Dancing with the Stars viewers believe Catfish star Nev Schulman could win Season 29 of the reality competition series after his Disney Night Argentine Tango to the song “Angelica” from the film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
For his efforts, he danced alongside professional partner Jenna Johnson and scored 8s across the board, giving the couple a total of 24 points out of 30 from show judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough. This came on the heels of the duo’s prior two weeks of performances where they scored a 20/30 for their Foxtrot to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and 21/30 for a Cha-Cha to the BTS song “Dynamite.”
The song choice, which came under fire by fans — as reported by The Inquisitr — due to the fact that it had been chosen four seasons earlier, appeared to be a good fit for the television host. His command of the difficult dance earned him praise from the judges as well as DWTS viewers. They took to the comments section of an Instagram post shared by the series, which showed the couple in action.
“Ummm I feel like I was catfished…cause Nev is the contestant you just didn’t see coming! Well done!!” remarked one follower.
“Killed it! I really think Nev has the potential to win this thing,” wrote a second viewer, followed by a fire emoji.
“This was everything I didn’t know I needed and more. Far and away the best dance of the night,” stated a third Instagram user.
“Every person that did this theme went to the semi-finals or higher! Riker (Lynch) Frankie (Muniz) James (Van Der Beek) and now Nev,” claimed a fourth fan.
Other fans chimed in with statements of high praise for the theatrical performance, calling it one of the best since Riker Lynch and former pro Allison Holker danced the Paso Doble to the tune in Season 20.
Bruno stated that the performance retained not only the camp of the film but was also a proper Argentine Tango throughout.
DWTS posted a slideshow of photographs that captured the couple in action on the ballroom floor, featuring some of the most memorable moments of the overall dance.
Nev was nearly unrecognizable in a complete Jack Sparrow outfit that included long dreadlocks, a red bandanna, facial hair, and a copy of the outfit Johnny Depp sported for the film series. Jenna looked like a pirate wench in a cream-colored off-the-shoulder blouse with eyelet trim, red waist cincher, a short skirt, and lace tights.
Nev and Jenna advanced to Week 4 of the competition after being saved by a combination of their high scores and live viewer votes.