‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Rumer Willis Tops Leaderboard; Suzanne Somers Eliminated
Dancing with the Stars returned Monday with Disney night, featuring all of the stars dancing to songs from the studio’s classic musicals.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani danced a Lady and the Tramp-themed Jazz routine, hoping to improve upon last week’s scores. Throughout rehearsals, Suzanne struggles and contemplates hanging up her dancing shoes for good – but ends up giving it another go. Despite a hiccup in the middle of the routine that threw the Three’s Company star off, the judges agreed that it was likely her best dance of the competition. Scores: 7+7+7+7=28
Doing a Quickstep tribute to Mary Poppins were the are they-aren’t they a couple duo Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson. The routine started off grandly, with Kym floating down to the stage with an umbrella. However, from there on, the routine went downhill, as Robert had a significant amount of trouble with his footwork. For the majority of the dance, the businessman was off rhythm and the judges scored him accordingly. Scores: 6+6+6+6=24
Patti LaBelle danced a Waltz to “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio with her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev. Patti, like Suzanne, is struggling with a nagging injury during rehearsals. Unlike Suzanne though, Patti doesn’t think for a second about quitting and throws herself into the ballroom dance. Together, the two put on a simple and elegant routine that earns the judges’ respect. Scores: 7+6+7+7=27
Relishing the chance to get creative, Mark Ballas goes over the top in producing an Alice in Wonderland-themed foxtrot with Willow Shields, playing the White Rabbit to Willow’s Alice. While the staging and the costumes are indisputably impressive, the dancing is less so. Carrie Ann Inaba, with the most critical review, thought that the Hunger Games actress was off for most of the first half of the routine. Scores: 8+8+9+9=34
Dressed in a miniskirt toga, Chris Soules played Hercules in a Quickstep routine choreographed by Witney Carson. After Chris snapped at Whitney during rehearsals, she brought in former champion Alfonso Ribeiro to help out – but they were dealt another setback when Chris pulled his calf. The dance itself, interspersed with Chris flexing his arm muscles, is clumsy throughout. Scores: 7+6+7+7=27
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess were inspired by Aladdin for their Foxtrot this week. The routine began with Noah arriving on his flying carpet before getting up to dance with Sharna as Jasmine. The flirty number is one of Noah’s best, as he’s grown in confidence over the weeks. Scores: 7+7+7+7=28
Riker Lynch got decked out as Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean as Captain Jack Sparrow for an intense Paso Doble with Allison Holker. Allison put Riker center stage for a bit of solo dancing to kick off the routine, which only got more impressive as it went on. Since the judges have been on Riker about not bringing enough masculinity to his dancing, Riker puts in the extra effort to bring all of the masculine energy required of the Paso Doble and impresses the panel. Scores: 10+9+9+10=38
Rumer Willis, after shutting down the idea of doing Frozen, does The Little Mermaid – but instead of playing Ariel, she chooses the villainous Ursula as her character and does a Samba with Val Chmerkovskiy. Rumer completely got into the evil character and her stellar dancing matched her flamboyant costuming. Scores: 10+9+10+10=39
Last up Monday night was Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough, who opted for a jazz routine set in the world of Frozen. Since Nastia has been criticized time and again for not bringing enough personality into her dancing, Derek wants them to get a bit silly in the number. The two lip-sync and do a recreation of the “Love Is an Open Door” scene from the recent Disney hit. Scores: 9+9+10+10=38
Chris, Suzanne and Patti were all in the bottom three after last week’s performances. In the end, it was Suzanne’s turn to head home.
Dancing with the Stars returns next week with a Spring Break theme.
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