Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten tackle their performance next, dancing the foxtrot to “It’s a Small World” by The O’Neill Brothers Group.
Len Goodman says Nagasu must have been sparkled with some Disney magic, calling it the best dance so far. Bruno Tonioli says she embodied every Disney princess, while Carrie Ann Inaba calls the dance “gorgeous.” Guest judge Rashad Jennings praises the choreography and grace. They score a 37.
Watch Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten’s Magical Foxtrot
The competition is heating up in the ballroom as the eight remaining couples hit the dance floor tonight. On Monday, the athletes will dance a quickstep, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha cha, salsa or paso doble in round one, in addition to performing a team dance in round two. Season 24 Mirrorball champion Rashad Jennings serves as a guest judge tonight. Two couples will be eliminated at the end of the episode. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 17 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess and Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who earned 24 points for their dances during last week’s premiere.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
Mirai is STUNNING! She looks and dances like a princess!!!!!!!!!! #DWTS
— Auntie Apothecary (@fancyfeet07) May 8, 2018
Look at Mirai’s arms. THAT’S grace. Not wtfever they were praising as “grace” earlier. #DWTS
— Math Goddess (@shayz0rz) May 8, 2018
Yasss Mirai, that was so magical #DWTS
— ShannonGoodPress (@ShannonGoodpres) May 8, 2018
Mirai Nagasu: The real queen is sitting over there [points at Meryl Davis] #DWTS
— Jackie Wong (@rockerskating) May 8, 2018
Mirai was STUNNING #DWTS
— gee (@allrealitychat) May 8, 2018
— Scott Bennett (@FilmScoreScott) May 8, 2018
— DWTS Interact (@DWTSInteract) May 8, 2018
Nagasu is an Olympic figure skater. According to ABC, Nagasu “was one of the youngest competitors to win a national title in 2008 and remarkably has remained one of the top competitors in the world today. Mirai earned a spot to represent the U.S. in the 2018 Olympics at the age of 24, where she made history by becoming the first American woman to land a triple Axel in an Olympic Winter Games. She performed the difficult three-and-a-half revolution jump, helping Team USA win a bronze medal in the Olympic team event.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The current contestants include Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale. The remaining athletes competing this season include Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch, Josh Norman and Tonya Harding.
The all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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