Ally Brooke soared to the top of the leaderboard again on Monday night’s episode of Dancing With The Stars while earning the first nines of season 28.
For the show’s traditional Disney Night, the 26-year-old singer and her partner Sasha Farber, 35, performed a contemporary routine to Beauty And The Beast.
Their flawless performance to her ‘favorite film’ saw Ally flying effortlessly around the stage as she played the role of the heroine, rose petals falling over her head.
First nines: Ally Brooke earned the first nines of season 28 on Monday night’s episode of Dancing With The Stars while soaring to the top of the leaderboard
‘You gave us one-and-a-half minutes of absolute happiness,’ raved judge Bruno Tonioli, 63, who called Ally ‘an honest performer’ who threw herself into her dancing.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 51, was equally enthusiastic, telling Ally: ‘You’re dancing from your heart, through your body, to us, and it feels fantastic.’
For the former Fifth Harmony singer, who’d long been bullied about her dancing, it was a personal triumph, and she cried backstage as she got their scores.
She was far from the only dancer to earn nines that evening, as Hannah Brown, 25, Kel Mitchell, 41, and James Van Der Beek, 42, also received two apiece.
Contemporary dance: The 26-year-old singer and her partner Sasha Farber, 35, performed a contemporary routine to Beauty And The Beast
Elegant routine: Their flawless performance to her ‘favorite film’ saw Ally flying effortlessly around the stage as she played the role of the heroine, rose petals falling over her head
Len Goodman, 75, who declared early in the evening that he was ‘trying to be kind,’ was the only dissenter in each of those cases, giving out slightly lower scores.
Throughout the evening, each of the contestants spent time at Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, and spoke about why the theme park mattered to them.
Among the most moving was Queer Eye’s resident culture expert, Karamo Brown, 38, who’d been assigned to dance a samba to I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King.
Disneyland trip: Ally and Sasha visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California as they prepared for Disney Night
Favorite movie: Beast and Belle who star in Ally’s favorite movie Beauty And The Beast met up with her and Sasha at Disneyland
He told partner Jenna Johnson, 25, that the 1994 movie from which the song came had special significance for him as a single father of two boys.
‘You start watching The Lion King and you think about what your kids could be going through,’ he said. ‘You just want them to feel good and know that they could be king someday.’
Karamo first learned he was a father in 2007, after child support papers landed at his door and he discovered he had a son by his ‘last and only girlfriend.’
Special significance: Karamo Brown while visiting Disneyland with pro dance partner Jenna Johnson discussed the special significance of The Lion King as a single father to two boys
Although he’d unknowingly impregnated her at 15, he took full responsibility for being a parent, gaining custody of his son Jason and adopting his half-brother, Chris.
‘Overnight, I became a father of two,’ Karamo recalled, noting that the boys called him ‘Dad’ and referred to his fiancé, Ian, as ‘Pops.’
‘I didn’t have the best relationship with my father, and so I always wanted to be a great father for my sons,’ he added, putting Lion King hats on his ‘little Simbas.’
Close bond: The Queer Eye star gained custody of his son Jason and adopted his half-brother, Chris
His oldest child, Jason, teased Karamo about the corny move, but called him ‘supportive’ and ‘loving,’ noting that ‘he’s one of the best people to have in your corner.’
As JD McCrary, the voice of young Simba in the 2019 Lion King, watched from the audience, Karamo performed an upbeat samba to great applause.
‘It was fun and it was joyful,’ Len opined. ‘Unfortunately, your feet are your problem… however, because it’s Disney night I’m trying to be kind to everyone, so well done!’
Fun dance: The judges praised Karamo for his fun routine
Karamo started crying when he saw his sons in the audience, explaining: ‘Seeing my babies, who I love so much, it’s like, got me going, and I just love my kids.’
‘Literally, tears are streaming down my eyes the entire dance, and I’m like, ‘Smile through these tears, smile through the tears,’ he told co-host Erin Andrews, 41.
Despite the heart he showed, he still ended up in the bottom two, just above former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who also had an emotional night.
Tears flowing: Karamo fought back tears while being interviewed by co-host Erin Andrews and said tears were streaming down his face while he was dancing
Sean, 48, danced a joyous quickstep to Toy Story’s You’ve Got A Friend In Me, and dedicated it to his father Michael, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2016.
Like Woody, the film’s lovable lead, his dad always put friends and family first, Sean remembered, adding: ‘This is going to be so much more than a dance for me.’
Before his father passed, Sean’s whole family went to Disneyland to ‘create a memory’ of their time together, which he and partner Lindsay Arnold, 25, then relived.
Fond memories: Sean Spicer went to Disneyland with his late father Michael before he died and relived the memories with pro partner Lindsay Arnold
Family trip: The former White House press secretary was shown with his late father Michael
Quickstep dance: Lindsay and Sean performed a joyous quickstep to Toy Story’s You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Carrie Ann called it his ‘best dance,’ saying Sean was meant to do the quickstep.
‘You’ve got a friend in me,’ Len agreed, a little impressed. ‘Well done.’
Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 21, set the bar high early on by dancing a Viennese waltz to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, from the 1950 movie Cinderella.
High praise: Len Goodman told Sean that his routine was ‘well done’
At Disney with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, 33, Sailor got to ride in Cinderella’s glass carriage.
It was a thrill for the ‘huge Disney fan’ who played princess dress-up as a kid.
‘My life has seriously felt like a Disney movie,’ she said, thinking of her own recent journey from supportive daughter of Christie Brinkley, 63, to star of DWTS.
Viennese waltz: Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 21, set the bar high early on by dancing a Viennese waltz to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, from the 1950 movie Cinderella
Disney trip: The daughter of Christie Brinkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy met up with Cinderella during a trip to Disneyland
Graceful waltz: Sailor and Val earned rave reviews for their Viennese waltz
Len called her fairytale waltz ‘light and fluffy,’ like a ‘soufflé,’ and he urged her to go straight back to the studio, since ‘there’s no way… you’re not back next week.’
Carrie Ann said it was like ‘watching a beautiful flower blossom into its fullest self.’
Afterward, Sailor said the movie was about Cinderella ‘owning her strength, and I feel like the competition has done it for me,’ which made her mother cry on camera.
Gaining strength: Afterward, Sailor said the movie was about Cinderella ‘owning her strength, and I feel like the competition has done it for me,’ which made her mother cry on camera
Getting emotional: Christie wiped away tears listening to her daughter Sailor talk about owning her own strength
Actress Kate Flannery, 55, next danced an upbeat jazz routine to Spoonful Of Sugar from the 1964 movie Mary Poppins.
Kate, who minored in dance at college, said she loved the film, and was excited to explore jazz, which she called ‘character-driven and syncopated and weird.’
As Mary, she put in a quirky, fun performance with partner Pasha Pashkov, 34, as Bert.
Jazz routine: Kate Flannery, 55, danced an upbeat jazz routine to Spoonful Of Sugar from the 1964 movie Mary Poppins
Popular movie: The Office actress took on Mary with a quirky, fun performance with partner Pasha Pashkov, 34, as Bert
Carrie Ann loved it, calling them ‘a powerful couple.’
Len proclaimed the dance ‘sweet and delicious,’ adding: ‘You are back in the game!’
Host Tom Bergeron suddenly noticed there was ‘a vibrating broom’ in front of the judges’ table and pulled it out as Carrie Ann leaned over to watch. Her chair rolled away and she fell backward while trying to sit down again.
Vibrating broom: Show host pointed to a vibrating broom in front of the judges’ panel and Carrie Ann leaned over to look
Chair gone: The judge’s chair rolled away when she leaned over and she tumbled to the ground when she leaned back to take her seat
Kate and Pasha helped her back up, which she joked would earn them ‘bonus points.’
Country artist Lauren Alaina, 24, then performed a peppy samba to Under The Sea from her favorite film, 1989’s The Little Mermaid.
‘Ariel is my favorite princess by far because she wanted to leave home and create this new life for herself,’ Lauren pointed out. ‘Also the movie is all about her voice.’
Country singer: Country artist Lauren Alaina, 24, performed a peppy samba to Under The Sea from her favorite film, 1989’s The Little Mermaid
The singer said she used to watch the flick ‘over and over again,’ and even won her first talent show with a rendition of its hit song, Part Of Your World.
‘Ariel became a human and I became a country singer, so we both beat the odds,’ Lauren noted before going onstage with partner Gleb Savchenko, 36.
Bruno called their routine, ‘fabulous underwater and pretty hot on dry land as well.’
Favorite movie: The singer said she used to watch the movie ‘over and over again,’ and even won her first talent show with a rendition of its hit song, Part Of Your World
Fabulous dance: Bruno Tonioli called their routine, ‘fabulous underwater and pretty hot on dry land as well’
Kel and Witney Carson, 25, also earned kudos for their propulsive jazz routine to We’re All In This Together, from 2006’s High School Musical.
The comedian identified with the film, having grown up as a theater kid on the south side of Chicago.
He gave a shout-out to ‘all the theater kids’ before he performed.
Up front: Kel Mitchell was up front and in the center during propulsive jazz routine with Witney Carson to We’re All In This Together, from 2006’s High School Musical
Theater kid: The comedian identified with the film, having grown up as a theater kid on the south side of Chicago
The judges adored his ‘high-octane’ dancing and agreed the song was a good fit.
‘You graduated, top of the class!’ Bruno exclaimed. ‘Tonight, you were a revelation.’
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten, both 25, set heads spinning with their foxtrot to A Whole New World from 1992’s Aladdin.
Improved performance: Witney noted that Kel dedicated himself to the performance and was improving
‘A whole new world really relates right now, because I am living a whole new world,’ the reality star told Alan. ‘My life has completely changed in a year.’
‘I went straight from being a small-town girl from Alabama to being on national television,’ she marveled. ‘I get recognized everywhere I go now.’
Hannah’s romantic, lovely dance with Alan wowed all of the judges, with Bruno calling it ‘radiant and enchanting, like a magic carpet ride that you want to go on forever.’
Romantic dance: Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten, both 25, set heads spinning with their foxtrot to A Whole New World from 1992’s Aladdin
New world: The reality star connected to the song and said she was living a ‘whole new world’ after moving from Alabama to Los Angeles
Strong chemistry: The Bachelorette star and Alan continued to display strong chemistry
Capping off the night was James Van Der Beek’s paso doble, performed to a bracing, aggressive instrumental from 2003’s Pirates Of The Caribbean.
James, 42, took his wife Kimberly, five kids, and dance partner Emma Slater, 30, to Disneyland, where all of them enjoyed the ride inspired by the film.
James said he loved Pirates’ ‘character, drama [and] epic scale,’ and called the paso doble his ‘jam,’ noting that ‘you can’t do this dance halfway.’
Pirate costume: James Van Der Beek performed a paso doble to a bracing, aggressive instrumental from 2003’s Pirates Of The Caribbean
‘Everything about it is super-challenging,’ he admitted. ‘I’m going full pirate.’
James portrayed a swarthy, sexy swashbuckler, dancing confidently across stage, leaping into the air, and literally throwing himself on the ground at the end of his set.
‘That was insane,’ Carrie Ann said. ‘The drama, the dynamics, the energy exchanged between you two is off the charts. It was like glue, like taffy. …This was your dance.’
Intense dance: Emma Slater and James delivered an intense paso doble
Dramatic moments: The routine included some dramatic moments between the pair
To get riled up for their routine, Emma had asked someone in the audience to slap her before she went on, a pre-show ritual that ‘works every time,’ she confided.
‘This season is turning into one of the most exciting, unpredictable seasons ever,’ Bruno mused.
Since it was Disney night, no one went home.
Dancing With The Stars will return next week on ABC.
Crazy review: Carrie Ann told John and Emma, ‘That was insane. The drama, the dynamics, the energy exchanged between you two is off the charts. It was like glue, like taffy. …This was your dance’