There wasn’t much scary on Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The reality competition show is down to the last six couples, and nearly everyone stepped up their game on the show’s Halloween show. Everyone dressed the part — some scary, some just plain old fun — and the judges seemed mostly pleased.
Once again at the top of of the leaderboard were Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, who earned three 9’s from the judges. The show also had the celebrities doing a group dance the judges also scored, which was added to their individual scores.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Arquette and his partner took on the cha-cha-cha dressed as a magician and a magician’s assistant, and the judges found the dance to be, well, magical. “Lots of tricks and lots of treats. You’ve turned yourself into a dancer here. You need a little bit more rhythm, but overall, well done,” said head judge Len Goodman. 24/30
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
The war hero has been consistently impressing judges — and voters, apparently — with his dance moves. On Monday night, he took on the tango, and the judges for the most part thought the duo captured the tone of the piece and found the dance to be upbeat, precise and sharp. “Another very solid performance. This timing was so hard and you actually lost it a few times. You know it,” judge Bruno Tonioli said. 25/30
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Dressed as a devilish duo, the judges thought their routine was off this week. The big problem was the footwork, they said. “Well we have our good days and we have our not-so-good days. Last week was a good day, this week was not so good. I watched you, and you are having the time of your life, and I give you so much credit for that. But you sort of lost your choreography,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. 21/30
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
The Kardashians took on the tango this week and hoped to make the judges rethink the relative low scores they gave him last week. In the audience to cheer him on was his sister Kourtney, her boyfriend Scott and their son, Mason. (Missing, of course, was his sister Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage with NBA player Kris Humphries.) As for the performance, the judges thought it was his best dance yet. “I thought you did a terrific job. Your footwork was good; it had the right amount of attack. … You did a terrific job. And this is a gruesome week, because we’ve got the team dance coming,” Goodman said. 25/30
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
The former talk-show hostess danced the paso doble (dressed as Little Red Riding Hood), and the judges said that in spite of her nursing an injury, they loved the shapes and twists that she made. “It was like a blizzard of passion and fear! Another incredible performance,” Tonioli said. 27/30
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
The athlete danced the samba, and unlike past weeks, the judges thought that she coped well with what they considered to be a difficult dance. They liked the production and thought she danced as if her life depended on it. “There’s a newfound ease with you, and it’s beautiful to see,” Inaba said. 24/30
All the celebrities also danced a group dance — Team Tango and Team Paso Doble — and they got scored by the judges. Team Tango (Grace, Martinez and Arquette) danced to Rihanna’s “Disturbia,” and the judges thought they didn’t do as well when they danced individually as couples, but liked when they danced as a group. 23/30 Team Paso Doble (Lake, Kardashian and Solo) fared much better. They danced to Evanescence’s “Wake Me Up Inside,” and the judges thought it was powerful, moody and dramatic. 26/30
Who had your favorite dance Monday? Let us know in the comments!