ABC/Adam TaylorBoyz II Men‘s Wanya Morris lives to dance at least one more week after Monday’s Dancing with the Stars.
Morris and his pro partner, Lindsay Arnold, landed in a two-way tie for second place with pro football player Antonio Brown and his partner Sharna Burgess. Each had a score of 35 out of a a possible 40. Good Morning America chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy tied for the top spot with UFC fighter Paige VanZant and pro Mark Ballas, each with 36.
On Monday, the stars performed routines inspired by their favorite Disney films. Morris danced a samba to “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King. Guest judge, singer/actress Zendaya — a former DWTS contestant — noted that The Lion King was her favorite Disney movie and Wanya did it justice, calling him the “king of the jungle.” Len Goodman thought the dance was “fantastic,” and Bruno Tonioli praised the 42-year-old boy band singer for giving it all he had and more. Carrie Ann Inaba, however, thought Morris “over-danced” a little and lost control in the beginning. He earned scores of nine from the other judges, but it was her eight that kept him out a tie for first place.
Backstage, Morris told ABC Radio, that he was happy with his score, but also a little disappointed. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want all nines,” he admitted, but that frustration only makes him want to try harder next week.
“It gives you something to work for…You want everything to be perfect,” he added. “If you’re at a certain place, the only thing you can do is go higher or lower, and I don’t plan on going lower.”
Next week, the stars switch partners, and though he’ll miss working with Arnold, he feels comfortable knowing that the two will be reunited the following week.
Actress, television personality and Donald Trump‘s ex Marla Maples was eliminated on Monday.
Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday on ABC.
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