SAN DIEGO, October 26, 2015 – Halloween Week was mostly delightful and not at all frightful on “Dancing With The Stars,” except for the one couple going home.
There are no weak performers left among the remaining eight couples, so from Monday night forward every elimination will take out someone who has performed well and shown promise at some point during the season. Fan votes become even more important than ever. Scroll to the end if you want to find out who went home.
With the season’s first team dances this week, some of the individual routines suffered in quality. Last week there were three couples with perfect scores. This week, only Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough impressed the judges enough for a perfect score. Bruno Tonioli called their Argentine Tango a “master class.” Bindi was nearly unrecognizable as a raven haired vampire. The only other couple to get a 10 for their individual dance was Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson, who received a single 10 from Julianne Hough for their Paso Doble, for 28 points.
The rest of the couples were separated by only a few points. Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas recovered from their lackluster Britney Spears routine with their Edwards Scissorhands themed Paso Doble. They tied for third with Andy Grammer and Allison Holker who danced an aggressive Paso Doble to Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People.” Both couples scored 27 points.
Hayes Riley waltzed as a werewolf with Emma Slater. It was a mature routine; of all the performers, Hayes is one of those who is still improving. They received 26 points. Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold bounced back a bit from last week with a stronger Paso Doble, and received a score of 25 points. Tied at the bottom after the individual dances were Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess who danced the Argentine Tango, and Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy, who danced the Foxtrot. both had slight mistakes during their routines and received 24 points.
Halloween Week also marks the point in the season when the first Team Dances take place. The two team captains were the two highest scoring pros last week, Nick Carter and Bindi Irwin. Derek Hough’s winning streak in team dances (he has never lost) came to an end. “Team Nightmare” dancing to the theme song from the movie “A Nightmare Before Christmas” received a perfect score of 30 points for a sharp, Broadway ready routine. Team members Nick and Sharna, Tamar and Val, Andy and Allison and Hayes and Emma added 30 points to their scores.
“Team Who You Gonna Call” was less successful with their tricky routine, scoring 28 points for Bindi and Derek, Alexa and Mark, Carlos and Witney, and Alek and Lindsay.
The team scores moved Alek and Lindsay to last place, helping Nick and Sharna and Tamar and Val who had been tied for last. Andy and Allison jumped one spot to second place, but did not affect Bindi and Derek who stayed in the lead. The rest of the couples were all in the middle of the pack as before.
Three couples were placed in jeopardy at the end: Hayes and Emma, Tamar and Val, and Alexa and Mark. Alexa and Mark both said during the video packages they were worried about going home this week after having the lowest score last week. But in the first true surprise elimination of Season 21, Hayes and Emma were the ones eliminated. All the eliminations hurt at this point of the season, and it is a reminder that great performances need to be supported by fan votes.
Week 7 Results
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Argentine Tango, 10-10-10 = 30 points + 28 points team dance
Total score: 58 points
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Paso Doble, 9-9-8 = 27 points + 30 points team dance
Total score: 57 points
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Paso Doble, 9-10-9 – 28 points + 28 points team dance
Total score: 56 points
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Paso Doble, 9-9-9 = 27 points + 28 points team dance
Total score: 56 points
Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: Waltz, 8-9-9 = 26 points + 30 points team dance
Total score: 56 points (ELIMINATED)
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Argentine Tango, 8-8-8 = 24 points + 30 points team dance
Total score: 54 points
Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot, 8-8-8 = 24 points + 30 points team dance
Total score: 54 points
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Viennese Waltz, 9-8-8 = 25 points + 28 points team dance
Total score: 53 points
Voting information: 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 Wednesday.
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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