‘Dancing with the Stars’: Halloween Night recap: Eek! Which celebs put on a rockin’ horror show for the judges? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Dancing with the Stars” spared its contestants from an elimination on Disney Night, but how many went home on Halloween Night? Was it a bloodbath? If so, who did the grim reaper of the ballroom claim as its next victim — or victims? Follow along below with our live blog for all the minute-by-minute developments as they happen.

The first four celebs eliminated from the competition were all women (Nikki Glaser, Danelle Umstead, Nancy McKeon and Tinashe). Another woman sent home would have made history as the first time one gender has suffered the first five eliminations in a given season. So Evanna Lynch, Mary Lou Retton and Alexis Ren had to watch their backs.

But so did Joe Amabile. He was also on the verge of making history with the most last-place judges’ scores for a single contestant. But was he finally on the verge of elimination? He was never even in jeopardy in previous weeks, demonstrating the power of his fan base to compensate for his scores. But our users who entered their forecasts in our predictions center thought his luck would finally run out, and he drew a passionate, challenging dance style for fright night: a “Moulin Rouge!”-inspired Argentine tango.

On the opposite end of the scoring spectrum, contestants kept chasing a perfect 30. Juan Pablo Di Pace got one on Most Memorable Year Night, but after that the show’s toughest critic Len Goodman kept his 10 paddle to himself. Did Di Pace, Ren or Milo Manheim coax another one out of him? Find out below starting at 8:00pm (all times listed are Eastern).

Milo Manheim and Witney Carson

Contemporary – “Toxic” by 2WEI

Daniel Montgomery, 8:04pm — “I love creepy,” says Milo about Halloween. So Witney is giving him “the creepiest dance I’ve ever choreographed,” which is going to put him in an insane asylum.

DM, 8:07pm — This is straight up one of the best choreographed contemporaries I’ve seen on this show, it’s “So You Think You Can Dance” professional level.

Cordell Martin, 8:07pm — This better get a 30!

Jeffrey Kare, 8:09pm —  I really liked how they were able to work around the limited space they had with that set.

JUDGES — Len is not a fan of jazz and contemporary, but he thought this routine was “spellbinding … Your acting skills came right to the fore.” Bruno thought it was “mind-bending” and “impeccably acted … It was superb.” Carrie Ann called it a “maturely nuanced performance … You were absolutely in control.”

CM, 8:10pm — Let’s skip to elimination, show’s over.

JK, 8:10pm — And Grocery Store Joe can pack his bags already.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — Total: 30 out of 30

CM, 8:11pm — Yes, 30!

JK, 8:11pm — His first perfect score!

DM, 8:12pm — I really hope they make it to the finals because I want Witney to be able to add this and a bad-ass freestyle to her Emmy reel for next year.

John Schneider and Emma Slater

Paso Doble – “Main Titles from “Beetlejuice” by Ray Chew Live

DM, 8:16pm — Emma is getting creative with this paso doble — which John can’t even pronounce. They’re battling in the afterlife after he beheaded her. “I’m not going to lose my head over it,” says John about the tricky, intricate choreography. I’m digging the costumes, though, very Tim Burton.

CM, 8:19pm — Ehh, three 7s.

DM, 8:19pm — Solid routine, John was a bit stiff but he kept up with the fast pace and did a good job with the character of the dance.

JK, 8:20pm — I thought that was a pretty skillful routine. I also appreciated them dancing to Danny Elfman’s theme from “Beetlejuice.”

JUDGES — Bruno thought it was “a historical tragedy on an epic scale ending in carnage … but there were so many mistakes … You’ve lost the refinement and the timing.” Carrie Ann’s “heart breaks because I see how much effort you put into it … You never quite got your feet under you … This was maybe one of your roughest performances.” Len says, “It wasn’t super, and it wasn’t that natural, but everything you did in hold I thought was terrific.”

CM, 8:21pm — I agree there was a lot of content but lacked the passion and attack.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (6), Len (7), Bruno (6) — Total: 19 out of 30

CM, 8:23pm — Yikes! WTH? He deserved no lower than 7.

DM, 8:23pm — 6s are uncalled for. That was nowhere near as poor as some Joe dances that have gotten 6s.

CM, 8:24pm —  Joe better get all 5s!

DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold

Salsa – “Under Your Spell” by Leo Soul

DM, 8:29pm — Lindsay is hoping to put some oil in DeMarcus’s rusty hips. I hope so too. I think he’s good at learning all her choreography, but I haven’t seen a lot of lithe movements from him thus far. His movements are a little lumbering.

DM, 8:33pm — Yeah, DeMarcus did not have the hips for that.

CM, 8:33pm — No he did not.

DM, 8:35pm — That was about 40% actual salsa, and maybe 10% hip action.

JK, 8:34pm — For what it was, I thought it was very energetic.

JUDGES — Carrie Ann thought he “lit up the ballroom” and she loved his lifts. Len felt he “lost a little bit of isolation in his hips,” but “I think you had a breakthrough tonight.” Bruno thought he was “tidy and in sync with the other dancers … He was firing on all cylinders tonight.”

DM, 8:35pm — I have no idea what the judges were watching.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (9), Bruno (9) — Total: 26 out of 30

CM, 8:37pm — What is Len smoking?

JK, 8:37pm — Apparently, I’m more on the same page as the judges than both of you on this.

CM, 8:37pm — Loved the lifts but that dance barely had any salsa content in my opinion.

JK, 8:37pm — And Len really has been more generous than usual tonight.

CM, 8:38pm — Yeah, he has. Well let’s wait until the women dance. Especially Evanna since they like to nitpick at her and Keo.

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe

Tango – “Disturbia” by Rihanna

DM, 8:42pm — “It was painful,” said Keo about the scores they got for their routine last week. Evanna thought she nailed it, and frankly so did I. As far as I’m concerned, the judges low-balled her. And after those incredibly generous scores for DeMarcus, they’d better be kind to Evanna this week.

DM, 8:45pm — That Evanna performance was rock-solid, deserves 9s. At this rate that means she’ll get 4s

JK, 8:45pm — I thought that was excellent!

CM, 8:46pm — Her best dance this season

JUDGES — Len loved the tango content and the bend in her knees, it was “crisp as a Pringle … You sold the whole dance. It was full-on.” Bruno says, “She went from a tame pussycat to a wild panther … The lines were absolutely beautiful. You placed it impeccably.” Carrie Ann concludes, “Evanna’s on fire! … You are so fierce tonight. This is you stepping up to the plate.”

DM, 8:47pm — I think she’s getting one or two 10s. The judges are getting back on my good side.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (9), Bruno (10) — Total: 29 out of 30

JK, 8:48pm — Now, Len’s giving one point lower as usual.

CM, 8:48pm — Really, Len?

JK, 8:49pm — But hey, a well-deserved score nonetheless.

DM, 8:49pm — I wouldn’t put it quite at the level of Milo, so I’m fine with the one 9.

CM, 8:49pm — She’s probably doing well with the votes.

JK, 8:50pm — Never underestimate the “Harry Potter” fan base.

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

Argentine Tango – “Mr. Sandman” by SYML

DM, 8:55pm — It’s been a tough-schedule kind of week for Bobby Bones. He starts his radio show at 3:00am Pacific and goes for three hours before training with Sharna. He’s a little delirious from lack of sleep, so maybe he should join Milo in that asylum.

DM, 8:58pm — I didn’t have high hopes for Bobby Bones doing Argentine tango, but that might have been his best dance yet. Sleep deprivation works for him.

CM, 8:58pm — It felt more like a jazz or contemporary routine to me.

JK, 8:58pm — I thought that was interesting all around with the dancing, staging, and that contemporary cover of ‘Mr. Sandman.’

DM, 9:00pm — I see your point about the actual content of the dance, Cordell. I didn’t notice, but yeah, that felt very contemporary.

JUDGES — Bruno thought it was like an “Argentine nightmare,” but he’s ambivalent about the combo with Argentine tango and contemporary. Carrie Ann thought it was “your best dance so far … What you did tonight mesmerized me.” And Len felt it had “mood and atmosphere,” though he too wanted more Argentine tango even though he liked the “feel” of the dance.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (7), Bruno (7) — Total: 22 out of 30

DM, 9:02pm — I actually agree with Carrie Ann on that 8, and I never thought I’d say that about a Bobby Bones routine.

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber

Tango – “Shame” by Elle King

DM, 9:10pm — “I went through a divorce. People don’t know that. This is actually the first time I’ve said it publicly,” Mary Lou reveals. It happened this year after decades of marriage. That means she’s back on the market, so Sasha tells America, “Swipe right.”

DM, 9:14pm — That tango was a little clunky, especially having to follow Evanna doing the same dance style earlier. And the theme of the dance felt a tad forced.

CM, 9:14pm — I agree.

JK, 9:14pm — I at least thought the staging was wickedly creative.

JUDGES — Carrie Ann thought she “channeled all that energy, all that release,” but “the dance got away from you … It was a bit heavy to me.” Len she lost her neck a bit, but he appreciated that it was full of tango content. Bruno says, “You delivered what’s on the menu,” but “you went back into that bad habit” with her high shoulders.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Bruno (8) — Total: 24 out of 30

DM, 9:17pm — I thought we’d see a 7 or two, but I don’t mind because I want her to be safe.

CM, 9:19pm — Yeah she can go after Joe.

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten

Jazz – “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera

DM, 9:21pm — Alexis and Alan showmance, part two. Call me a cynic, but the show suddenly going all-in on their romantic connection feels like the producers trying to add a romantic subplot to the season. “We communicate … with our hearts,” says Alexis. “I’m developing feelings for Alan, and I didn’t see this one coming.” And Alan thinks “Alexis’s smile lights up the room … I want to be 100-percent certain before I tell her how I’m feeling.” Like, they’re telling each other what they’re feeling now because they’re watching their clip packages live in front of the audience.

CM, 9:24pm — Is this an episode of “The Bachelor”?

JK, 9:25pm — This routine seems better suited for Christmas than Halloween.

JUDGES — Len says, “Candy is dandy, and so was that performance … A lot of content, a lot of fun.” Bruno loves “a bit of light relief. That was a Halloween treat … You really are an all-American dancing beauty.” Carrie Ann thinks she “lights up” the room in such a “sweet way.”

CM, 9:27pm — I thought it was a cute dance.

JK, 9:27pm — Yeah, I enjoyed it as well.

DM, 9:27pm — I thought it was a lovely dance too, but kinda overshadowed by how the show is trying to push them as a couple.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Bruno (9) — Total: 27 out of 30

Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson

Argentine Tango – “El Tango de Roxanne” from “Moulin Rouge!”

DM, 9:39pm — Jenna is bringing big characters and big moves, so she wants Joe to be “fully invested.” Last week Len say he wants Joe to give it some “welly.” If “welly” means the ability to execute choreography, then I agree.

DM, 9:43pm — That was his best dance of the season until that disastrous final lift where he actually almost killed Jenna.

CM, 9:43pm — Exactly.

JUDGES — Bruno says, “Actually your tango didn’t scare me … I’m very pleased to say that your timing was the best ever.” Carrie Ann is “blown away … What a huge change … presence, commitment, following through on every move.” Len concurred: “That was your best dance.”

JK, 9:45pm — Jenna definitely appeared to be doing all the work. Joe moved just as slow as the Frankenstein (or dare I say Frunk-in-steen) monster.

DM, 9:45pm — Yeah, Jenna did do most of the work, but when she had him doing actual tango, his timing was good, his movements were … fine.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (7), Bruno (7) — Total: 22 out of 30

CM, 9:46pm — WTH?

DM, 9:47pm — Okay, Carrie Ann has lost me again with that 8.

JK, 9:47pm — I’m not sure if he really deserved that high of a score.

DM, 9:48pm — He didn’t at all, but he set his own bar so low the judges got carried away. I was expecting 7s, but that 8 was over-generous. And John Schneider really ended up getting screwed.

DM, 9:49pm — This also means that Joe doesn’t make history (yet) for the most last-place scores in “DWTS” history. He’s still tied with Bill Engvall with six.

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke

Jive – “Dead Man’s Party” by Atwater Men’s Club

DM, 9:50pm — Let’s see if Juan Pablo has another perfect score in him. “It felt so good to be back on top of the leaderboard,” he says about last week’s return-to-form scores. He’s so excited that he’s sketching his own costume for the Egyptian-themed routine. So if “DWTS” doesn’t work out, maybe he has a future on “Project Runway.”

JUDGES — Carrie Ann thought it was “sheer perfection.” Len says, “You got the balance right between the theme and the technique … You got the wow or the performance. I saw nothing I didn’t like.” And Bruno concludes, “I bow to thee, your majesty … Perfection all the way through.”

JK, 9:55pm — What a way to end the show with a bang!

DM, 9:55pm — Excellent routine, spot-on, not sure it was quite at the level of Milo at the beginning of the night, but I wouldn’t be mad at a couple of 10s for that.

CM, 9:55pm — I thought it was a really good dance

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — Total: 30 out of 30


First couple in jeopardy: Mary Lou and Sasha

Second couple in jeopardy: Alexis and Alan


JK, 9:59pm — Worse news, Joe stays another week.

CM, 9:59pm — Knew it.

DM, 9:59pm — Not too surprised, but man, five women in a row eliminated. And the judges just guaranteed that John’s dead next week.

CM, 10:00pm — Alexis is going home.

DM, 10:02pm — I think it might be John. He’s way at the bottom, and I don’t know if he has the kind of fan base to overcome the deficit even if Alexis has a low turnout. Since it’s definitely not going to be Joe, I’d rather see John go home than Alexis. It would be ridiculous if America sends another woman home.

Judges’ Leaderboard:

1. Milo Manheim — 30
1. Juan Pablo Di Pace — 30
3. Evanna Lynch — 29
4. Alexis Ren — 27
5. DeMarcus Ware — 26
6. Mary Lou Retton — 24 (ELIMINATED)
7. Joe Amabile — 22
7. Bobby Bones — 22
9. John Schneider — 19

Final Predictions Contest Results:

Who will be eliminated? Mary Lou Retton

Who will get the judges’ HIGHEST score? Milo Manheim and Juan Pablo Di Pace (30 out of 30)

Who will get the judges’ LOWEST score? John Schneider (19 out of 30)

How many 10s will the judges give out? 5 to 9 (eight to be exact)

Which judge will give the MOST points? Carrie Ann Inaba (77)

Which judge will give the FEWEST points? Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli (76)

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