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'DWTS': JoJo Siwa is 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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The contestants were required to be animated characters on Monday’s Disney Night. 

Iman Shumpert, basketball star It’s okay to let it go and wowed in a “Frozen” dance! Matt James looked Icy 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.

However, as in all Disney movies there were conflicts. In Monday’s case, it was the reminder of Tom Bergeron. A past interview of the still-popular “DWTS” host discussing his July 2020 firing went viral before showtime.

This is what happened on the Disney Dance Floor and Beyond:

Last week’s ‘DWTS’“Stranger times” on the dancing contest as Cody Rigsby, Cheryl Burke and Cody Rigsby compete solo at home thanks to COVID-19

JoJo Siwa and a partner of the same sex will be competing on “Dancing With the Stars”. “We’re going make history!”

Before he was fired, Tom Bergeron was at loggerheads with producers of show.

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 removed everything from my dressing room that I truly wanted. We were clearly at odds.

The original “DWTS” host alluded to his 2019 public criticism over the show’s casting of ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer as being key to his exit. 

Bergeron stated that he didn’t believe a politician was a suitable booking 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. Bergeron said, “I am able to compartmentalize.” “Erin, and I had more laughs being fired than almost anyone,” Bergeron said.

BackgroundTyra Banks replaces Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews as the new host for ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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”. 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 “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

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 “you are two a true dream.”

Carrie Ann Inaba appreciated 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 And His ‘Frozen-loving’ children

Shumpert was impressive enough Monday dancing elegantly — yes elegantly — with his sweeping foxtrot to “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” But Shumpert’s real-life tale of “hand-delivering” his two children with wife Teyana Taylor had the studio 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. Shumpert was compelled to deliver their baby girl, Iman Tayla, 5, in their bathroom. Playing the 911 emergency call on the broadcast only tugged more at the heartstrings, with a relieved Shumpert heard saying, “It’s a little 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.

He has two beautiful daughters, Iman and Iman. 

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, despite being a horrible basketball referee gave Shumpert an average 6 score despite all the praise. All the other judges agreed with Shumpert’s higher 8 scores.

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 

Yes, Monday night was the dance contest. 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.” Witney Carson, his partner in crime, couldn’t move too close to the blue-colored body paint. The WWE superstar’s amazing footwork is improving as weeks go by. It’s amazing! 

Olivia Jade, playing Nala the Lion King in “The Lion King”, was hot with her performance of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and her samba. Her growing rapport with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy was noted by the judges, who dressed her as Simba. 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 replica 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. James ended the dance by throwing instant-ice at Frozone with confetti. (They almost froze all the contestants there. 

And they all lived happily ever after… For now.

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

Source: USAToday.com

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