‘Dancing with the Stars’ preview: ‘Disney Night’ could yield the first perfect score of the season

We’re now at about the halfway point of “Dancing with the Stars” season 25, and the competition continues to heat up. Singer and actor Jordan Fisher received a near-perfect score for his emotional contemporary routine last week on “Most Memorable Year Night.” Will he continue to spellbind the judges tonight on “Disney Night”?

Each of the remaining 10 couples will perform a previously unlearned routine inspired by several Disney classics like “The Jungle Book,” “Pinocchio,” and “The Lion King” and some potential modern classics like “Moana” and the upcoming Pixar film “Coco.”

So which stars will capture the Disney magic, and which ones will fall below expectations? Check out my score predictions below.

Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Jazz (“Steamboat Willie” from “Steamboat Willie”)

Last week proved to be a breakthrough moment for Victoria as her foxtrot earned her highest scores to date. This week Victoria and Val will dance a jazz routine to “Steamboat Willie.” As I’ve discussed before, jazz routines are so subjective that it mostly comes down to the entertainment factor. I’m not a fan of this song choice, as it isn’t memorable enough and doesn’t have the pizazz to make Victoria stand out. I also think that the dance style might be a challenge for her, as jazz involves more side-by-side dancing than partnering. So I think we’ll see a dip in her scores from last week.

Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann Inaba) + 8 (Len Goodman) + 8 (Bruno Tonioli) = 24/30

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev – Jazz  (“Remember Me” from “Coco”)

Nikki proved last week that she shouldn’t be counted out with her strong and powerful contemporary routine. Now that she has finally been able to let down her guard, we’ll get a chance to see Nikki’s fun and lighthearted side with a jazz routine to the song “Remember Me” from “Coco,” which opens this November. I feel that Artem hasn’t been given enough credit for creating memorable routines for Nikki. Although her contemporary dance and Viennese waltz weren’t the best dances in their respective nights, they were still memorable in their storytelling and staging. If Artem continues to think outside of the box while challenging Nikki then we should be in for a treat this week.

Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 25/30

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold – Foxtrot (“You’re Welcome” from “Moana”)

Jordan’s emotionally jaw-dropping contemporary routine last week earned him and Lindsay a near perfect score. With the pressure on, can he and Lindsay make it 30 out of 30 this week? As I’ve said before, is there a dance this kid can’t perform? I’m expecting this routine to be entertaining, lighthearted, full of content, and most importantly it will capture the essence of what Disney is all about. But I do have a funny suspicion that Len will find something wrong with it and will dock them a point or two.

Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 10 (Bruno) = 27/30

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd – Quickstep (“Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book”)

After being announced as in jeopardy twice this season already, it doesn’t look too good for Nick and his partner Peta. Will his quickstep help him get out of last place? As someone who has been disappointed with Nick’s performances on the show so far, I thought his contemporary routine last week was a step in the right direction. I can see the quickstep being a great dance for Nick as it requires less lyrical movement, hip action, and intricate footwork than many of his past dances. As long as he can maintain his hold and the quick footwork he should be in good standing.

Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 23/30

Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Waltz (“Un Jour Mon Prince Viendra“ from “Snow White”)

After weeks of showing her fierce and fun personality Vanessa had a bit of a struggle with her rumba last week, causing her to fall towards the back of the pack. This week Vanessa and Maks are going to slow things down with a waltz to “Un Jour Mon Prince Viendra” from “Snow White.” I’ll be glad to see Vanessa perform a waltz as it’s a nice change of pace from the sassier dances we’ve seen from her this season. With each performance Vanessa has shown that she’s able to embrace the character of the dance, so I expect this to be a beautiful and breathtaking routine.

Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 26/30

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson – Argentine Tango (“Angelica” from “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”)

After bouncing back last week with a respectable foxtrot, Frankie and Witney are looking to heat up the dance floor with their Argentine tango to “Angelica” from “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” This routine could potentially be a game-changer for Frankie. With Lindsay and Jordan out in front and stars like Drew, Victoria, and Vanessa inching their way to the top, Frankie and Witney need to make sure that they don’t get lost in the shuffle. In order for this routine to work, Frankie will need to make sure that his technique is spot-on, as the Argentine tango is one of the more intricate dance styles on the show. Also, he needs to be in control of the dance, as the male partner is expected to lead. I’m really not confident about how the judges will score this.

Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 25/30

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke – Quickstep (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King”)

Terrell’s Viennese waltz last week proved that he still has the potential to last for a while in this competition. With his new boost in confidence, Terrell is hoping that his quickstep to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from “The Lion King” will continue that upward trend. The quickstep should be another great dance for Terrell as the pro athlete should have no problem with the stamina this fast-paced style requires. Cheryl knows how to choreograph to her partners’ strengths and will make sure that Terrell shines in this routine.

Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 24/30

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko – Rumba (“Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid”)

After placing at the bottom of the leaderboard in week three, many people were shocked to see Sasha and Gleb avoid elimination last week. The pair is going to bring love to the dance floor as they perform a rumba to “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid.” I’m still waiting for Sasha to have that standout moment that distinguishes her as a true contender. Although she dances well, her routines leave much to be desired. I predict this will be another solid but forgettable dance.

Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 24/30

Drew Scott & Emma Slater – Viennese Waltz (“Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”)

Drew surprised both me and the judges with his entertaining jive on “Most Memorable Year Night.” Drew is proving to be a dark horse this season and may continue that with his Viennese waltz to “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie.” Ballroom styles are in Drew’s wheelhouse, so I’m expecting him to really nail the Viennese waltz as he has shown that he can handle lyrical dances while maintaining proper frame and hold.

Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 25/30

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas – Foxtrot  (“When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio”)

Lindsey and Mark’s Viennese waltz last week was one of the most emotionally stirring routines I’ve ever watched on “Dancing with the Stars.” Unfortunately, I felt that Lindsey was underscored by the judges. Hopefully they’ll correct that mistakes when they rate Lindsey and Mark’s foxtrot tonight to “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio.” Mark has been on-point with his choreography and storytelling this season. Like Jordan and Lindsay, I enjoy watching what Lindsey and Mark will come up with week after week. I think their foxtrot will be entertaining, full of content, and most importantly will tell a story from start to finish. I’ll go ahead and make the bold prediction that Lindsey will receive the first perfect 30 of the season.

Scoring Prediction: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 10 (Bruno)= 30/30


1. Lindsey & Mark — 30

2. Jordan & Lindsey — 27

3. Vanessa & Maks — 26

4. Drew & Emma — 25

4.  Frankie & Witney — 25

4.   Nikki & Artem — 25

7.  Sasha & Gleb — 24

7.   Terrell & Cheryl — 24

7.   Victoria & Val — 24

10.  Nick & Peta — 23

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