“Disney Night” proved to be a magical night for several of our celebrity contestants last week on “Dancing with the Stars.” We saw Jordan Fisher earn the first perfect score of the season, and several other stars like Frankie Muniz, Nikki Bella, Terrell Owens, Lindsey Stirling and Victoria Arlen also received high marks from the judges.
With the competition this close, one dip in scores could send any of these stars packing. And this week the ballroom is welcoming country superstar Shania Twain as the guest judge for “Movie Night,” during which the remaining nine couples will dance to celebrate several film genres including action, sci-fi, musicals, drama, and foreign.
Below are my scoring predictions for which couples will rise to the top of the box office and which ones will flop.
Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Paso Doble (“We Will Rock You” by Queen)
This week we’ll get to see some aggression from Victoria as she performs a sports-themed paso doble to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” This dance, along with the song choice, should be a great one for Victoria. The paso tends to be great for athletes given the intensity of the dance. My only concern is if she will be able to fully attack the movements.
Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann Inaba) + 8 (Len Goodman) + 8 (Bruno Tonioli) = 24/30
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev – Argentine Tango (“Demiere Danse” by Indila)
Last week was a breakthrough for Nikki and Artem as they earned their highest score of the season. This week they’re looking to continue their streak with steamy foreign-themed Argentine tango. Nikki is finally coming into her own as a dancer, and I think her Argentine tango will show that. She will have no problem executing the character of the dance or the lifts. But in order for Nikki to earn high marks Artem needs to make sure that her technique is on point and that the dance is exciting, passionate, and most importantly memorable.
Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 25/30
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold – Rumba (“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran)
Unsurprisingly Jordan and Lindsay became the first couple to earn a perfect score this season. With that achievement comes the pressure to deliver another perfect routine. This week they will set the mood with an intimate drama-themed rumba. I’m expecting them to knock this out of the park as Jordan proved he can be vulnerable and show great lyricism in his movements. But I have a funny feeling that the judges, especially Len and Carrie Ann, will be extra critical, so we might see a point or two deducted from his score.
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 10 (Bruno) = 28/30
Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd – Samba (“Wild Wild West” by Will Smith)
For the second week in a row Nick and Peta were at the bottom of the leaderboard on “Disney Night.” Unfortunately I don’t see their samba this week helping them. As I’ve said time and again the samba is the kiss of death on this show, and Nick doesn’t have the best sense of rhythm to handle Latin dances like several of his co-competitors. I won’t be surprised to see Peta doing a lot of the heavy lifting for the two throughout this dance. Even if by some chance he escapes elimination on Monday this dance might be the nail in the coffin for his run on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Scoring Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 19/30
Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Quickstep (“Let’s Be Bad“ from “Smash”)
While several couples are improving week after week it seems like Vanessa is actually regressing based on her two most recent dances. I’m hopeful that her musical-themed quickstep this week will help get her groove back. I’m not sure what’s going on behind the scenes, but I’ve noticed that Vanessa seems to have lost the spark that she had at the beginning of the season. I think she’s a fantastic dancer and could really go far as long as her heart is still in it. If she and Maks are able to recapture that magic they had early on, then this dance will be the comeback she needs to be a viable contender.
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 28/30
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson – Jazz (“Holly Rock” by Sheila E)
Frankie scored a near-perfect routine with his “Pirates of the Caribbean” Argentine tango. Will his jazz number give him his first perfect score? Honestly, I think he might be able to do so as jazz gives the couple free rein in terms of choreography. I think another plus for Frankie and Witney is that the song choice has an energetic throwback vibe that will help them execute a memorable routine.
Scoring Prediction: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 10 (Bruno) = 30/30
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke – Jive (“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man)
Terrell Owens is starting to come into his own in the competition. But this week could prove to be a challenge for him as he’s dancing a jive to the hit “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. The jive has been a mixed bag for football players on this show as many of them struggle with keeping their legs straight for the fast-paced flicks and kicks. But what I love about Terrell is that he continues to challenge himself as a dancer, so hopefully that determination will translate well with their jive.
Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 22/30
Drew Scott & Emma Slater – Paso Doble (“Legend” by The Score)
Drew is another star who continues to step it up week after week, and this time he and Emma will be performing an action-packed paso doble. Drew has impressed me with his ability to embody the character of each dance, so this could potentially be his highest-scoring dance of the season, provided that his movements are full of attack and he’s able to exude the masculine energy of the dance.
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 26/30
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas – Argentine Tango (“Human” by Sevdaliza)
Lindsey and Mark are on the hunt to receive their first perfect score this season. This week they have the benefit of the most interesting theme and dance style. Personally, I’ve been excited to see Lindsey perform an Argentine tango since watching her perform one with Derek Hough in her music video to “The Arena.” With Lindsey having some experience with this dance along with Mark’s innovative choreography, this should be the performance that gives them their long overdue perfect score.
Scoring Prediction: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 10 (Bruno)= 30/30
1. Frankie & Witney – 30/30
1. Lindsey & Mark – 30/30
3. Jordan & Lindsay – 28/30
3. Vanessa & Maks – 28/30
5. Drew & Emma – 26/30
6. Nikki & Artem – 25/30
7. Victoria & Val – 24/30
8. Terrell & Cheryl – 22/30
9. Nick & Peta – 19/30
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