Suni Lee performs a stunning waltz on Disney Villains Night of Dancing with the Stars
Suni Lee isn't considered naughty by any one who knows her. But on Tuesdays episode of Dancing with the Stars, the Olympic medalist appeared to enjoy playing a witchy woman.
It was Disney Villains Night on the ABC reality series -- the follow-up to Disney Heroes Night in May -- and Lee tried her best to entice the judges in the ballroom, as well as the viewers at home.
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Who she is: Lee, 18, is a Minnesota native who has risen to the occasion after winning prestigious medals in the all-around gymnastics competition, securing ice hockey silver in team final, and achieving olympic bronze on the uneven bars. Lees first appearance at the Olympics, which had been postponed from 2020 to 2021 because of the coronavirus epidemic, was his first as a competitor. Lee is also a freshman at Auburn University.
This weeks dance: Lee performed a Viennese waltz to I Put 'a Spell On You" by Annie Lennox, inspired by the 1993 film Hocus Pocu. Lee, who can be a bit reserved, is learning to create characters and let emotions flow as he dances. She and her partner Sasha Farber were filled with tricks and treats as a result. (Lee wore a Bette Midler wig, as well.)
Sister act: The film Hocus Pocu focuses on a trio of sibling witches played by Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Their bond is strong, their spirits are fierce, and their rivalry is epic.
Lee stated it best: Me and my sister watch this movie every Halloween, usually with me. Cheyenne, my sisters name is Cheeyanne, and we kind of complement each other well, because Im so shy and she is outgoing. Shes the best person in my life, ever. Im really close to my sister. We do everything together. Shes my best friend. The thought of not having her here for such a long period of time has been very difficult for me. I miss my sister, she says.
Judges reactions Farber was criticized for a lack of traditional choreography, according to the head judge Len Goodman. Goodman said, Next ballroom dance, lets get a little more in hold. She looks great, he added. Lee however, like the rest of the judges, was enraptured, praising him to the max. My darling, I'm utterly captivated! Bruno Tonioli remarked.
Carrie Ann Inaba said: Suni! Youre finally going there. I can feel your energy. The articulation... Finally, the performance has matched the technique.
Derek Houghs comments Suni, youre a beautiful Sun. Youre a great person. You have wonderful, beautiful arms... and like Carrie Ann said, your performance is beginning to show. We absolutely love that. Well done,
How she scored: Lee and Farber received 35 out of 40 points from the judges. The duo made 68 out of 80 points, based on Mondays scores. Again, a good score, but not quite on top of the leaderboard. To win the Mirrorball, Lee must overtake celebrity frontrunners Melora Hardin, JoJo Siwa, Olivia Jade, and Amanda Kloots.
Staying or going? Lee and Farber remain in the competition. Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess were eliminated. Green is an actor best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210, Knots Landing, "Desperate Housewives," Anger Management and more. Matt James and Lindsay Arnold were also eliminated. James is a former Bachelor member, as well as he is also s/he acted as an agent and former football player. (Yep, double elimination twist!)
In the running: Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev (37/40 points + 36/ 40 points = 73/80 points), JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson (35/41 points+35/20 points= 70/ 80 points) Oliva Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy ( 35/42 points and 35/20 point = 70/20points), Lee and Farber (36/60 points plus 32/50 points is 68/70 points ), Amanda Kloot and Alan B
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Note from COVID Rigsby and Burke, both of whom tested positive for coronavirus in recent weeks, are now out of quarantine and are back in the ballroom.
Up next: On Oct. 18, Eleven teams will dance to tunes from the film Grease! The jury will score the performances, viewers will vote for their favorites, and one couple will be eliminated.
If you watch: Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. Tyra Banks is the host of the reality series.