Halloween scares up some fun on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Monday

Halloween scares up some fun on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Monday

The scariest thing for the seven remaining couples is a trip home on Halloween from "Dancing With The Stars."

Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold are at the top of the leaderboard and headed for the finals of "Dancing With The Stars." Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

SAN DIEGO, October 29, 2016 – Seven couples are still in the hunt for the Mirror Ball Trophy for Season 23 of “Dancing With The Stars.” This week they will celebrate Halloween in their individual routines, and then face the frightful head to head dance-off for additional judges points.

This week, every couple performs a ballroom or Latin style they haven’t performed on the show yet including the Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Jazz, Argentine Tango, Tango, and Cha Cha. Whichever couple is on top of the leaderboard after round one will have immunity, cannot be eliminated and will make it to the round of six couples next week.

The remaining couples will dance off against each other in three pairs. They will dancer either a Cha Cha, Salsa, or Jive. The winner of each dance off as determined by a majority of the judges will have three points added to their scores. At the end of the show, one of these six couples will be going home.

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess are favorites to make it to the finals of Season 23. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess are favorites to make it to the finals of Season 23. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Some of the inside tidbits from blogs and social media this week. The injury to Sharna Burgess’s knee turns out to be an MCL ligament sprain. Sharna had ACL reconstructive surgery previously on this knee. As a precaution, Jenna Johnson from the troupe is acting as Sharna’s stand-in for rehearsals with James Hinchcliff this week.

Cheryl Burke wrote on Twitter Ryan Lochte is in the top four partners out of the 19 she’s danced with on “Dancing With The Stars.” Who do you think the other three were? Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith have to be two of them, since she won Season 2 with Drew and Season 3 with Emmitt. I’ll guess Gilles Marini or Jack Osborne was the third. We know it isn’t Ian Zeiring from Season 4. Cheryl has been blunt about how unpleasant he was as a partner.

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke have made it to the top seven on Season 23. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke have made it to the top seven on Season 23. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Derek Hough wrote on his personal blog that Marilu Henner’s feet “are killing her” and it is affecting her dancing. She is 64 years old, and many competitors younger than Marilu have toughed it out through injuries to knees, ankles, and backs.

Marilu Henner channels her inner Black Widow this week on "Dancing With The Stars."
Marilu Henner channels her inner Black Widow this week on “Dancing With The Stars.”

Lindsay Arnold says she and Calvin Johnson will be dressed as skeletons for their Quickstep this week.

The assignments for Week 8:

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Carson: Quickstep, “Dr. Bones” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
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James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Viennese Waltz, “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace ft. G-Easy from Suicide Squad
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Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Jazz, “Little Shop of Horrors” by Alan Menken 1-800-868-3405

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz, “Pure Imagination” by Jane Monheit
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Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Argentine Tango, “Sweet Dreams” by Emily Browning
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Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Tango, “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys
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Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Cha Cha, “Day-O” by Harry Belafonte
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Terra Jole and Sasha Farber charmed the judges and the audience with their Foxtrot. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber charmed the judges and the audience with their Foxtrot. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Voting information: For week eight, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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