Last night one of the most anticipated episodes of Dancing with the Stars happened. For several years, the show pays tribute to Disney with magical dance numbers like James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd's performance of "Let it Go" in 2014 and who could forget Rumer Willis as the sexiest sea witch in 2015? This year, even more memorable routines hit the stage, including a magical opening number, "Be Our Guest".
"Friend Like Me" - Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess
Brown embodied the Genie perfectly in this smooth jazz performance. The routine started with Brown in front of a red curtain, which opened and had him join a group. Brugess emerged as Jasmine and the pair danced with high-energy through lifts and kick lines. They scored a well-deserved 35/40.
"Part of Your World" - Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani
Maples became Ariel, while Dovolani turned into her handsome Prince Eric. The two performed this waltz elegantly, showing the romantic tale we know and love. However, the judges felt the routine floundered and gave the pair 28/40.
"Trashin' The Camp" - Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd
DiMarco and Murgatroyd performed a fun samba to "Trashin' The Camp" from Disney's Tarzan. The pair kept the audience entertained with their facial expressions and creative use of pots and barrels. The judges enjoyed their upbeat performance, giving them a score of 34/40.
"A Spoonful of Sugar" - Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff
The audience clapped along to Flutie and Smirnoff's jazz performance to "A Spoonful of Sugar", which included several props like Mary Poppin's magic bag. Although the audience felt the routine was delightful, it didn't go down so well with the judges, who gave them 24/40, the lowest score of the night.
"A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" - Von Miller and Witney Carson
Move over Prince Charming, Miller is here. He and Carson captured hearts in their romantic waltz from Disney's Cinderella. The routine also starred a beautiful rhinestone carriage which Carson runs to when the clock strikes midnight. Their wishes came true when the pair earned a respectable 32/40.
"Belle" - Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Zee starred as Belle in this playful foxtrot from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Gaston, aka Chmerkovskiy, joined her shortly after the performance started, adding an interesting element to the routine. Their dance was the nicest interaction between Belle and Gaston we've ever seen, but we couldn't help ourselves from enjoying it. The judges did too, giving a 36/40, the highest score for the night.
"I Wanna Be Like You" - Kim Fields and Sasha Farber
Fields and Farber found themselves in the jungle after stepping out of an army-green jeep. Several dancers dressed as animals "attempted" to scare the pair, but nothing could distract them from performing this incredible quickstep routine. With a score of 32/40, we can only hope Disney's live-action Jungle Book film coming out this week is as entertaining as these two.
"Try Everything" - Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe
Sweetin's and Mostepes's hips didn't lie as they performed this cha-cha to "Try Everything" by Shakira, from Disney's newest animated featured, Zootopia. They moved flawlessly, but the performance didn't have the same entertainment level as their counterparts, earning them 27/40.
"Circle of Life" - Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold
One of the favorites of the night, Morris and Arnold gave a fierce performance to "Circle of Life." Although they used no props, the two captured the scene's essence through sharp, powerful movements and a gorgeous African-sun backdrop. The judges felt their samba's strength, giving them a 35/40.
"You've Got Friend In Me" - Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas
VanZant and Ballas brought toys to life (literally) in their quickstep routine to "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Disney's Toy Story. With the pair starring as the lovable Woody and Jessie, they moved around the stage effortlessly. They even included green army men and a few moments where they fell to the floor when Andy was coming. Fun, energetic and animated, this performance earned them 36/40, tying with Zee and Chmerkovskiy for the highest score.
In the end, Maples and Dovolani drowned among the competition, and were sent home. Tune in next Monday at 8/7c to see who else remains part of this world.