Last week’s “Most Memorable Year” night on “Dancing with the Stars” proved to be a breakthrough for several stars who received their highest scores to date. No star received anything lower than a 7 and we saw Rashad Jennings received the first 10s this season — three of them to be exact.
This week’s theme is “Disney Night,” and this is the fourth season of “DWTS” to celebrate this theme. While “Most Memorable Year” brings out more emotional dances, “Disney Night” often does the complete opposite by allowing the stars to let out their inner child. So this week should bode well for the more entertaining stars like Simone Biles, Jennings, Heather Morris, Normani Kordei and David Ross, who have no trouble in the showmanship and personality departments.
Below are the dance styles that will be performed in the fifth week of competition and the stars who will be taking them on:
Will the judges continue to be on an emotional high from last week or will they come back to their nitpicking senses? Please read below for my take on each couple.
Simone Biles & Sasha Farber
Contemporary — Song: “How Far I’ll Go” performed by Auli‘i Cravalho from “Moana”
“Most Memorable” night was a breakthrough for Biles as she was able to break down the emotional wall that she’s built up as a gymnast. Now that her guard has been let down she and Farber will be unstoppable. I have high expectations this week for them as they perform a contemporary routine to “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” I fully expect Farber to tap into Biles’s gymnastic background with several amazing lifts and flips throughout.
Score Prediction: 9 (from Carrie Ann Inaba) + 10 (from Len Goodman) + 10 (from Julianne Hough) + 10 (from Bruno Tonioli) = 39
Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess
Tango – Song: “When Can I See You Again?” by Owl City from “Wreck-It Ralph”
After a few mishaps, Bolton earned his best scores of the season last week for his foxtrot. In the hopes of keeping up those scores, he and Burgess will be dancing the tango to “When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It-Ralph.” I think he’ll do well with his frame and hold for the tango. My only question will be his potential timing issues. The song isn’t the most traditional choice for a tango and that could be a problem for Bolton.
Score Prediction: 8 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 30
Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko
Viennese Waltz — Song: “Unforgettable” by Sia from “Finding Dory”
Four the past four weeks Erika Jayne has been kind of a one-trick pony, relying on her sexiness. This week we’ll hopefully see a more vulnerable side of her as she performs a Viennese waltz to “Unforgettable” from “Finding Dory.” Now that low scorers Chris Kattan, Charo and Mr. T are gone she’s going to have to step it up if she wants to continue in this competition. Alas, I feel that it might already be too late, as I’m predicting she’ll be the one leaving tonight. However, if she does manage to stay another week hopefully this dance will show her greater potential as a contender.
Score Prediction: 8 (Inaba) + 8 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 8 (Tonioli) = 32
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater
Foxtrot — Song: “Evermore” by Josh Groban from Beauty and Beast
Jennings’s emotional and touching contemporary routine last week earned the first 10s of the season. He and Slater will continue to tug at the audience’s heartstrings as they perform a foxtrot to “Beauty and the Beast.” I think this will be another great dance for the couple. Jennings is skilled at emotionally connecting to the music and dance style. He’s also proved that he can handle ballroom routines, as was the case in his Viennese waltz in week two. Expect another spectacular performance from these two.
Score Prediction: 9 (Inaba) + 9 (Goodman) + 9 (Hough) + 9 (Tonioli) = 36
Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev
Jazz — Song: “That’s How You Know” by Amy Adams from “Enchanted”
Last week Len Goodman called Kerrigan a “frontrunner.” The last two weeks we’ve seen the Olympic figure skater come out of her shell and really own the dance floor. This week we get to see a lighthearted and fun jazz routine from her and Chigvintsev to the song “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted.” I think this is the perfect song choice for the couple. As long as Kerrigan lets loose and has fun they will receive high marks from the judges.
Score Predictions: 9 (Inaba) + 9 (Goodman) + 9 (Hough) + 9 (Tonioli) = 36
Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy
Paso Doble — Song: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” by Donny Osmond from “Mulan”
Last week, Kordei performed a sizzling rumba that the judges were split on. This week she and Chmerkovskiy have a chance to redeem themselves with a paso doble to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from “Mulan.” Since “Disney Night” was introduced to “DWTS” in season 18 Chmerkovskiy has created several memorable and high scoring routines with his previous partners Danica McKellar (season 18), Rumer Willis (season 20), and Ginger Zee (season 22), so I’m expecting another showstopping dance. Also Kordei is finally done touring with her music group Fifth Harmony, which means she can now devote all of her attention to “DWTS.” If she can display the intensity and aggression of the paso then we are in for a dazzling treat.
Score Predictions: 9 (Inaba) + 9 (Goodman) + 9 (Hough) + 10 (Tonioli) = 37
Heather Morris & Alan Bersten
Jazz — Song: “For the First Time in Forever” by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell from “Frozen”
Since Bersten has taken over for Morris’s regular partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Morris’s performances and energy have been electric. Perhaps reflective of all the backlash against her over her extensive dance experience (she was a back-up dancer for Beyonce), she has yet to top the judges’ leaderboard, but I think this will probably be the week she does it. Outside of the freestyle, jazz is probably the one dance style where Morris will be able to put her hip-hop training to use without being penalized.
Score Prediction: 10 (Inaba) + 9 (Goodman) + 10 (Hough) + 10 (Tonioli) = 39
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold
Jive — Song: “Ride” by ZZ Ward from “Cars 3”
After performing two fun and entertaining dances in weeks two and three, Ross and Arnold slowed things down last week with a Viennese waltz that didn’t receive the most praise from the judges. He is set to perform another fun and energetic routine with a jive to “Ride” from the upcoming “Cars 3.” I think he will definitely bring the entertainment, but I’m not sure he’s going to be able to handle the technical skills required for the jive. I remember that he had a bit of trouble with the technique and timing for his cha cha in week two. Based on that, I don’t think this is going to be a high-scoring routine for them.
Score Predictions: 7 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 28
Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd
Jazz — Song: “I’ve Got No Strings” as sung by Dickie Jones from “Pinocchio”
Viall’s rumba last week earned him his best scores of the season. Although I felt he was a bit over-scored, it was great to finally see some improvement from him. This week he and Murgatroyd will be performing a jazz routine to “I’ve Got No Strings” from “Pinocchio,” and I think it could either be another breakthrough for the “Bachelor” star or a hot mess. In order for Viall to do well, he’s going to need to bring out his personality to sell the dance.
Score Predictions: 8 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 8 (Tonioli) = 31
So here’s how I think the overall judges’ leaderboard will break down. Do you agree with me that Biles and Morris will be tied at the top?
1. Simone Biles – 39
1. Heather Morris – 39
3. Normani Kordei – 37
4. Rashad Jennings – 36
4. Nancy Kerrigan – 36
6. Erika Jayne – 32
7. Nick Viall – 31
8. Bonner Bolton – 30
9. David Ross – 28
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