September 28 was Disney Night for Dancing With the Stars season 29! The magical episode featuring performances from the remaining 14 celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners.
So, what happened during week 3 of DWTS, and which couple was sent home? Read on to find out.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. This article will be updated live as the episode airs.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Week 3 Live Recap
After Charles Oakley was eliminated first from the competition last week, the remaining 14 celebrities and their partners returned to the ballroom with new dances to hit Disney songs.
The episode opened with a light show from Disneyland’s “Main Street Electrical Parade,” in place of a big opening group dance.
The first dance of the night was Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten, performing a Jive to a song from Princess and the Frog. Jackson got her start on Disney Channel, so this week is especially important to her; performing “Almost There” was significant to Jackson too, as she acknowledged that Tiana is the only Black Disney princess. They scored 18 out of 30 for their dance.
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Monica Aldama and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Viennese Waltz to “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. They scored 21 out of 30 from the judges, a huge improvement from their previous week’s score.
Justina Machado and Sasha Farber danced the Charleston to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins, dressed as the title character and her beloved best friend Bert. The judges really enjoyed the number but encouraged her to be sharper on the “scissors action” of the footwork; they gave Machado and Farber a total score of 19 out of 30.
AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke took the ballroom stage to dance the Quickstep to “Prince Ali” from Aladdin after the commercial break. McLean dedicated the dance to his daughters, saying “I can’t wait to become a real-life prince for my baby girls.” The judges complimented McLean’s improvement, and he earned 21 points out of a possible 30.
Before Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe danced the Quickstep to “Zero to Hero” from Hercules, Heche gushed that there is no better person to play Hercules that Motsepe. They got a 15 out of 30 from the judges.
Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong danced the Foxtrot to the beautiful and emotional opening song from the Disney-Pixar movie Up. Mai was stunned when the judges awarded her 21 out of 30.
Nelly and Daniella Karagach danced the Foxtrot to a song from Disney-Pixar’s new upcoming animated movie Soul (which will be released in November of this year).
Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov danced the Samba to “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King, dressed in lion costumes. Bruno Tonioli said he was “stunned” by her performance, adding, “I actually have never seen a samba like this one.”
Following her ankle injury from last week, Kaitlyn Bristowe returned to the stage with her partner Artem Chigvintsev. The two danced the Rumba to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, which Bristowe said is her favorite Disney movie because she relates to Moana’s desire to leave her small home and reach her full potential out in the world. They got two 8s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and a 7 from Derek, for a total of 23 out of 30.
Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd danced to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, with Davis dressed as Lumiere the candlestick. They got a total score of 22 from the judges.
Catfish‘s Nev Schulman and his partner Jenna Johnson danced the Argentine Tango to a song from Pirates of the Carribean, with Schulman dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow. The judges loved their dance, earning the highest score of the season with 24 points out of 30.
Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart danced the Rumba to “Reflection” from Mulan. Carrie Ann Inaba was brought to tears, saying she watched Weir transform from a figure skater to a Latin ballroom dancer. They got three 8s from the judges, tying with Nev and Jenna for a score of 24.
Jesse MetCalfe and Sharna Burgess danced to “King of New York” from Newsies, which reconnected to MetCalfe to his first big break on Passions, which he booked in New York City. The judges felt it wasn’t his strongest dance, but he still scored a 20 out of 30.
Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko danced a waltz to “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella for the last performance of the night.
The Couple Eliminated at the End of Week 3 Was…
…Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov.
At the end of the night, Tyra Banks revealed that the bottom two couples were Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov and Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe. Derek Hough chose to save Anne and Keo, and Bruno seconded Hough’s decision, sending Carole and Pasha home.
Historically, DWTS has refrained from eliminating a couple on Disney Night, so it was somewhat surprising when they went through with the night’s elimination. Nevertheless, Baskin seemed in good spirits about her elimination, saying her husband was going to be so happy to have her back home.
New episodes of Dancing With the Stars season 29 air on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.