‘Dancing with the Stars’ Disney Night rankings: Who gave the best performance in week 5? [POLL]

We’re now at the halfway point of the competition on “Dancing with the Stars,” and for the third time this season Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy topped the leaderboard, this time with a thrilling and exciting paso doble. Simone Biles and Sasha Farber held on to the number-two spot for the second week in a row. And Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev continue their slow ascent to the top, placing third.

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Heather Morris continues to be in the middle of the pack as she tied for fourth with Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, who received surprisingly high scores for a very stiff and awkward jazz routine. Last week’s top scorer Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater saw their scores drop as they tied for sixth with Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko, who were eliminated despite their breakthrough performance.

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess as well as David Ross and Lindsay Arnold rounded out the bottom of the leaderboard. This was the first time that Ross finished dead last in the competition.

Overall, I thought there were some amazing routines from Kordei, Kerrigan, Morris, and Biles, while Jayne performed her best dance of the season. Among the men, of course, Jennings continues to be ahead of the pack by a mile. And it was great to see Bolton and Viall show some personality, but they still lacked the musicality to keep up with the competition.

Now that we know where the judges ranked the contestants, below are my personal rankings for “Disney Night.” After reading my analysis vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know who you think gave the best performance of the night.

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1. Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy (Paso Doble)

“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” by Donny Osmond from “Mulan” — After receiving mixed comments from the judges last week, Kordei and Chmerkovskiy were looking to get back on top of the leaderboard. Chmerkovskiy always does a great job of letting his partners shine on “Disney Nights” (consider some of his past work here), and Kordei brought the intensity, characterization, technique and drama to the dance. To echo the judges, she was perfection!

My Pre-Show Predictions:  9 (Carrie Ann Inaba), 9 (Len Goodman), 9 (Julianne Hough), 10 (Bruno Tonioli) = 37

Actual Scores: 10 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 10 (Hough), 10 (Tonioli) = 39

2. Simone Biles & Sasha Farber (Contemporary)

“How Far I’ll Go” by Auli‘i Cravalho from “Moana” — After Biles finally let down her guard last week, her pro partner Farber is now putting the pressure on her. As expected this dance was full of amazing lifts and tricks. It was full of lyrical movements, and I loved how they used the entire dance floor.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 9 (Inaba), 10 (Goodman), 10 (Hough), 10 (Tonioli) = 39

Actual Scores: 9 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 10 (Hough), 10 (Tonioli) = 38

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3. Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev (Jazz)

“That’s How You Know” by Amy Adams from “Enchanted” — Kerrigan is now feeling the pressure of being one of the frontrunners. Chigvintsev wanted to show her fun side with this routine, though Nancy struggled with anxiety over being one of the older contestants in the competition. However, this turned out to be a truly cute and fun routine. It was delightful and graceful throughout, and I agreed with the judges’ scores.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 9 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 36

Actual Scores: 9 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 36

4. Heather Morris & Alan Bersten (Jazz)

“For the First Time in Forever” by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell from “Frozen” — Morris was excited to be dancing a jazz routine, since it’s more in her comfort zone. But her regular pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, still sidelined due to injury but choreographing anyway, is really putting the pressure on Morris to nail the characterization of the dance. I thought the end result was an exciting routine. Morris succeeded at embodying the playful character of the dance. Granted, one might have expected to see a more full-on production given Morris’s dance background, but I thought her jazz routine was much better than Viall’s even though they somehow got the same score from the judges.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 10 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 10 (Hough), 10 (Tonioli) = 39

Actual Scores: 8 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 34

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5. Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater (Foxtrot)

“Evermore” by Josh Groban from “Beauty and the Beast” — Jennings and Slater are still glowing from receiving the first 10s of the season last week for their contemporary dance. For “Disney Night” Jennings was understandably concerned about the slow tempo of the song for their foxtrot, but he once again proved he can handle any dance you give him. Although the song was a bit slow, Jennings stayed on the beat and stayed in character. I agree with the judges that the dance wasn’t his best, but I thought it was a solid routine nevertheless, so I was surprised by the 7 from Inaba. I would’ve given him an 8 or 9.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 9 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 36

Actual Scores: 7 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 32

6. Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko (Viennese Waltz)

“Unforgettable” by Sia from “Finding Dory” — Jayne and Savchenko reflected on their subpar dance from last week while training for their “Disney Night” routine. It looks like Jayne was finally able to let down her guard, and Savchenko finally got the memo to show her in a different light with his choreography. And it was about damn time! This was Jayne’s best dance by a mile. I loved her solo intro to the dance, and the rest was just as full of lyrical content, flowing and beautiful. I wished we had seen this from her earlier in the season.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 8 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 32

Actual Scores: 8 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 32

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7. Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd (Jazz)

“I’ve Got No Strings” as sung by Dickie Jones from “Pinocchio” — Viall was excited to receive his best scores of the season last week, but was still disappointed about placing last on the leaderboard. I’ll give him credit for finally showing some personality, but this routine was a mess. He was stiff throughout and was unable to deliver the energy needed for the dance. And boy was he overscored by the judges! Clearly, they’re being a bit too easy on him.

My Pre-Show Predictions:  8 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 31

Actual Scores: 9 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 34

8. David Ross & Lindsay Arnold (Jive)

“Ride” by ZZ Ward from “Cars 3” — Ross was surprised to see how far he’s gotten in the competition. Now he’s starting to feel the heat and is starting to doubt himself given his age (at 40 he’s the oldest man remaining). But you’ve got to love his enthusiasm week after week. However, I knew the jive wouldn’t be his best dance. The choreography was simple and didn’t have enough of the flicks and kicks needed for this style of routine. I figured he would get the lowest score.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 7 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 28

Actual Score: 7 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 29

9. Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess (Tango)

“When Can I See You Again?” by Owl City from “Wreck-It Ralph” — Bolton had a newfound confidence after last week’s emotional dance. He showed lots of personality at the beginning of this week’s tango, but once he gets in hold with his partner Burgess that’s when he becomes stiff and robotic. However, I will say that he did much better than I expected, and I can’t argue with his score.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 8 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 30

Actual Scores: 7 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) =  30

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ELIMINATION PREDICTION:

I think the bottom three next week will be Morris, Bolton and Ross with Bolton ultimately leaving the competition.

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