‘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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October 27, 2015 5:27 pm

Great recap, LR! Especially enjoyed the intro. Love Bindi – wonderful person. Like how she gives Berg a hug after her routine. Pretty sure he looks forward to the post-routine hug too. And he does not like when she is criticized- pretty cute to see him defend in his subtle witty ways. Must say, have enjoyed Leah Remini as the guest host helper person…

October 27, 2015 7:27 pm

I agree that Alek lost points with me for his comments. Good show but was sad to see Hayes booted off. Erin Andrews has been working her baseball gig:)

October 27, 2015 7:28 pm

What about Leah falling down after being scared. I couldn’t stop laughing. The more I rewound it the more I laughed til I cried. She is such a nut. I liked Bindi’s tango but not a 10. Tamar is arrogant not confident. Big difference. But at least the usual dead look in her eyes fit the spooky Halloween mood.

October 27, 2015 8:50 pm

I feel like I’m becoming a real cranky pants about aspects of this season, which is frustrating in itself because I love DWTS. That said…

Witney has gotten annoying, Tamar continues to be annoying, and I’ve never missed Erin more. Leah’s fine as the scripted co-star of “King of Queens,” but it’s clear she’s trying to punch above her weight as the color commentator. The contrast with Tom could not be more stark.

Erin is generally clever and classy in those post-dance interviews; Leah is ham-fisted and crude. Frankly, I’m stumped as to why they bring her back.

Loved my girl, Sharna, but her hairdo kept flashing me back to Madeline Kahn’s character in “Young Frankenstein.” Funny and a little distracting.

Bindi continues to delight. Tamar’s modest self-assessment aside, I’m predicting Bindi for the win.

October 27, 2015 8:52 pm

God, Leah Remini is a tool!

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October 27, 2015 10:51 pm

Tamar definitely has a chip on her shoulders and I believe this will keep her from winning. I think she is talented enough to win but not easy to cheer for. My fav, Alek, sure was off the mark thinking he was above reproach. There is absolutely no chemistry between Whitney and Carlos but I think Whitney is too young to see that she should be more professional with her attitude. I think Bindi is also talented and her sunny nature just makes her so lovable and I can see her ending up in first or second. I never was a Backstreet Boys fan but I’m enjoying Nick and can see him at the finish line as well. Alexa and Carlos are very talented too, but not sure about their fan base being able to carry them to the end. One thing I’m really enjoying about the last few weeks is how well everyone is doing. I am so entertained and impressed with the dances. Really, really fun season!

October 28, 2015 7:53 am

Halloween episode is always my favorite and it did not disappoint. Here’s what I see: Whitney and Carlos, no chemistry at all. She’s starting to annoy me with her comments and attitude. She needs to straighten up.

Tamar and Val. Zero chemistry. I bet if he were asked who is the “star” that has annoyed him the most it would be Tamar. I really dislike her and her extremely arrogant attitude. It is not attractive. She needs to go home next week!!!!

Love Bindi, but they really need to let her dance first. There is clearly a favoritism show to her partner, Derek, but there is no doubt he is super talented.

Absolutely loved Team Nightmare! Their dance was very entertaining. Not sure who I am pulling for to win the title at this point so I will just sit back and continue to be entertained by the show and by Lincee’s witty blog each week!

October 28, 2015 7:53 am

Lincee, I’ve been lurking on your blog for a few seasons of the Bachelor/ette now, and I was so delighted to find out that you recap DWTS, too!

Now that I’ve flattered you a bit, I’ll confess – I’m a Derek fan. I know, I know, he’s the golden boy, but I think it’s merited. His choreography is almost always good, but most of all, he ALWAYS makes his partners look good. He choreographs to their strengths and shows them in their best light. Compare him to Mark, who kind of just tries to do crazy things and usually only shows Mark in his best light, while his partners are kind of…sidelined in the lunacy? It seems like, for Derek, the art is in showcasing his partner. Every once in a while, he kind of lets his hubris show, but I find him much less objectionable than other pros. Exhibit A for this season – Witney. Seriously, what is up with that girl? It could not be clearer that she is bored and frustrated with her partner. She is a great choreographer, but I’m just kind of over her at this point.

I think that Hayes should have gone soon, though I really enjoyed his waltz – I thought he did a fantastic job. But I think the least talented dancer left in the competition is Alek. I like him, but had a hard time watching his fit this week. I wonder why they showed it? Every time he said “it was a flawlessly executed routine,” I just wanted to reply, “dude, you’re just not that good, there’s no shame in that.”

In spite of my “I love Derek” gush fest a couple paragraphs ago, I agree with you that the Ghost Busters dance was phoned in. And Bindi’s wig was AWFUL. It made me sad because Bindi is the human manifestation of sunshine with a few puppies thrown in for good measure.

I think Leah Remini is totally aware of her limits in terms of hosting a live show, so she seems to be just having fun with it. She can’t be Erin, so why try? It’s actually really nice to see after watching her on the show, when she struggled with her lifelong tendency to put enormous pressure on herself.

Whew. Ok, I’ll be done now. I just decided “hey, why don’t you comment this time?” and I got WAY TOO EXCITED about it. Love your recaps. In fact, I don’t even watch the Bachelor/ette anymore – I find your recaps more entertaining than the actual show. 🙂

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