Wednesday October 18, 2023 7:38 a.m.
LOS ANGELES– The remaining 11 couples from “Dancing With the Stars” set their sights on the stars and hoped for a little Disney magic in their quest to win the Len Goodman Mirror Ball trophy.
This week, the show paid tribute to 100 years of Disney and featured songs from classic films throughout the decades.
The celebration began with an opening number from the pros to the hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the animated film “Encanto.” Of course, that meant longtime judge Bruno Tonioli had a major presence!
This week we saw a nine-point difference between the highest-scoring couple and the bottom of the judge’s scoreboard. Top honors went to Xochitl Gomez who earned 27 out of 30 from Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli. They performed a paso doble to “Un Poco Loco” from “Coco”, and Hough called Gomez an artist who used the dance floor as his canvas.
Ariana Madix took second place, earning 25 points from the judges for her contemporary routine to “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen 2.” Rounding out the top five according to the judge: Charity Lawson, Jason Mraz and Lele Pons.
Of course, ultimately the “who stays and who goes” decision is made through a combination of judges’ scores and audience votes. Three couples were deemed in danger at the end of the show: Adrian Peterson, Barry Williams and Pons.
Peterson’s Viennese waltz to the “Dumbo” lullaby “Baby Mine” failed to earn enough audience votes to keep him in the game this week, and the football star’s time in the ballroom has ended.
“This journey has been incredible and you have been one heck of a coach,” Peterson told his dance partner Britt Stewart when they were eliminated. “We had our ups and downs, but you really pushed me and brought out the best in me.”
Next week, several professional dancers from the show’s past will return for a special “Dancing With the Stars” evening dedicated to the late head judge Len Goodman.
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