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It is the first of two Disney nights in the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom and one pair’s journey is about to come to an end on Monday, October 11 on ABC. The first night is Disney Heroes night and the second night, on Tuesday, October 12, is Disney Villains night.
Check out the song list here — the ones we are looking forward to the most are Mel C. and Gleb Savchenko dancing a jazz number to “Step In Time” from “Mary Poppins,” Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten dancing a paso doble to “Call Me Cruella” from “Cruella,” and Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke dancing a Viennesse waltz to “Gaston” from “Beauty and the Beast.”
Follow along with our live recap and elimination spoilers below but be warned of spoilers if there is an elimination on Monday, October 11.
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JoJo Siwa & Jenna Johnson, Viennese Waltz
These two lovely ladies are dancing a Viennese waltz to “A Drem Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.” JoJo is going to be “the guy,” which is… that’s a choice. Honestly, like former pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya said about last week, I’d rather have them lean into celebrating that they are two women rather than making JoJo be “the guy” because she’s taller. Anyway, despite that, they look great together and this is very good. Very smooth, good rise and fall, good turns. Really solid dance. The judges are very complimentary, though Len Goodman wanted a little more content. They receive three 9s and an 8 from Len for a total of 35 out of 40.
Melanie C. & Gleb Savchenko, Jazz
Confession — I am beyond excited for this “Step In Time” number and they do not disappoint. There are kicks, lifts, even a one-handed cartwheel that they do while holding hands. This is delightful. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot of fun. They earn three 8s and a 7 from Carrie Ann Inaba for a 31 out of 40.
Matt James & Lindsay Arnold, Quickstep
This “Incredibles” routine is surprising — Matt is lighter on his feet than I was expecting here. He has shown a lot of growth as a dancer in four weeks. It could have been a little sharper and it was a little slow, it could have been a little more upbeat. But overall, solid. They receive two 6s (Carrie Ann and Len) and two 7s (Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli) for a 26 out of 40.
Jimmie Allen & Emma Slater, Paso Doble
“I’ll Make A Man Out of You” is a great song for a paso doble. Also, can I just say how dumb the Mickey Mouse Challenge is? It’s so weird and awkward, no thank you. But anyway, Jimmie is good on this, but Emma is definitely the star of this dance and I wish it was more evenly balanced. That’s an advantage the male celebs often have over the female celebs — they can get away with standing there or framing their partner and the female pro does flashy stuff and makes them look good. But this was very solid. They earn two 7s (Len and Bruno) and two 8s (Carrie Ann and Derek) for a 30 out of 40.
Amanda Kloots & Alan Bersten, Rumba
An emotional rumba to “You’ll Be In Heart” by a woman whose husband died and left her infant son without a father? I’m crying already. Though Alan’s costume and wig are distractingly bad. That almost dried the tears right up. Yikes. Anyway, this is lovely because Amanda is a very talented dance, but it’s not terribly exciting. She really could’ve blown this out of the water and instead, it felt very subdued and a little boring. But the judges liked it and gave them straight 8s for a 32 out of 40.
Olivia Jade & Val Chmerkovskiy, Samba
“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” is a weird song for a samba. The tempo is fine, but it’s not… Latin enough? The beat is wrong. Hmm. Something feels very off about the whole dance. There are some really good moments, but overall, it didn’t work for me. They receive three 9s and an 8 from Carrie Ann for a 35 out of 40.
The Miz & Witney Carson, Quickstep
“Friend Like Me” is a great choice for a quickstep. Painting the Miz in full blue body paint is… another choice. But anyway. The Miz continues to surprise and delight, he is quite a good dancer, especially for someone with no training. He is also giving 110 percent every week and clearly having the time of his life, which is so enjoyable to watch. Len in particular praises how controlled he was during the dance, which is totally true. He is really learning this craft. He earns three 8s and a 7 from Len for a 31 out of 40.
Kenya Moore & Brandon Armstrong, Contemporary
It feels weirdly early for a contemporary routine, but hopefully, it serves Kenya well. She’s talented. And then… it does! She does very well, especially when I feel like the woman often has to carry the emotional weight of a contemporary and she’s not the pro dancer. There were some bobbles, but I liked it. The judges don’t love it quite as much as me — they earn three 7s and an 8 from Derek for a 29 out of 40.
Brian Austin Green & Sharna Burgess, Waltz
They are waltzing to “Someday My Prince Will Come,” which is cute, I guess, since Sharna obviously brooks no nonsense from Brian. After they get past the stupid Mickey Dance Challenge thing, this is a good waltz. Brian could have a little more rise and fall, but it’s not bad. Unfortunately, the field is so strong this season that I’m not sure Brian and Sharna will be around too much longer. They receive three 6s and a 7 from Derek for a 25 out of 40.
Suni Lee & Sasha Farber, Salsa
This is the most fun Suni has been so far in the competition. She has good hip action and she looks like she’s having a good time instead of looking so nervous and inside her own head. Really cute dance. However, Suni is not as strong of a dancer as I want her to be and I don’t know if she’ll be around until the finals like a lot of gymnasts have been. But anyway, she receives three 8s and a 9 from Derek for a 33 out of 40.
Melora Hardin & Artem Chigvintsev, Quickstep
Artem gets to meet Melora’s husband, Gildart, at Disneyland. Gildart is actually a rather famous audiobook narrator, did you know? They are so cute together, they’ve been married 24 years and have two daughters. Anyway, this is a really, really good dance. Melora is a dark horse, she is very good. This dance is technically VERY hard and Melora nailed it. They deserve their score — they earn four 9s for a 36 out of 40.
Cody Rigsby & Cheryl Burke, Jive
I’m pumped to watch them do a jive, I think this is going to be great. And then, wow, it is high energy and non-stop. Cody does a huge opening all by himself and then he moonwalks! Like, legitimately moonwalks. I wanted more actual jive and so did the judges, but it was so much fun. Not the best dance of the night by any means, but very solid. They earn three 7s and a 6 from Len for a 27 out of 40.
Iman Shumpert & Daniella Karagach, Foxtrot
For a big guy, Iman continually surprises me at how smooth he is. He is so good! This was a lovely dance. Also, they revealed in the video package that Iman delivered his own baby, OH MY GOODNESS. That is WILD. I really think he should stay because I want to see how he continues to improve. The judges were very complimentary and he and Daniella received three 8s and a 6 from Len (WHAT?!) for a 30 out of 40.
The results for the Mickey Dance Challenge go to Jimmie and Emma for their paso doble. Good for them!
“Dancing With the Stars” season 30 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on ABC.
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