Spooky! Scary! Sparkly! Happy Halloween from the ballroom, dance lovers! I almost missed the evening’s festivities because I’ve been watching videos of Val, Keo, and Mark doing that MC Hammer dance on a constant loop since last week. Alas, there was no Hammertime tonight, but there was plenty of ghoulish fun.
Seriously, Dancing With the Stars keeps Halloween looking right and tight. Halloween in the ballroom is all gorgeously grotesque costumes, legs that don’t quit, and fog — so much fog. Whereas Halloween in the real world is just me cuddling up with a bottle of Riesling, hiding from trick-or-treaters, and watching The Holiday because guess what, calendars: YOU DON’T OWN ME.
Dancing With the Stars was made for Halloween — or was Halloween made for DWTS? — either way, tonight was brimming with all the vampires, werewolves, and…Edward Scissorhands one could ask for. So, whose dances were scarily good, and whose were just plain scary? To the ballroom!
Nick and Sharna
Argentine Tango | “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence
Nick is still a little bummed about just missing a perfect score last week (I’m still bummed too, that Disco was life), but he’s determined to use Carrie Ann’s tough critique, as well as some tricky scheduling issues, as motivation for his Frankenstein-themed Argentine tango. After all, “practice makes perfect,” right, Nick? Er — not exactly. The judges found his Argentine tango a bit clunky. They praised his commitment and his big booty (YA HEARD), and Carrie Ann was right: The performance really picked up in the second half, after Nick worked out his nerves and got down to business with an insane lift sequence. But overall, Bruno wanted a sharper, more surprising routine. Not all was lost though. Carrie Ann invented the term “Franken-sexy,” and fingers crossed it becomes a national craze.
Judges’ Score: 24/30
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Hayes and Emma
Waltz | “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
If you would’ve told me seven weeks ago that a “Vine Star” would be half of one of my favorite pairings on DWTS, I would’ve said “you know I don’t speak tween”. But seriously, Hayes and Emma are so endearing. Emma just wants to protect Hayes’ spirit, and he called her his best friend! HIS BEST FRIEND, YOU GUYS. The two dance an elegantly dark Viennese waltz, and the judges commend Hayes on the improvement in his top line and his chemistry with Emma (um, duh). I would’ve given the kid a 10 solely for rocking that beard weave. Tyra would be so proud. America’s Dad Tom makes sure Hayes knows how confident he looked out there, and Julianne admits she got chills. It definitely wasn’t his best dance (Remember that contemporary? More of that, please), but Hayes shouldn’t be worried about improving.
Judges’ Score: 26/30
Alexa and Mark
Paso Doble | “Hora Zero” by Rodrigo y Gabriela
Man, everyone is really feeling low after last week. Perk up, people — dancing is supposed to be fun! Alexa’s definitely in the deepest shame spiral of our celebs, after her time spent in jeopardy, but never fear, girl: Mark Ballas promises to be there to support her through it all. There’s so much hugging between these two this week — who do they think they are, Hayes and Emma?
Alexa has nothing to worry about though: Her Edward Scissorhands-inspired paso doble is my favorite dance of the night. It is the first routine where the staging and costumes enhance the dance, rather than detract from it. Oh, to be a dancing shrub in a Mark Ballas routine! A girl can dream. Carrie Ann is right: Alexa looked relaxed and out of her head on the dance floor, and the section while she was surrounded by those dancing shrubs was on point. The judges noticed a few missteps, but WHAT DO THEY KNOW? Oh, right…
Judges’ Score: 27/30
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