'DWTS': Nick Viall, Normani Kordei & Other Stars Bring the Magic in Epic 'Disney Week' Performances
It was Disney Week on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, and that meant a lot of beautiful costumes, intricate dances, ornate set designs and a whole lot of nostalgia-fueled magic.
Check out which stars paid the most epic tribute to the Disney classics that inspired their routines, and which contestant was sent home after a night of impressive performances.
1. Rashad Jennings Shows Off His Beast Side
The NFL pro and his partner, Emma Slater, returned to the dance floor after last week's near-perfect score with a Beauty and the Beast-themed foxtrot set to the film's beloved tune "Evermore."
While the performance -- which was based on Belle's iconic ballroom dance with the eponymous Beast -- was majestic, many of the judges felt Jennings' footwork and timing could have used improvement, and they ended up with a score of 32 out of 40, one of the lowest of the night.
2. Nick Viall's Pinocchio Transformation
The Bachelor star shaved off his scruffy beard to get a clean-cut look for his Pinocchio-inspired jazz routine with partner Peta Murgatroyd. Viall went all out with a schoolboy-style Pinocchio outfit and he even rocked some rouge.
While their performance, set to the movie's most famous song, "I've Got No Strings," started off a bit unsettling (because no one in the world likes marionettes, and that's a fact), his showmanship, footwork and spot-on timing earned him and Murgatroyd their highest score of the season with a 34 out of 40.
3. Heather Morris Gets Frozen
The former Glee star and her substitute partner, Alan Bersten, took to the DWTS stage as Anna and Kristoff from Disney's Frozen for a fun jazz number set to "For the First Time in Forever," and it was a magical homage. The playful, lighthearted routine even consisted of a lift that Morris' regular partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, made up on his own, and the pair nailed it.
However, the dance divided the judges, with some commenting that it lacked substance, while others thought it was perfectly charming. Morris and Bersten still walked away with a formidable score of 34 out of 40.
It was a fun way to conclude Bersten's run on the season, as Chmerkovskiy announced during the show that he'd be returning to the dance floor with Morris next week.
4. Normani Kordei's Mulan Performance
For the Fifth Harmony singer's paso doble with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, the pair turned to the Disney classic Mulan for inspiration -- and it was a match made in heaven. Kordei nailed every movie and high kick that came her way during the routine.
5. Nancy Kerrigan's Enchanted Jazz Routine
Donning a beautiful blue gown and digging into a traditional, content-rich jazz routine, the Olympic figure skater and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, performed a beautiful number inspired by Disney's Enchanted. The skillful dance proved Kerrigan's potential as a real contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy, and the pair walked away with a score of 36 out of 40.
6. Simone Biles' Moana Adventure
The Olympic gold medalist and her supportive partner, Sasha Farber, were pitch perfect in their Moana-themed contemporary routine, which was set to the movie's hit tune, "How Far I'll Go." Moana herself, Auli'i Cravalho, was on hand to sing the beautiful number, and performed live on stage as Biles and Farber danced in front of her.
The performance was near-flawless and earned them a score of 38 out of 40, just a point behind Kordei and Chmerkovskiy.
Elimination:
At the end of the night, it was time to send someone home. Viall and Murgatroyd found themselves in jeopardy, alongside Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and her partner, Gleb Savchenko.
Viall earned two more points than Jayne on Monday, so it was no surprise when the axe came down and Jayne was sent packing. However, both contestants in jeopardy scored higher scores than Jennings, Bonner Bolton or David Ross.
The judges appreciated Jayne's Viennese waltz set to "Unforgettable," as part of a routine that was supposedly based on Finding Dory (despite not really having much to do with the beloved Pixar film in terms of costuming or visual design). But after weeks of lackluster dances, it felt like it was her time to go.
Speaking with co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews after her elimination, Jayne had nothing but positivity to share about her participation on the show.
"It was incredible. I had a wonderful time," the 45-year-old reality star and singer said. "Thank you all so much… it was an incredible experience."
"I'm so proud of you and I had a great time with you," Savchenko shared with his celeb partner.
Dancing With the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.