Who was scared off ‘Dancing With The Stars’ on Halloween?

Halloween is one of the favorite themes for “Dancing With The Stars,” but it always ends up with one couple getting a real fright and going home for good.

James Hinchcliffe (right) danced with Jenna Johnson who ably stepped in for the injured Sharna Burgess. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 31, 2016 – No one loves costumes more than “Dancing With The Stars.” The competitors and pros get to play dress up every single week. So they really go for it on Halloween, and Season 23 was no exception. Halloween is a made for DWTS holiday, and couples who compete in the fall season get to let their imaginations run wild. But no matter how good a job they do, someone ends up at the bottom and gets the scary news they dread most: they are eliminated.

Which couple left the show this week on Halloween? If you want to know who went home, scroll past the recap report for the results.

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber kicked off the night with a Beetlejuice-themed Cha Cha, set to the Calypso classic “Day-O.” Judge Bruno Tonioli admitted it was a difficult rhythm to make it a Cha Cha, but Terra’s attitude always overcomes any problems with the routine. The judges want her to press the technique in coming weeks. Terra and Sasha scored 24 points.

What a switch to see Val Chmerkovskiy playing Willy Wonka with Laurie Hernandez, dancing a magical Viennese Waltz of pure imagination. Val was emotional in rehearsal and the performance was even more emotional. Val plays a protective role with his young competitor and they have ended up being a perfect match. Their scores reflected the technical and emotional performance, a perfect 30.

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough performed another brilliantly choreographed Hough Argentine Tango. The spiderwoman theme suited long legged Marilu well, and while she did a wonderful job with the character and has beautiful lines, she made several small mistakes. They scored 23 points.

Happy Halloween from everyone at Dancing With The Stars. Photo: ABC
Happy Halloween from everyone at Dancing With The Stars. Photo: ABC

Calvin Johnson reminded judge Carrie Ann Inaba of Season 3 champion Emmitt Smith, another great NFL star. Calvin’s Quickstep with Lindsay Arnold featured skeleton costumes which accentuated his nimble moves. It was easy to see what made him such an exceptional wide receiver; the same skills are making him an exceptional dancer. The judges rewarded Calvin and Lindsay with the night’s second perfect score of 30 points.

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke went to the dark side in “Cheryl’s House of Pain” for their Tango. For the first time this season, Ryan Lochte put on a believable character performance. The judges praised him for it, but still have criticisms of his dance skills. Ryan and Cheryl received 23 points.

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko performed their Jazz routine to the Broadway musical version of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Jana nailed the character and it was thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining with high energy. They were rewarded with 27 points.

Due to the injury to Sharna Burgess’s knee last week, James Hinchcliffe performed with Jenna Johnson. He rehearsed with her all week long, and as a former competitor herself on the series “So You Think You Can Dance,” she knows how to adapt to any situation and any partner. Their Suicide Squad characters lent themselves to a fierce Viennese Waltz. It provied James is truly talented, dancing just as well with Jenna as he has with Sharna. They received 30 points.

The top scoring couple this week received immunity from elimination. With James, Laurie and Calvin tied at the top, the tiebreaker is total judges scores through eight weeks, giving James and Jenna immunity and five additional points to keep them on top.

The remaining six couples were matched up in pairs, and learned for the first time which of three dance styles they would perform. The winner of each pair would win three additional judges’ points.

Competitors chose their opponents and dance styles. Laurie and Val chose Calvin and Lindsay, and Calvin selected the Jive. Jana and Gleb chose Terra and Sasha and Terra picked the Salsa. This left the two couple at the bottom, Marilu and Derek and Ryan and Cheryl, dancing the Cha Cha.

Laurie and Val and Calvin and Lindsay did a good job on their Jive routines earlier in the season. They both danced with high energy but Calvin made one small mistake near the end which the judges spotted, and the three points went to Laurie and Val.

The Salsa dance-off was a close-one. Terra and Sasha hadn’t danced the Salsa yet this season but Terra brings so much attitude it’s hard to take your eyes off her. But experience paid off, with two judges and the home audience vote choosing Jana and Gleb for three points.

The final Cha Cha dance-off was the most critical between the couples in danger of leaving, and because Terra and Sasha didn’t receive any points, the outcome would also drop them one place in the standings below the winner. Marilu and Derek seemed to get off to a slow start, while Ryan and Cheryl commanded the dance floor. Ryan showed how much he has improved from week one. As both Carrie Ann and Julianne said, you couldn’t take your eyes off them. They both voted for them, while Bruno Tonioli voted for Marilu and Derek. The audience chose Ryan and Cheryl by 58 percent.

It didn’t matter as Marilu and Derek were the first couple safe from elimination. Also safe: Laurie and Val, Calvin and Lindsay, James and Jenna, and Jana and Gleb.

Finally, it came down to the elimination between Terra and Sasha, and Ryan and Cheryl. The viewers sent Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke home. “I learned a lot about myself, no matter how many times I get knocked down I can get up and keep going.”

The audience sent him out with a standing ovation. Who knew he would make it eight weeks? This is why people love “Dancing With The Stars.” Competitors redeem themselves, slay their demons, win new respect and new fans.

Week 8 Results:

James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson (for Sharna Burgess): Viennese Waltz, 10-10-10 = 30 points WINS IMMUNITY ON THE TIE BREAKER plus five points – 35 total

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz, 10-10-10 = 30 points plus three dance-off points = 33 points total

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Carson: Quickstep, 10-10-10 = 30 points total

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Jazz, 9-9-9 = 27 points plus three dance-off points = 30 points total

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Tango, 7-8-8 = 23 points plus three dance-off points = 26 points total
1-800-868-3411 ELIMINATED

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Cha Cha, 8-8-8 = 24 points

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Argentine Tango, 7-8-8 = 23 points

Voting information: For week eight, viewers may cast their votes 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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