SAN DIEGO, October 27, 2014 – Halloween Week on “Dancing With The Stars” gave fans more treats than tricks. Judge Len Goodman was back. All of the individual routines were standard ballroom dance styles including Paso Doble, Rumba, Argentine Tango, Jive, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. No Burlesque, thank you. (No, we aren’t letting that one go, DWTS producers).
The DWTS costume and makeup artists deserve special recognition for creative outfits and impressive makeup, especially Bethany Mota’s “Bride of Frankenstein” look for her Paso Doble with Derek Hough.
If you want to know which couple got a trick and went home this week, scroll to the end of the article.
Sometimes, dressing for your role helps inspire your performance. It certainly did for Bethany and Derek with a powerful, intriguing Paso Doble. It was just one point shy of perfect and the best dance of the night.
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy put on wonderful staging and theatrics with their dark Viennese Waltz set to the theme from Parrish’s show “Pretty Little Liars.” But they forgot a little about the content of the dance, and it dropped their score a bit to 31 points.
Right behind them was the “proper Rumba” as Len Goodman called it from Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson. The Rumba is deceptively difficult, but the pair put together a flowing, fluid routine that won nines from all the judges for 36 points.
We got water works from Lea Thompson during her rehearsal footage with Artem Chigvintsev, but their Argentine Tango was nothing to cry over. It was a bit slow for my taste, resulting in less sharpness than required, but it still scored a respectable 34 points.
The rest of couple struggled a little. Sadie Robertson is just too sunny for a Paso Doble, but Mark Ballas choreographed a zombie/Dorothy routine that worked well enough for 30 points. Tommy Chong danced well in hold with Peta Murgatroyd during their Quickstep and he looked smashing in his top hat and tails, but it is a challenging dance and he scored 28 points.
Lingering (again) at the bottom were Antonio Sabato and Michael Waltrip. The judges blasted Antonio for a lack of progress, and while they love Michael and his attitude, they don’t love his dancing. In Week 8 you shouldn’t be getting fives.
Competitors performed the first group dances of Season 19. These can be tricky train wrecks or memorable entertainment. Sometimes the dancing is even decent. Both teams were wildly entertaining. Derek Hough wove his winning choreography web of magic on the spider themed dance to “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea, good for an additional 36 points for each couple in the team, including Michael and Emma’s first nines ever on “Team ItsyBitsey” (Bethany and Derek, Janel and Val, Lea and Artem, and Michael and Emma).
Although the dance content wasn’t as strong, the entertainment factor was off the charts for the “Time Warp” routine by the “Team Creep Du Soleil” (Alfonso and Witney, Sadie and Mark, Tommy and Peta, and Antonio and Cheryl), good for 32 points.
These group scores didn’t make a great deal of difference. Only two couples changed on the leaderboard, with Lea and Artem jumping one place ahead of Alfonso and Witney into second place. At that level it won’t affect next week’s elimination.
This week, the bottom two were Antonio and Cheryl, and Tommy and Peta, with Michael and Emma being saved once again by NASCAR Nation. Tommy’s fans came through for him as well, leaving Antonio and Cheryl getting the scare and leaving the show.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, November 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Halloween Week Leaderboard
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Paso Doble
Scores: 10-9-10-10 = 39 points plus 36 group score = 75 points
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Argentine Tango
Scores: 8-8-9-9 = 34 points plus 36 group score = 70 points
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Rumba
Scores: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points plus 32 group score = 68 points
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz
Scores: 8-7-8-8 = 31 points plus 36 group score – plus 67 points
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Paso Doble
Scores: 7-7-8-8 = 30 points plus 32 group score – 62 points
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points plus 32 group score = 60 points
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Viennese Waltz (ELIMINATED)
Scores: 6-7-7-7 = 27 points plus 32 group score = 59 points
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Jive
Scores: 5-5-5-5 = 20 points plus 36 group score = 56 points
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, November 3, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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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