'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Bethany Mota Tops The Leaderboard; Antonio Sabato Jr. Sent Home
Dancing with the Stars’ Halloween Night featured performances by the final eight couples, team dances and the return of Len Goodman.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
First up on Monday night was Tommy Chong, who took on a quickstep with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. Rehearsals reveal that Tommy’s age is finally becoming a factor, as he has having some difficulty learning two dances. However, his performance in the ballroom dance was more than capable and the judges were all impressed. Scores: 7+7+7+7=28
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev had the Argentine tango this week. Fresh off some disappointing scores, Lea felt some added pressure to nail her routine this week, which she did. Julianne Hough noted that she is a precise dancer who is always hitting her moves. However, the judges were looking to see a bit more chemistry and personality in the routine. Scores: 8+8+9+9=34
Derek Hough was duly impressed by his partner Bethany Mota last week and wanted to take her to the next level with the Paso Doble this week. The theatrical performance featured a troupe of drummers and the men in cult-like red hoods. Len Goodman was the lone voice on the judges panel that acknowledged that there wasn’t enough dancing. Scores: 10+9+10+10=39
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke were tasked with wowing with a Viennese Waltz. The ballroom dance was clean enough, but once again Antonio didn't seem to be fully investing himself in the process or on the dancefloor. Despite his capable technique, the judges – particularly Carrie Ann Inaba – were far from impressed with his performance. Scores: 6+7+7+7=27
Michael Waltrip, who has a sense that he may have stayed past his welcome on the dancing show, had to kick it up a notch with a jive routine choreographed by Emma Slater. Knowing that the dance wouldn't be up to snuff, Slater turned on the gimmicks by putting the NASCAR driver in a cowboy costume and dressing skimpy herself. The judges didn't enjoy the performance at all. Scores: 5+5+5+5=20
Dancing a Viennese Waltz was Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy, appropriately set to the eerie Pretty Little Liars theme song. The routine was entertaining and had the perfect mood for the song and the Halloween theme. However, the judges felt that Val didn’t incorporate enough traditional Viennese Waltz into the routine. Scores: 8+7+8+8= 31
Alfonso Ribeiro, who topped the Leaderboard last week, took on a Rumba with Witney Carson. Despite the injuries plagueing both of them, they were determined to maintain their top spot. Doing away with gimmicks of past weeks, Carson put together a classic rumba that pleased all of the judges. Carrie even claims, “The magic is happening.” Scores: 9+9+9+9=36
Performing the second Paso Doble of the night was Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. The dance was set in a graveyard with Sadie playing a little girl lost in the cemetery, while Mark was a zombie intent on haunting her. The judges didn’t think that Sadie mastered the hard dancing required to make a Paso Doble work and didn’t like Mark’s choreography. Scores: 7+7+8+8=30
Team Itsy Bitsy with Bethany, Janel, Lea, Michael and their pro partners performed a hip-hop style routine choreographed by Derek Hough. Scores: 9+9+9+9=36. Creep du Soliel with Alfonso, Sadie, Antonio and Tommy, took on a routine with their pros set to “Time Warp.” Scores: 8+8+8+8=36
After all of the performances were completed it was revealed that Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke were going home. Next week on Dancing with the Stars will be Dynamic Duos Night.