'DWTS' Week 5 Preview: Bonner Bolton's 'Very Different' Tango, Normani Kordei's 'Macho' Moves & More!
The magic of Disney is coming to life in the ballroom!
It's week five of Dancing With the Stars, and the remaining nine couples will each be dancing to catchy tunes while dressed as some of the brand's most iconic characters as "Disney Night" kicks off Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Ahead of their sure-to-be fun, lively and energetic performances, ET's breaking down everything you need to know!
Who's on top of the leaderboard?
1. Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: 39/40
2. Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: 36/40
3. Heather Morris and Maksim Chmerkovskiy/Alan Bersten: 35/40
Who's in danger of elimination?
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko were in the bottom two last week, and after receiving the lowest score (30/40) from the judges during Most Memorable Year night, we have a feeling this might be it for #TeamPrettyXxspensive. However, Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd tied with them for last place last week, so who actually goes home will be down to who received the most votes from fans! Guess we'll have to wait and see…
There will be multiple live performances!
ABC promises a "spectacular" opening number featuring the night's master of ceremonies, DWTS season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro. The network teases there will be singing and dancing to an original song with the entire cast. While we don't know too many details just yet, pro dancer Emma Slater did share this group pic, which was taken during rehearsals for the piece on Thursday. (Psst! We now know the dance was choreographed by Mandy Moore, the mastermind behind the magical moves in La La Land):
Also taking the stage to perform live is singer ZZ Ward. She'll be singing her new song, "Ride," from Cars 3, as David Ross and Lindsay Arnold show off their best jive skills.
Additionally, Auli'i Cravalho will perform "How Far I'll Go" from her leading role in Moana, as Simone Biles and Sasha Farber take on contemporary.
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, who are dancing the Paso Doble this week, will also perform to a live song, as Donny Osmond will belt out "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan.
Sharna Burgess wants fans to know why Bonner Bolton probably will score low this week.
Ahead of week five, the red-headed beauty went live on her Facebook with the professional bull rider, teasing what's to come when they hit the ballroom. Burgess explained that the two will be dancing a Wreck-It Ralph themed tango to Owl City's "When Can I See You Again?," which will be a challenge for Bolton.
Last January, the 29-year-old athlete suffered a near-fatal injury when he was bucked off the back of a bull, resulting in a slew of surgeries. To this day, he still has a lot of pain in all areas of his body, especially his neck. Unfortunately, the tango requires a lot of fast, sharp neck movements, which Bolton won't be able to physically master on Monday.
"A big characteristic of tango is that head snap, when you go into promenade position, it snaps really fast and then it stops," she explained. "B can't do that, and it's a huge characteristic, so we're doing it as much as we can, and putting that movement in there, and using the legs to make it staccato, but I sort of want it to be known, 'cause I don't want the judges to stand there and say, 'You didn't snap your head fast enough' when he physically can't do it."
"This is going to be a very different kind of tango," she added. "Usually tango is fiery, passionate and fierce, and this is very childlike, playful and fun … we're gonna spike [Bonner's hair], I'm gonna be Vanellope and have this black wig on, and a whole world of things. It's gonna be awesome!"
And get this! While Burgess is known for her unique choreography, she revealed #TeamDenimNDiamonds' routine this week is actually inspired by a Super Mario Bros. piece Mark Ballas choreographed for his season 19 partner, Sadie Robertson, which you can watch below:
Expect some "very macho" moves from #TeamValmani.
Normani has officially wrapped her tour with Fifth Harmony, which allows her and Val to fully focus on Dancing With the Stars now. When ET crashed one of their rehearsals last week, they teased the intensity of the choreography viewers will see as they make their way to the center of the ballroom.
"First of all, we're doing the Paso Doble," Val said. "It's a very macho dance, I'm trying to get into the mood. There's a lot of karate."
"We just talked about having fun, and she's going to have fun, and if Normani's having fun, then the audience is going to be like, 'Wow, amazing,'" he continued. "So [when I'm choreographing] I prioritize her, I prioritize our viewers and then I prioritize the judges."
What are the other couples dancing to?
Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko
Viennese Waltz, "Unforgettable" by Sia from Finding Dory
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater
Foxtrot, "Evermore" by Josh Groban from Walt Disney Pictures' Beauty and the Beast
Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev
Jazz, "That's How You Know" by Amy Adams from Enchanted
Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy/Alan Bersten
Jazz, "For the First Time in Forever" by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell from Frozen
Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd
Jazz, "I've Got No Strings" as sung by Dickie Jones from Pinocchio
Social media teases.
Below, see more of the best moments the stars have shared over Twitter and Instagram as they gear up to take the stage to perform again on Monday:
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