Monday, October 10, was Disney night, which is fitting since “Dancing With the Stars” moved to Disney+ this season. Bachelorette, Gabby Windey, who was still struggling a bit with imposter syndrome as she discussed last week, shared how “unbelievable” it felt to get her first “9”.
During rehearsals she explained: “I hope I feel more comfortable with myself so that I can always show that I can be my best. The judges clearly think I deserve to be there, but now I have to prove it to myself.”
Windey’s pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, stated, “we haven’t even begun to surface Gabby’s true potential.”
Windey stated that her favorite Disney movie is “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which was a fitting theme for the evening’s otherworldly atmosphere. As she and Chmerkovskiy climb the two steps of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” Windey confessed, “I’m exhausted. But we’re trying to blast into space here. So I hope we succeed.”
Windey was dressed as Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Chmerkovskiy took on the persona of Star-Lord. Windey even wore her character’s signature green makeup, along with the obligatory black leather attire. Her co-bachelorette, Rachel Recchia, and her fiancé, Erich Schwer, were seen from the audience cheering for the ICU nurse turned alien.
The quick-step is a very fast dance in which the complexity of the footwork is central. Windey and Chmerkovskiy crisscrossed every inch of the dance floor as their feet carried them swiftly from corner to corner.
Carrie Ann Inaba was the first judge to participate. “That was out of this world good!” she lyrically, with the pun very intended. “You have everything you need to win this match,” she declared. “You are so sophisticated. And what I saw more than ever this week was personality coming out. You were fantastic!”
Chief judge, Len Goodman, went next. He started his comment by saying that so many people tend to take the easy way out. Then he addressed Windey and Chmerkovskiy directly, claiming, “You’re doing things the right way, and it’s not the easy way.”
Derek Hough agreed with the other judges, saying, “I mean the concept, the choreography, the costumes and the makeup! That was a really tough routine, and you pulled it off — the footwork and all that.”
Bruno Tonioli exclaimed, “you danced it and you lived it!” He was particularly impressed with the speed of the dance, noting, “If you blink, she was on the other side of the galaxy. I mean, how did you do that without losing the steps once? Excellent!”
Windey and Chmerkovskiy then spoke briefly with co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, who told Windey, “You looked like you were having the time of your life out there. You can’t possibly still have imposter syndrome.” Windey replied with a laugh, “Well no, because I’m an alien now.”
When it came time for the scores, Windey was excited to quadruple the sensation she felt when she got a “9” last week. This time, all four judges gave her that coveted score, for a total of 36. For the third week in a row, Windey and Chmerkovskiy were level with Wayne Brady and Witney Carson, and Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas for the highest score. Weatherman, Sam Champion and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, were eliminated.
There’s a two-night DWTS event next week, airing both Mondays and Tuesdays.
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