dancing with the stars season 18 week 5 recap abc 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18, week 5: Disney themed dances and scores

“Dancing with the Stars” Season 18 is particularly animated in week 5 — literally. Because it’s Disney Week on the show, animated figures are popping up all over the dance floor. Plus, all of the dances are to songs from Disney movies.

It’s all a lot of fun and makes you wonder how it took “DWTS” so long to go with the theme.

The show begins with some results:

Charlie and Sharna are safe.
Drew and Cheryl are safe.

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the quickstep to “Friend Like Me” (from “Aladdin”)

The costumes are quite appropriate for “Aladdin.” This isn’t the most complicated-looking dance, but it’s nice. The dance-with-a-cartoon interlude in the middle is a bit odd though …

Len: “This routine was zip-a-dee-doo-dah … The performance had plenty of zip, but the steps were doo-dah.”

Scores: 7+7+7+7 = 28

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
Dancing jazz to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (from “Mary Poppins”)

Are we sure this is jazz? Of course, jazz typically looks more or less like whatever they want it to. It’s a cute dance. Basically, it’s a lot like the dancing in “Mary Poppins.”

Donny: “That was an amazing performance! I was so worried that you were going to drop the cane — and you dropped the cane.”

Scores: 9+10+9+9 = 37

Some more results:

Amy and Derek are safe.
Danica and Val are safe.
NeNe and Tony are in jeopardy.
Cody and Witney are in jeopardy.

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the quickstep to “Be Our Guest” (from “Beauty and the Beast”)

They get dancing animated candles and a chef while totally wearing the “Beauty and the Beast” costumes. Seriously, there are millions of six-year-old girls getting super jealous of Danica right now. The dancing is nice too.

Bruno: “You tamed the beast! That really was a deliciously tasty treat.”

Scores: 10+9+10+10 = 39

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Dancing the waltz to “So This Is Love” (from “Cinderella”) 

Now that is a princess dress. As the first really quiet and romantic dance of the night (“Be Our Guest” is peppy too), this is a nice change and very pretty.

Carrie Ann: “I saw some lifts, but I cannot take off a point from you for doing a lift … You created all the illusions that needed to be there. And I have to say, I hope Disney will make their next princess like you.”

Scores: 9+9+10+9 = 37

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson
Dancing the samba to “Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (from “The Lion King”)

There’s certainly no shortage of energy in this one. Also, a lot of samba manages to make its way into the themed dance — they don’t even need animation to make this one work.

Len: “I liked the energy you brought out, great timing, you captured the party feel of the samba.”

Scores: 9+8+8+9 = 34

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the foxtrot to “Cruella deVille” (from “101 Dalmations”)

NeNe is the only one allowed to have attitude, apparently. Yikes. Maybe she was getting in character for the role?

Whatever the case, she and Tony pulled it together enough for choreography to happen. The dance is quite nice, although possibly not terribly complicated — lots of NeNe vamping to fill any gaps. She vamps very well.

Donny: “You owned that dance floor! This is called ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ they should change it to ‘Dancing with NeNe!'”

Scores: 9+9+9+9 = 36

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing contemporary to “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”)

Oh stop being so lovable, James. I mean … Sigh.

Not sure about the choreography here, but it does look like the pair danced it very well.

Bruno: “You got that Ice Queen wrapped around your little finger, and you danced with such sincerity … So effortless.”

Scores: 10+10+10+10 = 40

First perfect score of the season!

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the samba to “I Wanna Be Like You” (from “The Jungle Book”)

There’s something inherently fun about this one. It may be kind of odd to do a samba to this song — especially with the animated animals dancing next to them. But it works and seems surprisingly natural.

Carrie Ann: “When you guys dance, it’s actually like you’re part of one body … I thought your technique was fabulous.”

Scores: 9+9+9+9 = 36

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
Dancing the samba to “Under the Sea” (from “The Little Mermaid”)

Sorry, it’s hard to write something about this after seeing Mark’s Sebastian the Crab costume. He looks way too happy in that. The dance seems to have a couple of slightly-off moments, but it’s good otherwise. They’re both having a lot of fun.

Donny: “Don’t give up, because what I just saw was so promising!”

Scores: 8+9+9+9 = 35

Last round of results here:

Candace and Mark are in jeopardy.
Meryl and Maks are safe.
James and Peta are safe.

NeNe and Tony are safe, and Candace and Mark are safe.

So the eliminated couple is …

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson?

Wow. Apparently being a teen star ain’t what it used to be.

Posted by:Laurel Brown