Dancing With The Stars Season 31 Recap: Disney+ Night Live Blog


This is the night we’ve all been waiting for… Disney (Plus) Night on Dancing with the stars!

Disney Night first kicked off in Season 18 when the couples danced to songs from classic Disney movies (usually used as a marketing tool for upcoming releases). The Magical Theme Party then appeared every two seasons until Season 27, when it became a DWTS tradition every season.

But Season 31 takes Disney Night to another level thanks to the show’s move to Disney+, making tonight’s theme centered around the shows and movies you’ll find specifically on the streaming service.

After last week’s Bond Night dispatch Cheryl and Louis Rumba-ing out of the ballroom, only 13 couples remain. This week will also see the return of the pros. Daniella Karagash, who was absent for two weeks after a positive diagnosis of COVID, leaving her famous partner Joseph Baena dance with the new cast member and SYTYCD winner Alexis Warr.

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The show begins with a performance by the cast of Encanto’s “Colombia, Mi Encanto,” then Mickey and Minnie join Tyra and Alfonso on the dance floor!

Joseph and Daniella–Charleston–Hercules

Hercules suits Joseph, but not Charleston. He held up well, but was missing a major rebound. It’s great to see Daniella again and her unique choreography!

Len says he needed more pivot but Daniella is overloading him with turns. Derek compliments Joseph’s pecs before saying there were too many lifts but the Charleston parts were good. Bruno says Joseph took out his pectoral call, but sometimes lost time. Carrie Ann says it was a great routine to start the night off, but he has to get the moves right and get his shirt back on because it was distracting.

Carrie Ann- 7, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7 = 28/40

Sam and Cheryl – Paso Doble – The Greatest Showman

I really wanted Sam to do well but he just lacks technique. Those lap rides gave me some major Drew Lachey and Charyl vibes, who remembers that from all those seasons ago??

Derek cries knees and says he can’t help but root for him despite the lack of form and character. Bruno says it was very cheeky, dramatic and passionate. Carrie Ann says she’s proud of him for going the extra mile. Len says Sam is a showman (get it?).

Carrie Ann- 7. Len- 6, Derek- 6, Bruno- 6 = 25/40

Jordin and Brandon – Jazz – Coco

I love how the dance started with Jordin singing “Remember Me”, especially since she loves singing it to her son. She absolutely nailed this Jazz, I believe it’s the best she’s done so far. This routine was full of fun content, Brandon is becoming such a great choreographer.

Bruno wonders how he could have forgotten her and says she danced with her heart tonight. Carrie Ann says it was spectacular and she got lost in the fun. Len says he had a nice flowing movement and it was his best dance yet. Derek says she lights up the ballroom when she dances and they feel it.

Carrie Ann- 9, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 9 = 34/40

The show stops for a real couple of dancers Daniella and Pasha to perform a little routine on “That’s How You Know” by Enchanted.

Wayne and Witney–Jazz–Hamilton

Witney has always been a terrific jazz choreographer. Much like Alfonso, Wayne gets on really well with her. What a fun routine with some hints of Hip Hop and even Latin.

Carrie Ann says he had a strong foot and they hit on all the different flavors of jazz. Len says he continues to deliver week after week and it was outstanding. Derek says he felt Wayne’s emotion the way he moved his body, and it was all sensational. Bruno says he took them on a trip with the character.

Carrie Ann- 9, Len- 9, Derek- 9, Bruno- 9 = 36/40

Daniel and Britt – Quickstep – High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

I definitely saw improvements in his frame, but it was an incredibly difficult routine for someone who has never done a Quickstep. Her leg work required some major work with this one, but routine-wise it was really nice.

Len says there was too much mess and mistakes happened because of too many props. Derek says he loved the storytelling, but the footwork went wrong here and there. Bruno says the frame was better and handled the footwork well most of the time, but lost a step at one point. Carrie Ann says he made a lot of mistakes but his technique made up for it and he handled it beautifully and gave a fantastic performance.

Carie Ann- 7, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 8 = 29/40

Shangela and Gleb – Charleston – The Princess and the Frog

“Dig A Little Deeper” is a great upbeat Charleston song, and I love how these Charleston costumes mimic Tiana and Prince Naveen. These two are also joined by Jennifer Lewis, the original singer of this song, who performs it live while they dance! I think there could have been more content in there from Gleb’s side, but Shangela nailed every step he was given.

Derek says they can always count on her to keep the ballroom running, and he can see the sophistication and detail in the dancing. Bruno says that if they dug deeper, they would have found oil. Carrie Ann says she embodied the spirit of the Charleston, but reminds her to point her foot more. Len says it was full of energy and he is full of praise.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 8 = 32/40

Heidi and Artem – Viennese Waltz – Mary Poppins

I think Artem just took a page from Derek’s book while dancing with an umbrella. Personally, I prefer more on hold, but Heidi did well. It was also a very elaborate fireplace set.

Bruno calls her practically perfect and says she’s never been better. Carrie Ann says it was magical and Heidi regained her confidence. Len says he had a light and soft feel, but he would have liked more hold. Derek says it was pretty, clean, crisp, and the best setting of the night.

Carrie Ann- 9, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 9 = 34/40

Gabby and Val – Quickstep – Guardians of the Galaxy

Gabby is someone who always does much better in clothes than on her own. Great choreography from Val, but nothing about it felt very Disney other than Gabby’s costume.

Carrie Ann says she has everything she needs to win the competition. Len just compliments Val and says he does things the right way, not the easiest way. Derek says it was a tough routine and she nailed it. Bruno says she didn’t lose the steps once despite the speed.

Carrie Ann- 9, Len- 9, Derek- 9, Bruno- 9 = 36/40

Trevor and Emma – Samba – Cars

It’s certainly not Trevor’s best – arguably his worst so far – but he’s still a favorite for me. There wasn’t enough bounce in the bottom half and it was too stiff in the top half, but it was a fun routine to a nostalgic song (“Life is a Highway”).

Len says it was a crash, bang, what? ! He then says it was a tough dance and he coped well with a tough performance. Derek says the dance was good but Trevor looked like he was thinking too much about the steps. Bruno says Trevor is having a hot ride. Carrie Ann says Trevor has come a long way and he just didn’t believe in himself.

Carrie Ann- 7, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7 = 28/40

Vinny and Koko – Samba – Luca

I love how Vinny and Koko really get into the characters of Luca and Giulia. Didn’t see enough Samba content in this dance which was disappointing, but Vinny did well with what he was given.

Derek says he can’t help but smile when he watches Vinny dance and says he’s a sensational entertainer. Bruno says he could taste Italy and Vinny played 100% despite the Samba being far from perfect. Carrie Ann says he’s improved a lot from last week. Len says it was a huge improvement and a nice clean routine.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7, 29/40

Kermit and Miss Piggy introduce Selma and Sasha and honestly Kermit calling Sasha adorable is quite a mood.

Selma and Sasha – Quickstep – Muppets

It was naturally a slower Quickstep, but Selma really comes back week after week and shows everyone. Really fun routine from Sasha’s side.

Bruno says she hasn’t been wrong once and changes character every week. Carrie Ann says it was uplifting and fun. Len says it was a real Disney dance, fun, entertaining and joyful. Derek says it’s risky to dance in pants versus a dress because a dress can hide mishaps, but she wasn’t wrong at all.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 8 = 32/40

Jessie and Alan – Jive – Hocus Pocus 2

I can’t get over how exactly Jessie looks like Sarah Jessica Parker while dressed as Sarah Sanderson, it’s amazing! This Jive was full of content and an awesome routine coming from Alan. Jessie seems like another person who does better on hold, because something was definitely wrong during those kicks and flicks.

Carrie Ann says it was Jessie’s best performance and she could see the effort and intent. Len says it was an improvement from last week. Derek says he’s proud of her and she sold him. Bruno says it was naughty in the best possible way.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 7, Derek- 8, Bruno- 8 = 31/40

Charli and Mark – Jazz – The Simpsons

Leave it to Mark Ballas to nail the jazz choreography to the Simpsons theme song! This dance really proved what a great dancer Charli is. Outstanding choreography and Charli nailed every step.

Len starts off by saying, “I didn’t like that,” and I gasped out loud before he finally said, “I loved that!” Derek says this dance is going to go viral. Bruno says it was so good he didn’t want it to end. Carrie Ann says it was great in the ballroom.

Carrie Ann- 9, Len- 9, Derek- 9, Bruno- 9 = 36/40

The bottom two are… Sam and Cheryl and Trevor and Emma.

The couple who come home are… Sam and Cheryl.

The right couple definitely went home tonight because Trevor will have so much more to offer. I’ll be back next Monday AND Tuesday for DWTS’ two-night event with special star stories, the return of the Dance Marathon, and Prom Night!


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