Dancing With the Stars is taking on Disney in a major way. The ABC celebrity ballroom competition is back with one of its most popular theme nights, and this one sounds even more magical than ever. The Dancing With the Stars Disney night will feature each couple dancing to a popular song from a famous Disney movie, some of which have never been represented in the DWTS ballroom.
TV Guide reported that there will be live performances from Moana star Auli’i Cravalho and former Dancing With the Stars champions Donny Osmond and Alfonso Ribeiro. In addition, familiar Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck will all make cameos in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom, with the Donald even joining DWTS pro dancer Witney Carson for a special dance.
Longtime Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron told TV Guide he’s especially excited to see the Moana star perform on the Disney-themed night and he revealed that former mirrorball champ Ribeiro will perform in a supersized number with the rest of the DWTS cast at the top of the show.
“Inevitably one of the things I love about, I get to interact with animation as well as Bruno [Tonioli],” the Dancing With the Stars host said. “I once told Bruno on air he’s about half a jester away from living in Pixar.”
A Dancing With the Stars press release revealed the songs and dances for the Disney Theme week. The movie soundtrack songs featured on this week’s Dancing With the Stars include tunes from Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted, Mulan, Frozen, Cars 3 and Pinocchio.
Ahead of the live show, several of the Dancing With the Stars Season 24 couples have offered sneak peeks of their Disney dances. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy joked that his Mulan-inspired Paso doble with Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei “is a very macho dance.”
“I’m trying to get into the mood,” the Dancing With the Stars pro said. “Otherwise, it’s very conservative in here.”
In a Facebook Live video posted by Pure DWTS, pro dancer Sharna Burgess revealed that she was inspired by Mark Ballas’ Season 19 Super Mario Bros. themed dance with Sadie Robertson for her Wreck-It Ralph tango with Bonner Bolton.
Of course, one of the biggest questions surrounding this season’s Dancing With the Stars is the status of injured pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The longtime Dancing With the Stars pro has been out with a calf injury for the past three weeks, but he has promised a return to the ballroom.
Bergeron told TV Guide that Chmerkovskiy is “hopeful to get back for Disney Night, despite that fact that fill-in troupe member, Alan Bersten, has been rehearsing with Maks’ celebrity partner, Heather Morris.
“By the same token, the nature of [Maks’] injury is something you don’t want to rush because if you re-injure it you could be looking at some serious issues,” the Dancing With the Stars host explained. “I’m just hoping he takes whatever time he needs to make sure that he’s capable of doing it again and not rush in at an arbitrary week.
In addition to the Disney night, Dancing With the Stars fans can look forward to a Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups theme and then Night at the Movies later this season.
Take a look at the video below to relive the magic from last year’s Disney Night opener on Dancing With the Stars.
Dancing with the Stars airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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