(Spoiler alert: Please do not read if you’ve not watched Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars”)
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” celebrated parent company Disney on Monday by showcasing song’s from the studio’s animated classics.
A vibrant and colorful opening kicked off the show as beloved characters from Walt Disney films and former contestants swirled across the dance floor.
The current Season 20 hopefuls then danced with live action and animated Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Pluto.
While the films bring back fond childhood memories for millions of people, the theme proved challenging for many contestants.
“I find learning this dance very, very difficult .. it’s very frustrating,” Suzanne Somers said as she rehearsed “He’s a Tramp” from “Lady and the Tramp.” The practice seemed to have paid off as she was told it was her best dance to date — and Somers was even described as a “vamp” and “raunchy.”
Ultimately, however, it was Somers and Tony Dovolani who were sent home.
Luckier contestants included Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy, who recreated “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from “The Little Mermaid” and stayed strong at the top of the leaderboard. Meanwhile Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway flew in during a magnificent aerial stunt as he danced to “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.”
Despite battling a knee injury, Patti LaBelle was called a “fairy godmother” after her elegant dance to “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio.
“Bachelor” star Chris Soules managed to hurt himself during rehearsals Monday morning and wasn’t feeling the “happiness” of Disneyland when he transformed into Hercules and even made partner Witney Carson cry during a tense moment while practicing.
One of the most visually spectacular performances of the night came from Willow Shields as “Alice in Wonderland,” with Mark Ballas wearing a scary White Rabbit mask. Despite the dramatic imagery, the judges didn’t all love the performance. “You definitely took me down the rabbit hole,” Julianne Hough said, wondering if she was still at Coachella.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays on ABC at 8 p.m.
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