DWTS 18: Party anthems in week 6

While I do appreciate the color red, I don’t appreciate Redfoo as a guest judge. Redfoo is the youngest song of Berry Gordy, Jr. Yes…the guy who founded Motown Record Company. That guy. He’s a hometown boy–born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Palisades Charter High School.

What does this guy know about ballroom dancing? This kind of guest judge appearance is just jumping the shark in a hip-hop way. So not even jumping the shark, hopping over the shark.

What does fit is that Redfoo looks like a guy who could dance like one would at house parties to a party anthem.

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani were first on the floor. Leakes looked fine in her yellow dress, but she needs to polish her footwork and her arm movement needs to transition better. They were doing salsa and that demands fluid movement.

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas were next performing a cha cha cha and I thought she needed to get her legs closer together and coordinate her hip movement to her arms better, but head judge Len Goodman thought her leg action had improved. Her silver dress was gorgeous.

 James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd  have a lot of pressure on them. They received the first perfect score, but for a contemporary routine. Contemporary doesn’t exactly have rules to follow. This week he has the quick step and I’m not sure if he ever straightened his legs and that was very obvious in his tight black pants. He also sickled his feet a little and didn’t straighten and point his toes. Len Goodman gave him an eight and I agree because he specifically criticized his flexed legs.

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy were hot. I loved her turquoise outfit that began with a full skirt, and revealed dancing trunks with sparkling fringe. I think she had a little stumble at the beginning, but otherwise, she was fun and flirty and that’s what the song calls for.

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy are an interesting couple. We’ve seen Maksim wax tender and protective as he was with Kristi Alley and here we see Maksim being given pep talks from his celebrity partner. Davis has the kind of grit you’d expect in an Olympic gold medalist, but in a nice person package. She and Kristi Yamaguchi are role models here. Davis can really push Maksim and the expectations are high. Her sexy lace jumpsuit wit wide palazzo pants show that you can be sexy, but classy. That is Davis and Maksim has had to up his game considerably. This is the couple that really deserves to win.

Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke decided to do a pimped out tango. I loved Cheryl’s outfit which used stripes in the middle. Carey still leans forward and doesn’t always keep his shoulders down. I think Goodman’s 7 is a better reflection of Carey’s performance.

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess needs to work on his frame a bit. He still leans forward as if he was on ice.

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough are a couple that you want to win. He’s learning and she’s learning. They are portraying a bride and the groomsman that she should marry instead of the guy she is supposed to marry. She missed a few steps that she did better in practice and after the music ended they repeated that segment to show she can do it.

Goodman caught the “incident in the middle” and deducted for it.

Bruno Tonioli called her a “real live super hero.” I agree. She is amazing. Hough is amazing.

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke :

 

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

‘Doc McStuffins’ is darling

You want to encourage your young daughters to be ambitious and prime them to be doctors or even just handy around the house? Do you want to show your sons that girls can be mechanical or future doctors? Check out the darling “Doc McStuffins.”

Doc is a cute little black girl named Dottie. She wants to become a doctor like her mother and tries to mend dolls and toys.  She has friends who help her, toys that are only animated when adults are not around.  The lessons include being courteous and being safe (“My helmet and me” teaches children to wear helmets when they are doing something daring or they might get injured.)

Another episode finds Doc apologizing when she can’t at first fix a mechanical mouse. Yet she doesn’t give up and asks her father for help.

Each episode is 11 minutes and include original songs.

Want to entertain your pre-schooler? This Disney Junior program by Brown Bag Films is cheery and educational.

 

‘Jungle Book 2′ is a pale afterthought of the original

Are your kids budding critics? If not, then you might try this 2003 American-Australian animated feature, “The Jungle Book 2.” However, if you loved the original 1967 Walt Disney  movie “The Jungle Book” then pass on this 2003 afterthought.

The story begins promisingly enough with a shadow puppet show that brings us up to date on what happened in the 1967 movie, but then we find ourselves with Mowgli still in what approximates a red diaper and in a village that seems to be devoid of animals. He’s in the man village and telling the story to the girl who mesmerized him at the watering hole. Since he followed her to the village, he’s befriended a fat dorky boy, Ranjan (Connor Funk), and grows restless under the rules of Shanti’s father (John Rhys-Davies) who doesn’t allow his children to enter the jungle.

Baloo (now voiced by John Goodman) misses Mowgli and tries to find Mowgli (Haley Joel Osment), despite Baheera’s advice. Baloo, however, isn’t the only one looking for Mowgli. The tiger Shere Khan (Tony Jay) also wants to find Mowgli and even wanders into the village which mysteriously had no dogs or cats.

You can probably guess that there will be a happy ending and no one will die.

The animation has some hidden appearances of characters from other Disney features, but that won’t make up for this lack luster story and Asian and Asian American men might be a bit put off by the attractiveness of Shanti and her mother compared to Ranjan and his father.

You do get to hear John Goodman sing “The Bare Necessities” and the song is given three renditions. There’s also a short bit of “Colonel’s Hathi’s March” but none of this helps recapture the magic of the first movie. This will entertain only kids who aren’t very critical, but wouldn’t you rather raise your kids on classics?

WonderCon 2014: DreamWorks Dragons

Were you enchanted by a boy named Hiccup and his dragon Toothless in the Academy Award-nominated 2010 animated feature movie “How to Train Your Dragon”?

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At Wondercon you can buy the first of two sets of DVDs for “DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk” ($25) and get the second set mailed to you AND get a First Edition Convention Exclusive 2013. That’s right. These were also offered at Comic-Con, but you can still get one and wonder what will be offered at San Diego Comic-Con.

“Defenders of Berk” is the second season of “DreamWorks Dragons” on the Cartoon Network.The season ended on 5 March 2014. Reviews on the DVD sets will come later.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ will be released on 13 June 2014 and is the second part of a trilogy. The plot begins five years after the first movie and we learn what happened to Hiccup’s mother.

WonderCon ends today and is at the Anaheim Convention Center. No on-site sale of badges and all days are completely sold out. WonderCon begins on 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

WonderCon 2014 report: Go to Insight Editions

One of the great deals at WonderCon is Insight Editions at booth 1109. Insight Editions “Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros” which just came out in March 2014 sold out quickly. Listed at $65 in the catalog, you can still get it for $40 by ordering it at Wondercon (contiguous U.S. only) and having it shipped to your door.

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Get your credit card ready and line up because this pop-up book is intensely complicated (you might need instructions on how to fold it back up). The paper engineering is by Matthew Reinhart and if you’re lucky enough to have his best-selling “Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy” you’ll know how creative he is. Hugo Award-nominee Michael Komarck is the illustrator.

This special deal is good until Sunday when WonderCon closes.

Godzilla fans will also want to head the advice of sales and marketing director Byron Parnell. According to Parnell, Insight Editions “Godzilla: The Art of Destruction” may come out on May 13 (the movie premieres on 16 May 2014), but the books are selling out. Preorder now. The 11 x 10 hardcover costs $45 (ISBN: 978-1-60887-344-9) but the first run of 25,000 has already sold out and the second printing of 7,500 is nearly gone. “Order wherever you buy books,” Parnell advised.

Try Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

The book is illustrated by Mark Cotta Vaz who authored the “Twilight Saga companion books as well as the award-winning “The Invisible Art : The Legends of Movie Matt Paintings” (co-authored with Oscar-winning filmmaker and Academy Governor Craig Barron).  With 156 pages and 5 inserts, this book also features interviews with the director and cast members.

Other books worth checking out at this booth include “Harry Potter: Page to Screen” and “The World According to” series with Spider-Man, Wolverine and Batman ($24.95 each). These hardcover books are like pop culture autobiographical scrapbooks for a particular Super Hero or…Super Villain. “The World According to the Joker” is also in the works.

If you can’t make it to Wondercon in Anaheim this weekend, then you can order online (but not at the discounted price). More discounts may come for San Diego Comic-con.

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ brings sinister magic to the fairy tale

Beware the uninvited guest is the moral to “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” ballet. Bourne updates this fairy tale, bring some logic while dragging it into the Twilight zone of vampires. If you missed this sumptuous romance on tour, you can see it Friday night on PBS (Check local listings).

Bourne has come up with a version vastly different from the Brothers Grimm’s “Little Briar Rose” and from Perrault’s original story. You expect a slight twisting of the story with Bourne and Bourne’s production taps into the steampunk craze. The story begins in 1890, when the Tchaikovsky ballet with choreography by Marius Petipa debuted. This is the tail end of the Victorian era.

Bourne’s version still has a Princess Aurore and Tchaikovsky’s music, but this princess just doesn’t fall for the first guy who kisses her. Bourne has given this love story a back story, inspired, according to the program notes for last year’s performance at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles, Disney. The love story between the prince and Aurora is unconvincing and Disney in the 1959 animated feature had the prince and Aurora meet and fall in love before she falls into her long slumber.

In Bourne’s version, Aurora’s parents King Benedict (Edwin Ray) and Queen Eleanor (Kerry Biggin) go to the dark side to provide the kingdom with an heir. If you’re going to mess with black magic, you have to remember to thank the evil people. At the christening Carabosse (Adam Maskell) show up uninvited and curses the infant, but the fairy Lilac softens the curse. That’s no fairy. This Lilac is a count in the manner of Count Dracula. Christopher Marney’s count is darkly handsome and heroic.

Skipping over the dull childhood and adolescence of Aurora, we pick up with a 21-year-old Princess and we’re in the Edwardian era.

In Bourne’s version, a young teen Aurora is falling in love with her childhood sweetheart, Leo, when she pricks her finger on a black rose and falls into a 100 year slumber. How will Leo be able to meet with his love after 100 years? By becoming a vampire. Why not? Vampires co-existed with fairies in European folklore.  The fairy who gives the curse is Carabosse and his son Caradoc also appears.

What you also see is the kind of dances that were popular during those times. Act II has the waltz, but the choreography also alludes to American dance crazes of the time such as the Castle Walk introduced by British-born Vernon and American-born Irene Castle. The Castles introduced the Hesitation Waltz in the 1910s (Vernon fought in World War I and died in 1918 in an airplane accident in Texas). Aurora’s dancing in Act III is inspired by Isadora Duncan (1877-1927).

The “Great Performances: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” is the next best thing to attending a live performance and the program includes a brief interview with Bourne. The camera keeps you from being distracted and also gives you more time to admire the amazing number of costumes designed by Lez Brotherston, all worthy inspirations for cosplay and steampunk tributes.

Hanna Vassallo’s Princess Aurora rises after the infant puppet has been retired and provides the youthful excitement and the blush of first romance. Her Aurora is mischievous and flirty. After 100 years though she awakens and becomes the object of a love triangle that ends well, if living in the eternal night is a happy ending.

As her love interest Leo, Dominic North provides the earnest determination and they pair well together. He’s not a prince by birth, but by merit, a commoner whose deep love leads him on a long journey to save his beloved.

“Great Performances: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” premiere on TV Friday night , 18 April 2014, on PBS at 9 p.m.  (Check local listings). After that, it should be available online.

 

 

Press release: ‘Star Trek’ medical officers meet

IDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products, and XPRIZE join forces to present Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone, available this July.  The story, inspired by the real-world $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, will bring together all six Star Trek doctors for the first time.

The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a global competition in which 30 teams are competing to develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of health conditions and vital health metrics, inspired by the Star Trek Tricorder.

“While XPRIZE is currently catalyzing a future where a Tricorder-like device is a common household item, we are thrilled to have inspired this parallel Star Trek story centered around the use of the Tricorder, further blurring the line between science fiction and reality,” said Rob Hollander, Vice President of Brand & Content for XPRIZE.

Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone, written by longtime Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton, takes place at a Starfleet medical conference, which is crashed by a deadly metamorphic virus.  The EMH and Doctors Beverly Crusher, Julian Bashir and Katherine Pulaski (with some help from Leonard McCoy and Phlox) join forces in a race against time to find a cure –  only to discover that the answers lie in another place and time! The clock is ticking and only the medical officers of Starfleet can save the day.

“There aren’t very many ‘firsts’ left in the world of Star Trek,” said Scott Tipton. “So when IDW and XPRIZE came to us with the opportunity to team up all six of Trek’s doctors for the first time, how could we say no?”

“The tricky part is how to get them together, since some of them are separated by about two hundred years,” added David Tipton. “How does it happen? You’ll just have to wait and see…”

Dancing sensation Derek Hough gets down with K-pop’s BoA in ‘Make Your Move’

“Make Your Move” is finally opening in the country that brought star Derek Hough international fame through his “Dancing with the Stars” connections. Go to see the dancing, and zone out the dialogue.

At 28, Hough is on the cusp of movie stardom and “Make Your Move” isn’t a bad launching point for the Salt Lake City-born dancing sensation. Sent to be tutored by Corky Ballas and his then-wife Shirley Ballas in London, Hough won the IDSF World Youth Latin Championship with Aneta Piotrowska.

Hough has been with DWTS since September 2007. Before that, he was the lead (Ren) in the original West End production of “Footloose: The Musical.” His sister, Julianne Hough was in the remake.  He has also played Jesus in a 2006 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and debuted in a 2005 production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

On “Dancing with the Stars” he’s a five-time winner (Season 7 with Brooke Burke, Season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger, Season 11 with Jennifer Grey, Season 16 with Kellie Pickler and Season 17 with Amber Riley) and also collected an Emmy for choreography for his DWTS work with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson for the quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” and the mambo to “Para Los Rumberos” and a modern piece to “Walking on Air” with Jaimie Goodwin. Hough had been nominated five times, including his first 2009 nom for the “Great Balls of Fire” jive routine that he performed and choreographed with Julianne.

“Make Your Move” isn’t Hough’s first movie.  Hough previously appeared as a Hogwarts schoolboy in the 2001 “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and made a cameo appearance in his sister’s 2012 movie “Rock of Ages.”

The United States isn’t the first place this South Korean produced film opened. The movie first opened in Norway last July, followed by Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Italy. Vietnam was the first Asian country in September with Hong Kong in October and Singapore in November. The movie opens in South Korea only one day ahead of its USA 18 April 2014 release.

According to IMDB, this is his co-star BoA’s first feature film. BoA has been in two TV movies, but she’s best known in our house via a parody. It helps if you know that Bao can be the Chinese word for a steamed bun.

If you’re expecting great acting or characters, then you’ll be deeply disappointed. “Make Your Move” is brought to us by the person who created the screenplay for the 2006 “Step Up,” and the characters for the sequels: Duane Adler. Adler directs as if he’s impatiently rushing us towards the next musical interlude and dance moments. The dialogue is tragic and sometimes defies logic.

Hough plays Donny, a dancer who can’t find a day job in New Orleans. He’s just finished a stint in jail for reasons that remain murky until much later. He’s Gotta Dance. If you read that sentence and heard Gene Kelly’s voice, then you’re on the right track.

So he asks his best friend (who played Ben Gonzalez in the 2009 “Reaper” TV series) to cover for him when Donny’s parole officer (Dan Lauria) calls and Donny violates the conditions of his parole by leaving the state and heading up to NYC where his “brother” Nick (Wesley Jonathan of “The Soul Man” TV series). Donny is white; Nick is black. They are foster bros, so get over it and get on with this multicultural story.

Nick and his Korean-Japanese friend Kaz (Will Yun Lee) had started up a semi-legal club, kind of rough but trendy nightspot on the site of a former factory. In a weird love polygon, Kaz and Nick part ways because a Wall Street hotshot Michael (“Silent Hill” actor Jefferson Brown) has yellow fever–for Kaz’s sister Aya (BoA). Michael is Kaz’s financial backer for a legit club with an Asian flair called Oto (but as I recall, pronounced Otto).

Kaz’s departure was so abrupt that the taiko (Japanese drums) belonging to Aya’s taiko hip hop tapping women’s group are locked away in storage backstage at Nick’s club.  Aya and her group break into Nick’s club and, in a moment of flamboyant stupidity, instead of sneaking off, they perform. Not worried about making a getaway, BoA takes to tapping on top of the bar and Donny, tapping flattened beer cans on his shoes, gets up and starts a challenge. It’s love at first dance.

Kaz and Aya are Japanese-born, but of Korean ancestry which explains some sentences in Japanese and Korean, but not why, when alone, Kaz and Aya sometimes speak in English. Kaz is legally in America. Aya’s visa will expire in a few weeks which sets up the deadline Aya and Donny will work against. The race against time makes up for lack of characterization and actual relationship development, but this isn’t a vehicle for acting. It’s a dance movie, dammit.

Aya could get a work visa if she signs an exclusive contract with Michael who one senses wants to control his little “geisha” in more ways than just professionally. If she could just get a venue for a live performance, she might have a chance of signing her taiko group Cobu with a legitimate agent. Time is running out and, to make matters worse, both Kaz and Nick are in a territory fight that sadly doesn’t involve dancing like Sharks and Jets.

Despite the tragedy of the dialogue, this movie has a happy ending. Despite the gunfire, the hallmarks of Shakespearean tragedies (bodies piling up on the stage) are absent from this Japanese Juliet meets living rough Romeo tale.

Adler is building up a legacy of dance vehicles for white guys wandering into hip hop, with the exception of the 2001 “Save the Last Dance” which starred Julia Stiles but featured Sean Patrick Thomas as her guy from the wrong side of the tracks with somewhat criminal past love interest. This isn’t totally his fault since he’s not in charge of casting and he’s only credited with the characters for the Step Up series since “Step Up 2: The Streets.”

Can we really complain when this movie “Make Your Move” brings Hough his first feature film lead? Hough looks too fresh and healthy for someone who ends up temporarily homeless and his injuries are too temporal from someone who gets beaten up (in a movie that doesn’t have the tone of a Roadrunner-Coyote cartoon).

Hough is athletic as Gene Kelly and has the beautiful lines of Fred Astaire. His beautiful spins and turns and dynamic lines outclass BoA whose hip hop is good, but not as high a level as the crews on “Step Up: 3D.”  Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo’s choreography matches Hough and BoA’s disparate talents into a lyrically romantic duet sequences.

Gregory Middleton’s atmospheric cinematography makes grunge look glamorous and fills us with the golden light of possibilities including multicultural friendships and romance.

“Make Your Move” isn’t a great movie but feature wonderful dance sequences and maybe the first step for Derek Hough into musical stardom. Please someone give Hough a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire musical and find him a Ginger Rogers.

 

 

 

‘Bears’ are heartwarming family entertainment

The last time a feature film took me off to Alaska to see bears, it was a precautionary tale about a foolhardy American making too friendly and becoming bear fodder, but “Bears” is a DisneyNature production aimed at educating children in time for Earth Day (22 April 2014). Bear fans (Bruins and UCB alum), nature lovers and outdoor photographers and their families should all catch this heartwarming feature. “Bears” opens on Friday, 18 April 2014.

The people factor has been taken out except at the end so be sure to stick around for the credits. Of course, the narration (provided by John C. Reilly, the Cellophane Man Amos Hart in the 2002 musical motion picture “Chicago”) is classic Disney, a mix of anthropomorphizing and hokey humor, but the cinematography will give you an appreciation for technological advancements–or so you’ll think until the end.

The beginning will expose you to Grizzly bears in a particularly vulnerable stage–one we don’t usually get to see. The two cubs, Amber and Scout, haven’t get gotten enough hair to be fluffy and their noses are still pink. You’ll feel as if you’ve gotten a sneak peak of the bear cubs without the benefit or deficit of smell-orama. No thanks on the thought of sniff and scratch here.

Yet directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey aren’t satisfied with close-ups of mama bear Sky and her two cubs the clingy Amber and the adventurous Scout. They give us soaringly glorious birds-eye views of the Alaskan mountains where Sky and her cubs hibernate, finally emerging to find themselves threatened by abstract icy monsters–avalanches, on their way to the coast where they will eat.

Sky’s progress is hindered by the slower cubs and she dare not leave them for too long, even amongst other bears. Male bears such as the biggest neighborhood bruiser, Magnus, and the exile but experienced salmon fish-catcher Chinook might kill either of the cubs. An adult bear wouldn’t worry about a wolf, particularly a single wolf like the creamy white Tikaani, but should he separate either of the cubs from their mother, it could be a fatal mistake.

Watching Sky’s struggle to raise her cubs when about 50 percent of bear cubs don’t make it past their first year, is engrossing and directors Forthergill and Scholey do build up the suspense of Amber and Scout’s survival. Bear cubs usually stay with their mothers for 2-3 years.

After watching all the salmon fishing, you’ll probably leave the movie theater with a craving for salmon–raw like sashimi or with a bit more civilization put in the preparation. If you stay for the end and credits, you’ll get to see in part how the cast and crew got all those gloriously up close and very personal shots.

 

 

There are no Disney kids in this season of “Dancing with the Stars,” but the producers have found a way to promote Disney products: Season 18 Week 5 is Disney Night.

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck don’t show up and neither does Captain Jack Sparrow, but there are, of course, Disney princesses and a villainess.

The show did have an opening number to “Step in Time” from “Mary Poppins.”

The first competitors were the weakest couple: Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke. You probably never think of Drew Carey as being a dashing thief. But a comedian? Of course. So why not have him as a possible Genie. Robin Williams voiced the Genie in “Aladdin.” And he gets to dance with the animated Genie and the lamp does appear. Is this silly?

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess get to be Mary Poppins and Bert in a jazz humber. They had props–she had an umbrella and he had a cane to there was a lot of business with the canes and White did miss his cane. Instead of animated characters, they had other dances as the Salvation Army. Head judge Len Goodman loved this piece, but the others loved it only slightly less. Goodman gave them a 10. The other judges, including guest judge Season 9 winner Donny Osmond gave the couple nines.  Is this song really jazz?

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy received three tens for their very Broadway-style quickstep. They had help for their production number–dancing chefs/waiters and plates.

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough didn’t need extra dancers or cartoon elements for Cinderella. They created magi. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said so. Inaba didn’t deduct for the lift and amazed by the rise-and-fall of the waltz feeling that Amy Purdy was able to show without the ability to have heel or toe leads because of her artificial feet. Osmond gave them a 10 and the other judges scored them with nines. Goodman wanted to see more in hold but that was a minor point.

Cody Simpson & Witney Carson got the party going in a samba from “The Lion King.” I didn’t feel the samba and I noticed that Simpson has a problem in common with Drew Carey–they keep their mouths open throughout the dance. Simpson was criticized by Osmond. Osmond didn’t see any joy from Simpson. Tonioli thought there needed to be more bounce and had a naughty thing that he shared with Osmond. Inaba had to hush them.

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani decided to bring out the bad in Disney. NeNe Leakes went fashionably black and white with red gloves and a red underskirt because she was Cruella De Ville. Leakes was sassy in her evilness.

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd dance contemporary to “Let It Go” and Murgatroyd was the Ice Queen and changed the story a bit. There was some Disney magic with growing ice towers and lots of lifts. I have to say that Maslow did well on the lifts which were advanced. And his scores showed it. Even Goodman thought they deserved a ten. Just how DO you judge contemporary? What would be a mistake?

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy went wild. Davis was a girl in the purple dress while Maksim was Mowgli grown up on steroids and they did a samba. They got to dance next to the animation of King Louie and Balloo. It was gimmicky but because didn’t have a shirt on that wasn’t much of a distraction.

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas portrayed the Little Mermaid and a lobster. I think the red wig might have been a bit much for Bure. Of course, nothing is too much for Ballas, even lobster claw hands.

In the end, it wasn’t the lowest scoring team from the last two weeks that was eliminated. It was Cody–the guy who moonwalked during his tango. Not enough fans with American phone numbers?

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

  • 40 (10, 10, 10, 10)
  • Contemporary
  • Let It Go” from “Frozen”
  • 1-800-868-3402

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 39 (10, 9, 10, 10)
  • Quickstep
  • Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast”
  • 1-800-868-3403

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough

  • 37 (9, 9, 10, 9)
  • Waltz
  • So This Is Love” from “Cinderella”
  • 1-800-868-3411

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani

  • 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
  • Foxtrot
  • Cruella de Vil” from “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”
  • 1-800-868-3401

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

  • 35 (8, 9, 9, 9)
  • Samba
  • Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid”
  • 1-800-868-3407

Cody Simpson & Witney Carson

Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke :

  • 28 (7, 7, 7, 7)
  • Quickstep
  • Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin”
  • 1-800-868-3409

 

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

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