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'DWTS': JoJo Siwa as Prince Charming on Disney Night, Tom Bergeron gets candid about host firing

by Lester Blair
'DWTS': JoJo Siwa as Prince Charming on Disney Night, Tom Bergeron gets candid about host firing
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On Monday’s Dancing With the Stars, Disney Night saw contestants channel their animated heros. 

Iman Shumpert is a basketball superstar Let it go and wowed in a “Frozen” dance! Matt James looked Ice on the dance floor as Frozone! The Miz was wonderful, magnificent, glorious entirely blue as Aladdin’s Genie! Jojo Siwa ditched the glass slippers and waltzed as Prince Charming!

The Disney celebration was heightened as  judge Derek Hough made his comeback after missing last week’s show due to COVID-19 protocol, while dancers Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke returned from quarantine and hit the ballroom once again.

There was always conflict, just like in every Disney film. In Monday’s case, it was the reminder of ever-popular “DWTS” host Tom Bergeron, as a past interview of him discussing his firing in 2020 resurfaced just before showtime.

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Tom Bergeron was known for ‘butting heads with’ show producers prior to his firing

During a podcast appearance on Sept. 13, Bergeron said he saw his dismissal after 28 seasons coming long before he and co-host Erin Andrews were replaced by executive producer/solo host Tyra Banks. 

“The end of the (2019) season that turned out to be my last season, I kind of knew,” Bergeron said during an episode of the “Bob Saget’s Here for You” podcast. So I got everything I wanted out of my dressing area. “It was pretty obvious that we were a bit of a butting head.”

The original “DWTS” host alluded to his 2019 public criticism of ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer being cast on the reality dance competition as being key to his exit. 

Bergeron explained that she didn’t consider a political figure a good choice for the show. “I didn’t believe that it sat well for producers or network.”

However, he and his former co-host, Andrews, who joined in 2014, kept the smiles going for the TV audience. He said, “I am able to compartmentalize.” “Erin was more entertaining than anyone being fired.

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JoJo Siwa and pro partner Jenna Johnson danced a Viennese waltz to "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes."

Jojo Siwa channels inner Prince Charming to dance the waltz 

YouTube sensation, 18, chose to dance with Jenna Johnson (pro dancer) as her same-sex partner on “DWTS” History. After weeks of dancing in matching outfits, the duo took a “Cinderella” spin Monday night – Siwa danced as Prince Charming, while Johnson wore a sparkly blue Cinderella gown for the Viennese waltz to “Someday My Prince Will Come.”

Siwa exclaimed, “I was more thrilled to be a princess!” The dance was TV magic, with graceful spins in front of a pink castle. Siwa cradled Johnson after a final, deep bow.

Bruno Tonioli, the Judge of Viennese Waltz in 21st-century Viennese declared it and exclaimed that it was “a Viennese dance for today” and “you guys are a real dream.”

Carrie Ann Inaba was very proud of the power dynamics. “You proved to the world that girls can accomplish anything men can do. Perhaps even better.”

The judges’ 9 scores came out for the first time this season as the duo waltzed to the top of the leaderboard. 

Daniella Karagach and Iman Shumpert after dancing to "Frozen."

Iman Shumpert delivers a fantastic foxtrot  His ‘Frozen-loving’ children

Shumpert was impressive enough dancing elegantly — yes elegantly — for his sweeping foxtrot to “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” But his real-life tale of “hand-delivering” his two children with wife Teyana Taylor had the audience even more enthralled. 

“I became Dr. Shump,” the 6-foot-5 baller said, harkening back to 2015 when the pregnant Taylor went into early labor. In their bathroom, he was forced to give birth to their 5-year-old baby girl, Iman Tayla. Shumpert felt more pained by the replay of the 911 emergency broadcast, when he heard a relief voice saying “It’s just a baby girl.” 

“Dr. Shump did it again” in 2020, when Shumpert played his part in delivering their second daughter, Rue Rose, 1, via at-home water birth.

His two daughters are “Frozen” fans, with Iman cheering on her father. 

After Shumpert wowed with earnest grace on the dance floor alongside partner Daniella Karagach, judge (and frequent critic) Len Goodman summed it up, saying, “It’s obvious you’re great at delivering. And you delivered a really great foxtrot.”

Goodman gave Shumpert, like a bad basketball referee despite the praise. Other judges scored higher scores with 8 points.

The Miz as The Genie from "Aladdin" and Matt James as Frozone from "The Incredibles."

The Miz rock it, Matt James is The Genie IncredibleFrozone 

There was definitely a Monday night dance competition. But the real question was: Who won the “DWTS” Disney Night costume competition?

Mike “The Miz” Mizanin was a shirtless vision as he transformed into The Genie from “Aladdin” for his spirited samba to “Friend Like Me.” His all-over blue make-up meant that Witney Carson couldn’t dance close enough to him in order not to ruin her Jasmine outfit. The WWE superstar’s amazing footwork continues to improve as weeks pass.

Olivia Jade, who played Nala in “The Lion King”, was hot for her performance of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” Her Simba-dressed partner Val Chmerkovskiy was noted by the judges as she showed signs of chemistry. Banks, the host, stated that they have “a beautiful bond.”

You can’t deny that “Bachelor Matt James” is meticulous when it comes to costume design. James was an exact clone of Frozone, even wearing the superhero leotard. Pro partner Lindsay Arnold joined him on the dancefloor in her best Edna Mode garb, and James never stumbled during the difficult routine even as he kept on the unwieldy Frozone glasses during their quickstep. The dance ended with James dramatically hurling confetti like Frozone does with his ice weapon. (The competition was almost froze there. 

And they all lived happily ever after… Now.

The villainy will continue on “Dancing With the Stars” Oct. 12 for a special Disney Villains Night episode (ABC, 8 EDT/PDT). Tomorrow will see the final eliminations.  

Source: USAToday.com

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