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Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 5 Recap

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This was the Disney night, where each contestant performed as a Disney character to a song from one of the Disney movies. It was also the first elimination in two weeks. Donny Osmond is the guest judge, although quite why is anyone’s guess. Anyhow, here’s how the dancing went down. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: As with previous weeks, Drew continued to showcase improved technique. His feet were mostly in the right places and doing the right thing. His biggest weakness was still the tension in his face. Score: 28 Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Their jazz routine to a song from “Mary Poppins” is ambitious, with lots of tricks with Charlie’s cane(which he dropped at one point). It seemed like he was struggling a bit to keep up. But, the theme was great and the costumed musicians added a lot to the piece. Score: 37 Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Their quickstep was well-executed for the most part. Personally, I think it benefitted a lot from the elaborate costuming and staging. The judges loved it. Score: 39 Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Amy continued to prove her strength and versatility in a waltz. There were a few rough parts, but overall she showed again why she should be judged as more the “inspiration”. The judges were impressed with it overall. Score: 37 Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: This samba was another in the brash, modern style Cody and Witney seem to be making their own. Cody was sick, which didn’t help his usual awkwardness. Carrie Ann found it refreshing, but the other judges were less favorable. Score: 34 NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: After their much-publicized rehearsal tiff, this proved to be one of NeNe’s best performances to date. She moved a lot bigger in this foxtrot. The judges complimented Tony’s choreography and her stage presence. Score: 36 James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: This piece was one of the best of the night. The combination of theming—“Let it Go” is definitely going to enhance any dance for a lot of viewers—and entertaining choreography made for fun watching. The judges all loved it. Score: 40 Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: This samba to a song from “Jungle Book” felt heavy-handed as far as the theming went. The dancing was good, but it was ultimately hard to focus on it. The judges seemed less impressed than usual by Meryl. Score: 36 Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Candace always seems to get underappreciated by the judges, at least to me. She still seems uncomfortable with the movement at times, especially in a samba like this one. Bruno gives Candace props for her progress. Score: 35 Cody and Witney were eliminated.

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