Praise Ariel! It's Disney night DWTS This week – both Junior and Geriatric versions. That means that the fun songs we know and love, many great productions and some characters work. It can also mean a lot of pressure for our little ones, who have to assume a routine that comes with high standards just because the music is from a beloved movie. The tots mostly handle it well!
Sophia Pippen and Jake Monreal
Mentor: Sasha Farber
Samba, "poor unfortunate souls" of The little Mermaid
Wow, what a hard song for samba. The good thing about this is that last week Sophia was asked to show off her personality, and that's easy to do when you're given a character as big and bold as Ursula (I know it's very bad, but it's not that fabulous .?). Sophia also receives a little help from her godmother and DWTS alum Kim Kardashian Kim believes that she felt hurt in the program for not being as open as she could, so she feels Sophia's pain. The samba routine is fine. Once again, the music is a bit uncomfortable, but Sasha does a lot of smart things with the choreography. Mandy calls Sophia's legs and Val calls her arms, and that's like most of a person's body, so maybe she has more than a personality to work with.
Judges score: 19/30
Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen
Teacher: Gleb Savchenko
Contemporary, "Colors of the Wind" by Pocahontas
Let's not waste time here, Mackenzie definitely has experience in contemporary dance. I know it's a girl, but an advantage is an advantage and it's really evident in this routine. The biggest obstacle here are the elevators. Elevators are difficult no matter how old or how strong you are, so they are especially difficult for these teens. Gleb's choreography is beautiful, although I could use a little more emotion in my strings of real performance. Adam apparently felt it, has chills. Val thinks that what Mackenzie is doing is extraordinary. And Mandy, the queen of the contemporary, was very pleased with the light and smooth routine.
Score of the judges: 27/30
Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine
Mentor: Brandon Armstrong
Samba, "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" Lilo and stitch
WHAT. Brandon gives Ariana a PROP in a SAMBA and this girl does not lose the rhythm. Prop work is hard! As Mandy points out, Brandon's choreography in this pretty, hula-based routine is about. Capture both the spirit of the samba and the spirit of the film. Val praises Ariana for lowering the "samba bounce" (she needs a lot of strength and she has such a small core!). Adam is in love with his consistently well-done performances. With the technical skills of Ariana improving every week and the adorable chemistry of her and Artyon (surely Brandon is running out of steam), is this the couple that you have to be attentive to?
Score of the judges: 25/30
Mandla Morris and Brightyn Brems
Mentor: Cheryl Burke
Jazz, "Un Poco Loco" from Coconut palm
This week, Mandla has the task of showing a bit of machismo. He is portraying an arrogant mariachi player and needs to sell the character. It passes well the technical steps of jazz (this has many steps, to be honest) well, but does not always reach the goal when it comes to interpretation. Mandy is happy to see that Mandla really worked on her legs and footwork this week; You can see an improvement. Val, however, is disappointed. It is not your best routine of the competition, but hey, at least the child looks good with his pink jacket.
Score of the judges: 21/30