Watch Suni Lee waltz to ‘I Put a Spell on You’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Watch Suni Lee waltz to ‘I Put a Spell on You’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

On Monday, she was a hero. On Tuesday, she was a villain.

Through it all, she danced.

St. Paul gymnast Suni Lee and her professional dancing partner, Sasha Farber, were one of 13 couples dancing to “Disney Heroes” and “Disney Villains” theme nights on the two-part “Disney Week” on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

The dancers were competing with celebrities including Melora Hardin, an actor best known as Jan from “The Office,” JoJo Siwa, a YouTube personality and Iman Shumpert, an NBA basketball star.

On Monday’s “Heroes” night, Lee and Farber scored 25 out of 30 for their salsa dance to “Colombia, Mi Encanto” a song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for Disney’s upcoming animated movie, “Encanto,” to be released (only) in theaters on Nov. 24.

During that episode, the dancing partners get a sneak peek of the movie, which centers around Mirabel, a young girl from Colombia who wonders why she is the only person in her family who was not gifted with magical abilities.

“I feel like I related to Mirabel,” Lee said. Because: “When I first started gymnastics,” she says, “I was terrible. But not everything is going to come easy, and I wasn’t going to stop until I got to the Olympics.”

Like Mirabel, Lee learned that sometimes, strength comes not from magic — but from ourselves.

“When I won the gold medal, it was just like such a surreal moment,” she says, “and one that I’m going to remember forever.”

After the salsa dance, the judges — all dancing vets and choreography experts — were in agreement that it appears Lee is feeling more comfortable on the dance floor.

“I love seeing you open up more and more each week,” judge Derek Hough said.

On Tuesday’s “Villains Night,” it was time for a Viennese waltz to “I Put a Spell on You” by Annie Lennox (inspired by “Hocus Pocus”).

That 1993 movie, featuring a coven of sister-witches, was one that reminded Lee of family fun here in St. Paul.

“Me and my sister watch this movie every year during Halloween,” she said.

St. Paul gymnast Suni Lee and professional dancer Sasha Farber performed a Viennese waltz to “I Put a Spell on You” by Annie Lennox (inspired by “Hocus Pocus”) for “Disney Villains Night” on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (Courtesy of ABC)

She took the opportunity to shout out to her own sister, Shyenne Lee.

“She’s just the best person in my life, ever,” Lee said. “She’s my best friend.”

Dressed up as Bette Midler’s witchy character, Lee went on to cast a spell on the judges with her dance that had a gymnast’s strength but a dramatic flair as well.

“Finally, I feel the performance has matched the technique,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said.

“Well done,” said Hough.

“The way you filled the spaces!” judge Len Goodman said. “Whatever the spell is, keep it going.”

She will: With a score of 35 out of 40 — their highest yet — along with the support of the viewers’ votes, this couple produced enough magic on the dance floor that they will return next week, along with 10 other couples who avoided elimination.

The show airs at 7 p.m. local time on Mondays on ABC.

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