‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Halloween Week

That sound you heard last night was a million girls taking to social media to scream in protest that their beloved “internet sensation” Hayes Grier was kicked off of Dancing with the Stars. He came in a 15-year-old boy and will leave a 15-year-old werewolf with a pretty sweet beard.

It’s Halloween week on Dancing with the Stars. Settle down with a pumpkin spice latte and some orange tinted Oreos, because this recap is going to be S-C-A-R-Y. Here we go!

Nick and Sharna
Argentine Tango
“Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence
Sharna dresses up like Frankenstein’s bride, complete with bloody stitches and the beehive hair-do with the white streak. Nick’s head isn’t in the game and it’s not because Sharna chopped it off. He has a busy week of backstreeting with his fellow boys. No amount of smoke is about to disguise that Nick is exhausted. It was evident when Sharna had to physically pump her arms up and down to remind the audience to cheer. In a word? Blah.
Score: 24

Hayes and Emma
“Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
Emma has to remind Hayes that being in the middle of the pack is part of life. You have to work hard during your journey and let the chips fall where they may. These are important life lessons for the tween. Emma choreographs a pretty basic waltz and I’m reminded how much better Hayes performs when he’s not forced to do something wild and crazy. Julianne thought he looked sophisticated, but we all know it’s because of his man beard. Bruno compared him to Jacob Black and I laughed. It’s clear that Bruno has imprinted on Hayes.
Score: 26

Mark and Alexa
Paso Doble
Spanish Guitar Music
Mark goes full “Mark” on this one and nails his character—Edward Scissorhands. Mark promises to be there for Alexa because someone in the PR department wisely recommended that he not be so mean to his partner. He even cradles her in a hug when she begins freaking out in the hallway. Week 7 = THE WEEK OF TEARS! The entire JV team dresses as dancing shrubbery as Mark flits about pretending to cut their limbs and Alexa’s hair. The blades were a bit distracting, as were the dancing trees, but it was a decent paso. The judges loved it.
Score: 27

Val and Tamar
“People Are Strange” by The Doors
Val finally feels like Tamar is giving it her all in practice. She agrees and then tells the camera guy that she is clearly the best dancer in the competition. To her defense, the interviewer did ask her multiple times before she finally answered. The bad news is that no one likes a pompous attitude. On the flip side again, Tamar is the best natural dancer of the competition. I’m not sure if she did any foxtrot steps. Perhaps I was distracted by ALL THE SMOKE AGAIN or Val’s open shirt. Who knows? She looked great in her purple dress. Taking note of Val’s severe eyeliner, I’m still not sure what they were supposed to be. The judges were not feeling it at all.
Score: 24

Andy and Allison
Paso Doble
Marilyn Manson “The Beautiful People”
Allison is on Andy to work even harder for perfection because once you receive a flawless score, you have to stay in that zone. They don’t have a character other than lots of leather and creepy contacts. The scary music and the scary faces were scary. That sentence probably makes Marilyn Manson very proud. I didn’t love the dance, but I did love Tom Bergeron’s comment at the end: “It’s a shame Len Goodman had to miss that. He loves Marilyn.”
Score: 26

Derek and Bindi
Argentine Tango
“Cry Little Sister” from The Lost Boys
I’m not even going to comment that Bindi has still never performed the beginning of the show. Derek choreographs a really pretty tango and pumps up the performance with vampire fangs and candelabras. Oh, there was smoke too. He lifts her up as if she was light as a feather. Everyone love her and she gets a perfect score.
Score: 30

Alek and Lindsay
Viennese Waltz
“Haunted” by Beyonce
Alek is losing “hero” points by the minute. He continues to bash the judges for low balling him in the score department. Lindsay brings Artem in who basically tells him that nobody’s perfect and here are 10 things you can do to up your game. REALITY CHECK! I believe Lindsay is some sort of witch because she glides into the shot on a hover board. There’s enough smoke on the ground to choke a horse, but after it clears, they glide and swoop their way across the floor. The judges throw him a bone in their comments, but the scores aren’t as forgiving.
Score: 25

Carlos and Witney
Paso Doble
“O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana
Witney still looks extremely bored anytime she is with Carlos. She is even more annoyed when he asks if she can dumb down the routine a bit because it’s too fast. She’s also irritated that he’s never used a cape before and is struggling. I found that odd. I got to cape swirling class the second Tuesday of every month. Doesn’t everyone? Carlos channels the Phantom of the Opera’s dark and twisty cousin (he wears a black mask) and spins around in front of audience members who have been forced to hold fake candles. This cracked me up for some reason. The judges thought he nailed it.
Score: 28

In week 7, the two highest scoring contenders are deemed team captains for the group number. Bindi and Nick must pick their dancers. Being someone who was never picked first for a team in my life, my butt clenched in anticipation for the ones who would be left standing alone at the end. Alex and Hayes were those individuals. No one cared except Bindi.

Team Nightmare consists of Hayes, Andy, Tamar and Nick. Allison and Val quickly throw together a creative number to the Halloween song from “Nightmare Before Christmas.” It was quirky, creative and they looked good doing it. The judges agreed with me. The team scored a 30.

Team Who Ya Gonna Call was a little bit different. According to Alek, it had all the short people in the lineup, including him, Bindi, Carlos and Alexa. I think everyone banked on the fact that Derek’s team dance has one something like 11 years in a row. Ironically, Who Ya Gonna Call appeared to phone in the campy choreography set to a Ghostbusters theme. It was nowhere near the pageantry of Team Nightmare. They scored a 28.

Tom gathered the guys and goules together to let everyone know who was in jeopardy. Emma and Hayes were called first, followed by Tamar and Val. When Alexa and Mark’s names were called, she started crying immediately and uttered, “Again?” Tamar looked like she knew she was going to go home, but it was Hayes who was sent packing. Everyone under the age of 20-years-old in the audience boo’d at the news.

Did you think Hayes deserved to leave? Which was your favorite dance this week? Will Bindi ever go first in the lineup? Where’s Erin Andrews? Sound off in the comments section!


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