On Monday night’s (10/22) episode of Dancing with the Stars the ballroom was filled with magic and pixie dust as the remaining contestants danced to music from Disney films.
Showcasing everything from Mulan to Beauty and the Beast and even The Incredibles, the dancers got to embrace their inner playful sides with these childhood favorite-inspired routines. Bobby Bones channeled his inner Prince Eric as he and Sharna Burgess danced a waltz to music from The Little Mermaid.
Looking dapper in a royal ensemble, Bones danced across the ballroom floor, concentrating on his frame and footsteps. The judges took notice of his hard work, with Len Goodman finally awarding the duo with a score of 7.
“Bobby, you were right outside your comfort zone. Your thing is fun and entertainment and suddenly you’ve got to do a waltz. What I admired is you played it straight,” said Goodman after the dance. “You went for it in the proper way. Credit to you, Sharna. A proper waltz and pretty well done.”
Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli also praised the dance, saying Bones carried on “valiantly.”
Added Carrie Ann Inaba, “I love the way you focus so deeply on what Sharna’s teaching you. I can see it. I think the one thing that happens is you have so much joy when you dance, you start to giggle. And when you giggle, your shoulders go up. So just try to not giggle with body and I think we’ll see the evidence of the dance come through.”
Bones took the criticism with a smile, saying he loved that review. “That’s the best critique I’ve ever had in my life,” he said excitedly.
John Schneider also had a successful night in the ballroom. The singer/songwriter/actor and his partner Emma Slater danced to music from The Jungle Book.
As the two twirled across the dance floor for their quickstep, the room changed colors with leopard print patterns and palm fronds swirling about. Both out of breath after the performance, they eagerly awaited the judge’s assessment.
“Full of quickstep content, just what I like. High energy,” said Goodman. “Now you lost a bit of energy as the dance went along, but I thought you did a spectacular job. You were worried about this dance, but it transpired, in my opinion, to be your best dance to date. Well done.”
Inaba agreed with Goodman, saying “Okay, for me, it was your best performance as a whole. You looked so composed, so agile, so light on your feet. Everything was connected. There was just few little snafus going on, but it was your best performance. This is exactly what we want.”
The couple scored a 24 out of 30, marking their highest score yet.
Both Bones and Schneider danced well enough to earn high enough scores and fan votes to stay in the competition for another week. Football pro DeMarcus Ware and social media influencer Alexis Ren landed in the bottom two, but thanks to the magic of Disney night, both were spared from elimination.
Dancing With the Stars will return Monday, Oct. 29 with a night dedicated to Halloween. The following week, host Tom Bergeron teased, will be all about country music, so you know we’ll be tuning in!