Only 9 couples remain as “Dancing with the Stars” introduces its first ‘Disney Night.” The show is featuring many guest judges this season to add more spark and interest. TV Grapevine reported on April 12, that this week’s guest judge will be none other than season 9 champion, Donny Osmond.
Over the years, “Dancing with the Stars” has introduced many new gimmicks to keep interest in the show up. Last week fans saw the first switch-up, where celebrities were asked to trade in their partners for one week and perform with a different professional dancer. This week, the show is introducing “Disney Night.” That’s not too big of a stretch. ABC is owned by Disney Studios and the show has made use of many of the Disney stars over the last few seasons.
The stars will be performing dance routines to famous Disney music from movies including “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen.” Disney music is always popular and often wins awards so the marketing strategy here is brilliant.
This week’s guest judge, Donny Osmond, is no stranger to the ballroom. His performance in season 9 took him all the way to the finals where he went home with the coveted mirror ball trophy and bested his sister Marie’s performance on the show. She made it to the finals but was eliminated in week 10 of season 5.
Donny also has a Disney connection, making him the perfect choice for tonight’s guest judge spot. For those who don’t know or remember, he sang “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” for the movie “Mulan.” He will sit at the judges’ table with regular judges, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. According to E! Online, the pother guest judges this season have been Robin Roberts and Julianne Hough.
At the end of tonight, one couple will be eliminated, using the scores and votes from the last two weeks of performances.