From "Beauty and the Beast," "Be Our Guest"
As Tom is introducing the rehearsal footage, he says, "If you'd like to see how they trained -- you know I'm going for the pun -- be our guest." Tom, I know you're going for the pun. It's a big part of my never-ending love for you.
Oooh, yeah, Lumiere is there in animated form to introduce the dance. I miss Jerry Orbach still. They get lots of backup dancers for this routine too, and I'm still unsure about it. Danica's footwork is fast, but I'm not sure about its precision.
Bruno loves her finish, hold and frame and talks about her improvement. Carrie Ann calls her over for a hug she's so happy. She says it was like her own version of "Beauty and the Beast" coming to life just for her. She's giddy like a little girl.
Len throws a damper on the lovefest by mentioning their loss of body contact. Donny takes the opportunity to point out that he played Gaston on Broadway. Blurgh.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9; Robin: 10; Bruno: 10
I understand why they've put Erin in more princess-y hair and dress this week, but I'll be happy when she gets back to the sleeker stuff. Erin asks Val if he got tips on being beastly from his brother. Heh.
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough, Waltz
From "Cinderella," "So This Is Love"
Really, Derek? You're Prince Charming, suit and all, and you couldn't shave off that scruff around your mouth? Booo.
Amy's rehearsing in the tiptoe feet again -- I wonder if she'll dance in those for most of the rest of the season. They're figuring out how to work with these feet. Amy rightfully points out that she's trying to balance on a 2-inch-by-1-inch surface. She starts crying because there's a maneuver she just can't get. She laments that she had legs for 20 years so she knows how it's supposed to work, but she just can't get the prosthetic legs to do that for her.
This is a very elegant routine, which suits the music perfectly. There are several inventive and graceful turns and spins. There's one move that I'm curious if Carrie Ann will call a lift.
As the crowd is cheering, three of the Cinderella mice are shown cheering in front of the judges' desk. You can tell exactly when Len sees this on the monitor because his face lights up with delight. Aw. Len, you old softy.
Carrie Ann says that even though she saw several lifts, she's not going to count off for them because they were in there to make up for other content that Amy couldn't do. Is that allowed? Len says he would've liked a little more in hold, but that aside, it was beautiful.
One of the things about the guest judges is that they each have to talk about Amy's situation and how inspiring she is. The regular judges have mostly moved on from that sentiment to talk about it in a more technical fashion.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Donny: 10; Bruno: 9
Erin asks Amy what it's like to get those scores after the emotional week she had and Amy is too overcome to respond. Erin handles the situation so well, by patting her on the shoulder and calling her a princess. I don't want to think about how Brookebot would've handled that.
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson, Samba (or as Tom calls it "Simba Samba")
From "The Lion King," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"
Cody serenades Witney with a little ditty and she's charmed.