do it again, and backwards. It was one of the best performances they’ve ever seen. It was almost perfect. Carrie Ann did her high-pitched laugh. She said Charlie is a wave of happiness. Every move was difficult since it was at warp speed. Len said that was eye-popping, show-stopping and jaw-dropping. As a performance it was fantastic. He’s not bothered about the cane.
SCORES: 9, 10 (what? come on), 9, 9 = 37 out of 40. That was the only time he dropped the cane. Rats! But still, he did drop it, so is a 10 fair?
SAFE: Amy & Derek, and Danica & Val are safe. NeNe & Tony are in jeopardy. So are Cody & Witney.
3. Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Quickstep — Danica had mixed feelings about Maks wanting her not to worry about the details and just have fun. She likes the details, and so does Val. They are dancing to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast. Val joked that Maks rubbed off on Danica and now she’s a self-centered, irrational, egotistical, emotional, b-tch. He’s obviously joking, but what a thing for ABC to air right before a cute Disney dance! This is the wrong night for the b-word. Stick with G/PG just this once, guys. Such a cute production — dancing plates! Love Val’s guyliner.
JUDGES: Bruno called it a deliciously tasty feast for the eyes. Her technique improvement is incredible. Performance level — stupendous. Carrie Ann gave Danica a hug. It felt like her own version of Beauty and the Beast. Len said they lost body contact a little bit. (He didn’t care about Charlie dropping the cane…) It had speed and control, flair and care. Danica is a fantastic dancer. Donny said he was hoping that he would like this since he played Gaston on Broadway. Despite the fact that Val phoned it in tonight (ha!) both of them knocked it out of the park.
SCORES: 10, 9 (oh come on), 10, 10 = 39. Charlie can drop the cane, but… OK. Erin asked if Val got lessons this week in how to be a beast from Maks. Everyone is against Maks all the time!
4. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough — Waltz — Amy has said she feels like Cinderella, so this is a good fit for her. They dance to “So This Is Love.” When you teach ballroom dance, Derek said, you usually work with the feet, the toes, but you can’t do that kind of thing with Amy. This is the first time she feels frustrated that her legs aren’t working. She cried and needed a minute in rehearsals, since this is the hardest routine for her yet. The smoke machine is back. It has to be so much fun just to wear this iconic costumes. Derek is such a handsome prince. Her dress and the smoke mask her feet anyway, so that may help. Seriously, is the place on fire or what? Cute slipper moment in the end, but it’s not glass. And the mice are there!
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said the bad news is she always calls lifts, but she can’t take off a point from Amy for doing a lift because of her unique circumstance. OK, but what about taking points off for Billy Dee or Drew, who can’t help the unique circumstances of being older guys? Donny said she’s more than inspiring. There are people with legs and feet who can’t do what she does. Bruno said she’s never looked more beautiful or glamorous.
SCORES: 9, 9, 10 (really?), 9 = 37 out of 40.
5. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson — Samba — Witney compared Cody to Simba — young, energetic with great hair. Witney has decided to be more strict with Cody, thanks to Sharna. LOVE Wit’s hair in the routine. They always look so cute.
JUDGES: It’s hard to hear anything through the screams. Len said they captured the party feel and he really came out and sold it, but work on technique. Donny thought the dancing was phenomenal, but he said it didn’t come across like Cody enjoyed the dance. Boos. Donny didn’t see the happiness and joy in his face. But Amy got a 10? Bruno said he had incredible energy and timing, side to side. It could’ve done with more bounce, but he’s great. Donny and Bruno may need to be separated. Carrie Ann said she felt the power of Cody. She loved the performance as a whole. He’s bringing the “now” to the Samba?
SCORES: 9, 8, 8, 9 = 34 out of 40. Poor Cody.
6. NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani — Foxtrot — Tony was not comfortable with the Derek conversation. Well, she wanted to come back like she had the best time with Derek and “Derek told me this…” Why would he like that? Tony said the Switch Up hurt them a bit since it put up a road block. Jealousy and insecurity came in and made things awkward. NeNe said if they got married in real life, they would be divorced by now. They are both too thin-skinned! She even walked out on him during the show, saying he needed to get a better attitude.
JUDGES: Donny said she owned that dance floor. They should change the name to Dancing With NeNe. He’s never seen anyone work their hips like her. Donny said something that had to be bleeped out! Or at least muted. What did he say? Bruno called her a mean, nasty girl. Touch of evil. He and Donny have their hands all over each other tonight. Holding hands, touching each other. Keep it classy, guys. Bruno said the dance really suited her personality. Carrie Ann said NeNe can rock the villain. Tony’s best choreography ever. The Switch Up was the best thing that happened to them. Tony disagreed. More talking over each other. Len said sometimes you think you want a divorce and you realize the folly of our ways. They are a match made in dance heaven. Feisty and fun. Her best dance.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9, 9 = 36 out of 40. This is the best she’s done. NeNe was very emotional in the Celebriquarium. Tony got a little tense. Erin asked if he wanted her mic to do her job. Derek is The Other Woman in this scenario.
7. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd — Contemporary — A fan asked James to prom but he couldn't go because of the DWTS schedule. But he got tickets for Hannah to go to Hollywood and see James dance. So cute! They dance to “Let It Go” from Frozen. Great lifts — Peta’s legs are the eighth wonder of the world. Love the ice castles.
JUDGES: Bruno called it a Contemporary blockbuster. James had the ice queen wrapped around his finger. He dances with such sincerity. Carrie Ann saw absolute artistry. Every move he did was pure emotion. She cried the whole time. Len said that would melt the coldest heart, even his own. It was fantastic. Donny told Peta she did amazing choreography. He was mesmerized by James’s athleticism. The energy was phenomenal. He was blown away.
SCORES: 10, 10, 10, 10 = 40. Perfect score all around! The first totally perfect score of the season. We’ve had three 10s before, but not four. Peta said it had been a tough week and the lifts weren’t working, but this time they were perfect.
8. Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Samba — They missed each other. He has to play Mowgli in The Jungle Book. Maks said Meryl looks more like Mowgli. He thinks Samba is sexual and to do comedy isn’t his forte. Not true! He’s worn some amazing rock star wigs and pleather. He can do this. Meryl said her favorite thing about Maks is how thoughtful and giving he is. Her outfit is so cute. Love that dress. He’s totally shirtless. Definitely not an 11-year-old boy. They get little cartoon characters in their routine too. Meryl even makes Samba rolls look easy. Very cute. But seriously — Meryl was born to be a Disney princess, and M&M seemed perfect for Beauty and the Beast. Too obvious?
JUDGES: Carrie Ann is a little puzzled. When they dance, they dance like they’re part of one body. It’s insane. She’s never seen Maks dance so in tune with someone. There’s a nurturing relationship between them. Her technique was fabulous, fluid and graceful. Len said they had Meryl, Maks, and monkeys. A whamba of a Samba with touches of Lindy Hop. Donny said they have set the bar so high. Maks has to tone it down a bit so they can watch Meryl. Bruno had to fan himself. He wanted Meryl to step away so he could stare at Maks’s body. It was a wonderful dance. “Thank you, Maks, for the eyeful.”
SCORES: 9, 9, 9, 9 = 36 out of 40. Based on what, though? There was no constructive criticism. What could've given them 10s? FYI, Maks was born with body sparkle.
9. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas — Samba — Candace was disappointed with her scores last week. She’s going to relax her more conservative standards this week, in terms of the costume. Mark is also breaking out more of his British accent in rehearsals. It’s so weird how it’s off and on. She’s Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Mark is the craziest bright red Sebastian — head to toe! She didn’t look injured out there.
JUDGES: Len loved the mix of steps. Candace should’ve straightened her legs more but there was so much fun and joy in the routine it was irresistible. Donny said Mark is like his brother. Being at the bottom of the leaderboard is very discouraging, he’s been there too. Don’t give up. What he just saw was so promising. Bruno said it was like the rebirth of Venus. Very seriously, she’s taken on board all of their comments. Her shoulders and foot placement are so much better. She let loose and it worked. Carrie Ann said Candace is one of her favorite movers. When she’s comfortable, Carrie Ann relates to the way she moves. Every so often she gets nervous, though. It’s a mind game. Candace admitted sometimes her nerves get the best of her.
SCORES: They got their scores right there on the floor. 8 (really?), 9, 9, 9 = 35 out of 40.
IN JEOPARDY: Candace & Mark, NeNe & Tony, Cody & Witney.
WHO GOES HOME? Next couple safe: Nene & Tony. Wow. Cody & Candace are not necessarily the bottom two. Cody is leaving! Wow. Even with 6 million tweeters? Cody said it’s been an amazing experience. Witney is sad. She thinks people didn’t get a chance to see Cody yet.
Question time! Did the right couple go home? Who gets your votes this week?