Bringing a classic cartoon to life. Charlie D’Amelio and Mark Ballas dressed as Marge and Homer Simpson for their Disney+ Night appearance at Dancing with the stars.
“Mark my words, that’s going to go viral”, judges Derek Hough said of the dance on the Simpsons theme song during the Monday October 10 episode. Len Goodman, meanwhile, had nothing but good things to say about the execution of the 18-year-old TikTok influencer. “I didn’t like it, I loved it. It was so close, it was together. It was full of humor and characterization. Marge, you’re magical,” he said.
In a pre-recorded package, D’Amelio Ballas, 36, showed a clip of her guest appearance on the long-running sitcom. “I got to be on an episode and that was a really cool moment,” she said. Despite being a fan of the show, stepping into the shoes of the Simpson matriarch posed some challenges to the social media personality.
“Not only am I learning a new style of jazz, I’m doing it with Marge Simpson’s wig on my head,” she said. The Connecticut native sported the character’s towering blue hairdo for the show. “I’m a little nervous about the wig in the performance,” she admitted, adding, “I’ll have to dig into the hair first.” The former competition dancer told cohost Alfonso Ribeiro of the blue accessory: “It’s not heavy, which is nice, but it’s sleek. There are now about 300 hairpins in my head.”
Despite D’Amelio’s concerns, the hairpiece stayed put during the dance and she and Ballas got a total score of 36, equaling first place with Gabby Windey and Val Khmerkovskiy and Wayne Brady and Witney Carson. But before the judges gave their feedback, Tyra Banks apologized to the content creator for a previous error.
“Now Charli, last week…I called your boyfriend Landon Barker, and his name is Logan.” The D’Amelio Show personality gestured with her hands to Banks, 48, that it was actually the other way around. “Okay, I just said it backwards again. What’s wrong with me with this? Why can’t I get this?” the America’s next top model replied alum.
Banks then addressed Barker, 19, directly. “Hello, Landon. Sorry. Your wife has done so well tonight…I apologize again,” she said. The California native, sitting in the audience, smiled and laughed. D’Amelio, for her part, replied, “all good.”
The charlie vs. Dixie star, who confirmed her romance with Barker in July, had other lovers in the crowd for Disney+ night. “The people who taught me jazz, the dance teachers from my hometown are here,” she told Ribeiro, 51. “That means a lot to me, [they came] all the way from Connecticut.”
The influencer also told the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air alum how it felt to see her mother, Heidi D’Amelio, get close to her on the scoreboard. “I am so proud of her. … It’s so nice to see her so comfortable and being the star,” Charli replied. “That’s who I think she is and that’s who she is to me.”
Dancing with the stars airs on Disney+ on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.