This episode of Dancing with the Stars is the most packed of the season so far, with multiple live performances and an opening sequence for Disney Night.
Dancing with the Stars, by its very nature, will never have a particularly quiet episode ever again, if it ever had one in the first place. (Something about having celebrities learn to dance with professionals just doesn’t lend itself to subtlety.) Even so, some episodes have more emotional moments. Then we come to the episodes like this week’s Disney Night.
Let’s get right to it, with information from ABC’s press release.
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana — Auli’i Cravalho
Not only does Simone Biles have a dance style all to herself, actress Auli’i Cravalho will sing live. Presumably there won’t be any flags to hit her in the head this time like at the Oscars earlier this year.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: “Evermore,” Beauty and the Beast — Josh Groban
Rashad Jennings also has the only foxtrot of the evening, and it looks like Dancing with the Stars will capitalize on the latest movie to make a billion at the box office.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: “Ride,” Cars 3 — ZZ Ward
ZZ Ward will also perform live in what ABC calls a “world premiere” of a new song from Cars 3. Since it’s not on Spotify, we’ll just have to wait and see what it sounds like.
Heather Morris and Maks Chmerkovskiy: “For the First Time in Forever,” Frozen — Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd: “I’ve Got No Strings,” Pinocchio — Dickie Ward
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev: “That’s How You Know,” Enchanted — Amy Adams
Anyway, jazz is the most crowded category this week with a whopping three stars each attempting this style. “I’ve Got No Strings” feels like a strange choice considering how relatively new the rest of the songs being used tonight are. Tonight’s only paso doblé uses the second-oldest song.
Presumably, Alan Bersten is still dancing with Heather Morris; Maks Chmerkovskiy didn’t seem ready to go last week when asked.
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” Mulan — Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond will also perform live. The paso certainly does require the swiftness of a coursing river, the force of a great typhoon, the strength of a raging fire, and the mysteriousness of the dark side of the moon. It’s just up to Normani Kordei to get down to business. (Here are the lyrics, in case you don’t know them already.)
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: “When Can I See You Again?”, Wreck-It Ralph — Owl City
Since everyone else gets their own dance style, it’s stranger and stranger that three stars have to share jazz. Anyway, tango will play nicely with Bonner Bolton’s strength: his chemistry with Sharna Burgess.
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko: “Unforgettable,” Finding Dory — Sia
Date: Monday, April 17
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET/PT
TV Channel: ABC
Which star will make the most of the Disney theme to improve their standing with the judges?