ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” brought a surprise elimination in week 5 that no one saw coming. “Disney Night” was a wonderful theme full of fabulous performances set to music from beloved Disney movies. Best of all, the show brought back season 9 champion, Donny Osmond as guest judge but the shocking elimination blew the lid off the evening. Stop reading here is you don’t want to know the “Dancing with the Stars” spoilers for “Disney Night.”
Who got booted?
As is the norm for the show, host Tom Bergeron slowly revealed those who were safe and those who were not. By the end of the evening, Candace Cameron Bure, who had been at the bottom of the leader board after week 4’s “Switch-up Night” was in jeopardy as was NeNe Leakes and Cody Simpson. The faces of the judges said it all when Bergeron called Simpson’s name as the contestant going home.
Simpson had done well, especially for a 17-year-old. The judges had urged him to put a bit more technique and les Cody-style into his dances but had praised him week after week for his natural abilities. The Throngs of screaming female fans were a testament to his popularity so it came as a complete shock when the youngster was booted.
The opening of the show
The show opened with a marvelous montage of Disney classics which the professionals and the troupe danced to culminating with a big finish set to “Step in Time” from “Mary Poppins.” The celebrities joined their partners for the last half of the number and really set the tone for the evening.
Donny Osmond was escorted to the judges’ table where he proclaimed “I feel like I’m home again.” He then reveled he has a long history with Disney. His brothers’ singing group was originally discovered by Walt Disney. If it hadn’t been for Walt, none of us would have ever heard of Donny and Marie or any of the Osmonds.
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke performed a quickstep set to “Aladdin’s” “Friend Like Me.” CGI effects were used throughout the night and Drew was punished with the insertion of a dancing genie which he and Cheryl supposedly were emulating. The timing was off, however and it looked ridiculous. As for the actual dancing, Bruno summed it up when he said it looked like “Aladdin on the edge of a nervous breakdown.” Drew earned all 7s for a total of 28 which ultimately left him in last place.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess did a jazz number to the “Mary Poppins” song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” It was fun, peppy and loaded with complicated choreography. Unfortunately, Charlie dropped the cane he was using as a prop but retrieved it brilliantly. Bruno called it the “best performance we’ve ever seen” while Carrie Ann equated Charlie’s performance to a “wave of happiness.” He earned a 10 from Len and 9s form the rest for a total of 37.
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy were delighted to be reunited. They did a quickstep to “Be Our Guest” from the “Lion King.” Danica looked sensational in Belle’s yellow ball gown. They were accompanied by dancers emulating dishes and dazzled the judges who gave 3 10s and a 9 for a total of 39.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough struggled with the waltz set to “So This Is Love” from “Cinderella.” Purdy was shown crying during her rehearsal package because the limitations of her prosthetic limbs did not allow her to properly execute the rise and fall of the waltz. Derek masked her shortcomings with simple but elegant movements and a fog machine. The judges did not critique her as harshly for the lack of content as they might have others. Only Len mentioned the pair should have been in hold more. Donny gave her a 10 while the others gave her 9s for a total of 37.
Cody Simpson and Witney Carsen delivered a sizzling samba set to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the “Lion King.” Carrie Ann said she “felt the power of Cody, bringing the “now” to the samba.” HE received 2 8s and 32 9s for a total of 34.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni were shown having a falling out during rehearsal but managed to turn in Ne’Ne’s best performance so far. They did a sinister Foxtrot to “Cruella de Ville” from “101 Dalmatians.” Len said of their dancing, “You 2 are a match made in heaven.” After the rough week of rehearsal, NeNe cried over the positive remarks and high scores – all 9s – which gave her a 36.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd executed a contemporary dance to “Let It Go” from “Frozen” that earned the first perfect score of the season. All the judges agreed that it was sheer perfection. They earned a 40.
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy were also glad to be reunited. Given the awkward choice of a samba set to “Someone like You” from the “Jungle Book,” the pair turned out an amazing routine. Carrie Ann commented that they “dance like you’re one body.” It didn’t hurt that all Maks wore was a bare of knee-length pants. They earned straight 9s for a total of 36.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas also did a samba set to “The Little Mermaid’s” “Under the Sea.” Though Candace executed every step perfectly, her nervousness showed though and made the routine feel less authentic. She got 3 9s and an 8 for a total of 35.
TV Line questions whether the right couple was sent home. What do you think?
Next week there will be another Macy’s Stars of Dance performance choreographed by Derek Hough. Tune in to see which star is voted off based on this week’s performance.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 6 on Monday night, April 21, at 8 p.m. on ABC.