‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’ Halloween Night recap: Who scared up the best scores, and who was just plain scary?

The “Dancing with the Stars” two-night Halloween event started with the “Juniors” on Sunday night. The kids’ fright fest brought out breakthrough performances from a couple of rising contestants, while another early favorite “descended” on the leaderboard and we cried boo-hoo over the elimination at the end of the night. So who do you think gave the best performances, who gave the worst performances, and did the judges and studio audience get it right with the season’s fifth elimination?

As you might have guessed above, it was Alana Thompson — aka Honey Boo Boo from the reality series “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” — who was eliminated when Halloween Night was over. Her scores had improved slightly since week one, and she seemed to have the support of the studio audience, so it looked like she had a ghost of a chance to advance pretty far in the competition. Alas, her “Ghostbusters” jazz dance with pro partner Tristan Ianiero busted her Mirror Ball hopes.

Although she held steady with straight 7s from judges Mandy Moore, Val Chmerkovskiy and Adam Rippon, for a total of 21 out of 30, it wasn’t enough to keep her out of the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, and the studio audience couldn’t save her this time. She was ousted from the competition in eighth place, and though that wasn’t a huge shocker, it was still sad to see her go since she was clearly enjoying her time in the ballroom.

Her ouster might be worrisome for spelling bee contestant Akash Vukoti going into the next episode. Though he has been an unabashed charmer on the dance floor, his technique hasn’t really advanced. He’s been stuck on the same plateau for the entire season: scoring straight 7s for a total of 21 every single week, including on Halloween Night for his sweet Argentine tango to “Weird Science.” That tied him with Honey Boo Boo for last place, and with her now gone he’s going to have to earn some 8s in order to get out of the basement — or better yet, some 9s and 10s. If not, he could be the next kid celeb on his way out.

But the Argentine tango did prove to be a soaring success for another contestant who had been hovering near the bottom all season. Disney Channel actor Jason Maybaum was bloody good performing a vampire-themed routine to “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer. Maybaum has improved his scores every week thus far, and this was one of his biggest leaps. After his “Toy Story” foxtrot earned him 22 points from the judges on Disney Night, his Halloween number got him a 9 from Moore (his first of the season) and 8s from Rippon and Chmerkovskiy, giving him a total of 25. That placed him third on the leaderboard, by far his best ranking. He even tied Mackenzie Ziegler, who our readers have noted is practically a pro.

However, it was Miles Brown who owned the night yet again. He didn’t manage to crack the 10 threshold with his werewolf samba to “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow, but for the second week in a row he scored straight 9s for a total of 27 and first place on the leaderboard. The samba is one of the toughest dance styles anyone performs on “DWTS” — junior or senior — and Brown continues to prove he could hold his own even if he were pitted against the grownups.

Right on his heels was Sky Brown, who nailed the complex choreography of her “Little Shop of Horrors” jive. The athleticism and coordination she brings to the ballroom from her skateboarding career have certainly translated well to this competition. She also got her first 9s of the season from Moore and Chmerkovskiy, while Rippon gave her a 8. That gave her a total of 26, just one point shy of Miles’s total.

Unfortunately, one of the top contenders from earlier weeks tumbled down the leaderboard, but I’m not sure why. “Avengers: Infinity War” actress Ariana Greenblatt topped the leaderboard in weeks one and two, but her paso doble to “Ways to Be Wicked” from “Descendants 2” was her worst-scoring yet, getting 7s from Chmerkovskiy and Rippon and an 8 from Moore. That left her with a total of 22, which was just one point out of last place, but I’m with Moore on this one. The judges gave 7s to Honey Boo Boo, whose technique wasn’t at the level of Greenblatt’s, so I’m not sure why the male judges scored them equally.

The good news is that Greenblatt survived the night and is moving on to the next round of the competition. If she wants to get even with the stingy judges in the next round, maybe she should make like her on-screen dad and snap a couple of the judges out of existence in her next routine.

Judges’ Leaderboard:

1. Miles Brown — 27
2. Sky Brown — 26
3. Jason Maybaum — 25
3. Mackenzie Ziegler — 25
5. Mandla Morris — 23
6. Ariana Greenblatt — 22
7. Alana Thompson — 21 (ELIMINATED)
7. Akash Vukoti — 21

Final Predictions Contest Results:

Who will be eliminated? Alana Thompson

Who will get the judges’ HIGHEST score? Miles Brown (27 out of 30)

Who will get the judges’ LOWEST score? Alana Thompson and Akash Vukoti (21 out of 30)

How many 10s will the judges give out? Zero

Which judge will give the MOST points? Mandy Moore (65)

Which judge will give the FEWEST points? Adam Rippon (62)

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