“Dancing With the Stars” pro Chelsie Hightower weighs in on each of the week’s performances. The “DWTS” veteran knows what it takes to dazzle on the dance floor and gives her take on the dances, the choreography, and the judges’ scores. You can find her on Twitter @chelsiehightowr.
By CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
It doesn’t get much more exciting than Disney night! The show took me back in time to my childhood and young adult years. Also, guest judge Donny Osmond brought so much energy and fun to the panel. Onto the routines!
Drew Carey: This dance ended with as much energy as it began and I really enjoyed it! When they were in hold their technique was a bit weak, but when they were dancing side by side they were strong. I have to say, his footwork all the way to his frame still need improvement. But overall, the “Aladdin”-themed dance was energetic and fun, and after all what’s not to like about Aladdin, a personal childhood favorite of mine. :D Great job guys!
Charlie White: I loved this dance! Aside from Sharna looking like the perfect Mary Poppins, I thought the choreography captured the character of the song and movie so well. There isn’t much to say about Charlie White except that he’s awesome! If you didn’t know better you wouldn’t be able to tell who was the pro and who was the celeb. Fantastic job to the pair!
Danica McKellar: This dance was captivating for all ages. My 3-year-old niece kept saying, “Again! Again!” afterwards. Danica’s performance to “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” was as magical as the movie with the dancing waiters and personified dancing dinner plates. With the well-crafted choreography and quality dancing, it was a first class performance from top to bottom. The 10s from the judges were well deserved!
Amy Purdy: Amy had a hard time in rehearsals this week and rightfully so. Doing the waltz without being able to use your ankles and feet to control your movement would be very difficult. While she struggled at times with the rise and fall technique, this dance was beautiful, elegant and charming. I loved it and Amy, anything you lacked in technique you made up for in confidence and elegance. Awesome, awesome job!
Cody Simpson: This dance was a lot of fun and Cody always puts on a great performance. On the downside, it was a lot of hip-hop and not a lot of samba. On the plus side, his hip-hop moves were good! Great job, Cody! We will most definitely miss watching you and your charming self in the ballroom!
NeNe Leakes: Nene played a character in this dance to music from the movie, “101 Dalmatians,” and she played it well! There was little Foxtrot content in this routine, but I really didn’t mind because she did the “non” foxtrot steps well. The difficulty for this couple is their true dance form is always challenged because of their height difference. Well done, Nene!!
James Maslow: This “Frozen”-themed contemporary dance was very entertaining! It was full of emotion and even contained some lifts that were very advanced. Personally, I would liked to have seen more graceful and fluid movements as opposed to jagged and sharp ones. But overall I’m impressed with James and his ability to handle this difficult dance. Well done, and congratulations on the first perfect score of the season!
Meryl Davis: This routine was a fun and enjoyable to watch, but as a critic, Meryl can get sloppy with her arm lines and doesn’t hold them till the end. Despite that, she is tight, clea, and compact in her dance style and a joy to watch no matter what she does. Well done!
Candace Cameron Bure: As Mark worked with Candace during the rehearsal segment, I noticed Mark’s heightened sense of care and I thought that was awesome. (Maybe working with Amy last week for the “Switch-Up” inspired a new perspective for Mark?). This samba set to “Under the Sea” from the film, “The Little Mermaid,” was great! It was entertaining, fun, and creative. I’d still like to see Candace dance with more femininity and lightness, but either way, great job!
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The Judges’ Scores
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 40
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 39
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 37
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 37
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 36
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 35
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 34 (Simpson was voted off tonight.)
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 28