'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 Dance Recap: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!
By Desiree Murphy
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Dancing With the Stars' Disney Night did not disappoint!
From Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy's badass Paso Doble inspired by Mulan, to Sharna Burgess' adorably fun Wreck-It Ralph choreography for Bonner Bolton, the stars showed off their playful sides for a truly magical Monday in the ballroom.
Now, ET's breaking down the best moves from week five of the dance competition show!
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater, Foxtrot to "Evermore" from Beauty and the Beast
Dance highlight: While Emma's choreography was breathtaking once again, the true highlight began at the 1:19 mark, when Rashad assisted his partner into two beautiful spins on the floor, one in which he was holding only her right arm and leg. A delightful, strong way to end the routine, coming off their nearly perfect score from last week's Most Memorable Year Night. Judges' score: 32/40. "I haven't seen you dance a bad dance, and we're halfway through." - Len Goodman ET's score: 35/40. Classic, timeless and beautifully done -- Rashad was a gentle beast on the dance floor, and let's not forget this man is a running back! We're giving him a few extra points for his charm and gracefulness. Pulling off a dance this elegant is no easy feat. Celebrity/fan reaction:
What dance was CarrieAnn watching no way did that dance deserve a 7. Rashad and Emma were great. #disneynight#DWTS
Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd, Jazz to "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio
Dance highlight: Props to Peta for this incredibly cute choreography, and Nick for owning the spirited character! Our favorite moments happened at the 0:44 and 0:57 marks, when he danced with a cane and surprised us with the can-can. Judges' score: 34/40. "You were living and loving the moment. There is something new happening here. Follow it up!" - Bruno Tonioli ET's score: 34/40. #TeamBabyGotBack was in jeopardy for the second week in a row, but after this dance, the former Bachelor proved his place in the competition. It was refreshing to see Nick's playful, goofy side in the ballroom, and it's clear he's improving. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko, Viennese Waltz to "Unforgettable" from Finding Dory
Dance highlight: Kicking off the magical dance with a solo from Erika, the routine was filled with sprightly movements, including a back attitude spin at the 1:12 mark, and a beautiful dip at 1:04. We love that Gleb sprinkled these surprises in throughout the piece, and Erika made them flow ever so perfectly. "Unforgettable," for sure! Judges' score: 32/40. "Because you opened your heart, all of your lines were elongated -- bigger and more beautiful. Forget princesses, you are a queen!" - Carrie Ann Inaba ET's score: 35/40. A true breakthrough piece for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, but unfortunately, a little too late as the two were the fourth pair to be eliminated this season on Monday. Regardless, Erika was full of grace and left her heart on the dance floor, and for that, we think #TeamPrettyXxpensive deserved a few extra points. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy/Alan Bersten, Jazz to "For the First Time in Forever" from Frozen
Dance highlight: Heather "Let It Go" 100% during her Frozen-themed dance, making her way onto the judges' table at the 0:35 mark and into a trust fall. The other highlight was a perfectly executed back arch lift, which you can watch at 1:10. Judges' score: 34/40. "It's Disney night, it's a fun night, and you definitely brought out fun, so, well done." - Len Goodman ET's score: 36/40. We think the judges were way too hard on the former Glee star and her fill-in partner, Alan -- this routine encapsulated the essence of Disney Night perfectly, and Heather brought the playfulness. Sure, it wasn't the most difficult choreography we've seen Heather master, but we loved Maksim's vision. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess, Tango to "When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph
Dance highlight: Who knew Wreck-It Ralph could tango? Bonner and Sharna mastered their characters, delivering a joyful ballroom experience. Although there weren't too many tricks, it was entertaining, nonetheless, and you can tell Bonner is getting more comfortable leading Sharna across the stage. Judges' score: 30/40. "I saw you come to life. You had the character, you embodied it, and you really nailed the tango!" - Julianne Hough ET's score: 34/40. Extra points for creativity! This was one of the most fun dances of the night, and had us smiling the entire time. We also have to give major props to Bonner for attempting those fast neck movements the tango requires, which we know were not easy due to the surgeries he's had from his near-fatal bull riding accident last January. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy, Paso Doble to "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan
Dance highlight: So fierce, so powerful, so intense! We counted -- the Fifth Harmony star rocked six insanely strong high kicks in this number, busting them out with no hesitation. Judges' score: 39/40. "Your voice, your dance just showed every little girl out there that you can do ANYTHING you want. Woo! That is what that's about." - Julianne Hough ET's score: 40/40. This will go down as one of the most memorable dances this season, no doubt! #TeamValmani stepped up their game this week, setting the bar even higher for the weeks to come. The remaining contestants are really going to have to put in work in rehearsals if they want any chance at beating this powerhouse of a pair. Celebrity/fan reaction:
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold, Jive to "Ride" from Cars 3
Dance highlight: This routine moved as fast as a race car, thanks to the great performance factor Lindsay and David brought to the ballroom. We especially loved the quick kicks combo (starting at the 0:36 mark), and the moment at 1:10 where David appeared to be playing Lindsay like a guitar. Judges' score: 29/40. "You did not miss a step. Well done with that. You were IN it!" - Carrie Ann Inaba ET's score: 34/40. Like a few of the other pairs, we felt #TeamLadyAndTheGramp received very low, unfair scores from the judges. We appreciate Lindsay for amping up her choreography this season, challenging David to showcase new moves each and every week to keep their partnership strong and entertaining. The former MLB pro did not hold back, and we think he has what it takes to make it pretty far in the competition! Celebrity/fan reaction:
@D_Ross3 that dance was as clutch as your game 7 home run. Keep it up Grandpa Rossy!!!!
Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev, Jazz to "That's How You Know" from Enchanted
Dance highlight: It's hard to pinpoint just one highlight from this beautifully choreographed routine by Artem, as it was impossible to keep our eyes off Nancy's every move. She was so elegant and incredibly light on her feet, not to mention, she really did look like a real-life princess. Get a glimpse at the 0:56 mark! Judges' score: 36/40. "So much goodness ... you held your own, center of attention. You were just leading the number!" - Bruno Tonioli ET's score: 36/40. We agree with the judges on this scoring -- Nancy was the center of attention, and nailed this dance. She's been strong since the beginning of the competition, but getting even better week by week. As long as she can maintain her confidence out there in the ballroom, we know she'll place just fine this season. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Simone Biles & Sasha Farber, Contemporary to "How Far I'll Go" from Moana
Dance highlight: Ummm, where do we start?! We love that Sasha really let Simone showcase her athleticism with this dance, jam-packing the routine with gymnastics tricks. Beginning the dance with gorgeous soutenu turns, the piece wowed us from beginning to end, with a powerful lift into at backflip at 0:32, a surprise jump at 0:38, front flip off Sasha at 1:03 and flawless switch leap at 1:06. Judges' score: 38/40. "My lovely little goddess." - Bruno Tonioli ET's score: 39/40. This almighty number deserved an almost-perfect score in our opinion! Our only advice to Simone would be to work on the flow of her movements -- at some points, the transitions feel a bit forced (yes, we're being a little extra tough on her this week, only because we know she's capable of GOLD). Celebrity/fan reaction:
Who are YOUR favorites competing on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars? Which team do you think had the best dance? Let me know on Twitter (@desireemurphy_ ) or in the comments section on our official Facebook page! And be sure to follow all of our DWTS coverage all season long, right here on ETonline.com.