“‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is my favorite musical. On top of that, we have the dream team,” said “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Drew Scott about performing a group routine with his fellow Team Phantom of the Ballroom members Victoria Arlen, Frankie Muniz, and Vanessa Lachey on “Halloween Night.” “I don’t think we have to be the best dancers in the room if we’re showing that we’re giving the biggest heart.” Scott’s pro partner Emma Slater admitted, “We’re definitely the underdog team. That’s probably what people think.” That’s because the four highest scorers from the previous week were all on the opposing team. But that turned out not to matter. Team Phantom’s power over the judges grew stronger yet. Watch it above.
Judge Bruno Tonioli called it “splendid, theatrical, grand, lush, lyrical. The choices of paso doble and tango, into a waltz was absolutely genius. It was flawless in construction, and it brought the best out of all of you.” Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Words fail me. That was by far the best, most exquisite team dance ever in the history of ‘Dancing with the Stars.'” And Len Goodman concluded, “Shut the front door and call me Andrew Lloyd Webber, that was the most polished dance I’ve ever seen.” After those effusive comments it was no surprise that Team Phantom received straight 10s across the board for a total of 30 out of 30.
But Team Phantom didn’t just win the team round, it was a blowout. Their opponents on Team Monster Mash only received a total of 24 out of 30. The differential was so great that after the team dance was combined with individual dances, three members of Team Phantom — Muniz (60 out of 60), Arlen (57 out of 60) and Scott (57 out of 60) — ended up with the highest total scores of the evening, putting them well above season 25 frontrunners Lindsey Stirling and Jordan Fisher.
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