'Dancing with the Stars' season 27 recap: Spooky Halloween Night ends with two perfect scores and Mary Lou Retton going home
Even the possibility of a double elimination couldn't tone down all the spooky Halloween-vibes that the star contestants of this season brought to the dance floor.
It was Halloween Night on ABC's hit reality show, 'Dancing with the Stars' season 27 and just like we had expected, week six was every bit as spooky as the theme of the night promised it would be! While there was no magical Disney bliss in the air ensuring that none of the contestants went home, unlike last episode, even the possibility of a double elimination couldn't tone down all the festive fall and spooky Halloween-vibes that the star contestants of this season brought to the dance floor.
Kicking off the episode was a spine-chilling opening number featuring the stars and pros dancing to a twist on the Halloween perennial 'Purple People Eater', choreographed by the show’s own Emmy-winning Mandy Moore. This was followed by a shockingly good performance from 'Dancing with the Stars: Live!,' featuring the tour cast — Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savacheko, Artem Chigvintsev, Alan Bersten, Sasha Farber, Brandon Armstrong, Hayley Erbert and Britt Stewart.
Other brilliant guest performances included the Jabbawockeez, who performed the most horrifyingly entertaining dance. Billed as one of the country’s best hip-hop dance groups, the Jabbawockeez are best known for their signature white masks and synchronized dancing, which all comes together with their unique brand of humor. And as an added bonus tonight, was 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' DJ and dance icon Stephen “tWitch” Boss who choreographed and danced a delightfully eerie number based on a music video from Freeform’s '31 Nights of Halloween', with his spectacular dancers, including his wife and former 'Dancing with the Stars' pro, Allison Holker.
But of course, it had to be the spook-tacular performances of the night that kept both audience and viewers, including judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli at the edge of their seats. Starting off the star-contestants' performances, was what could be called the 'wow' moment of the night, as Zombies actor, Milo Manheim turned into a zombie along with his pro partner, Witney Carson for their Contemporary to 'Toxic' by 2WEI. What's better? Milo's sheer brilliance on the dance floor, which only elevated him from last weeks second scoring spot to this week's highest scores, already - aka a whopping 30 out of 30!
Following them was John Schnieder and pro, Emma Slater. And despite their extreme efforts and wild, wild costumes, somehow their dance failed to impress the judges, to the point that Carrie Ann felt it was one of their roughest performances ever. The couple earned a total of 19 out of 30 for their pasodoble on Danny Elfman's iconic "Main Titles" theme song from 'Beetlejuice.'
The third performance of the night was by former NFL pro, DeMarcus Ware, and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold, as the duo brought to the stage some sexy cemetery action through their Salsa to "Under Your Spell" by Leo Soul. Their extremely fun, and energetic performance ended up earning them a solid 26 out of 30.
Up next was Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe's sexy, sultry, passionate tango to "Disturbia" by Rihanna. Bringing out her fierce, raunchy side, it was also impossible to tell Evanna from her catsuit-clad avatar. She was a whole new woman on the stage and the judges adored her performance enough for the duo to land a whopping 29 out of 30.
All this time, we had known radio host and personality, Boby Bones as somewhat the chirpy, jovial man-child whose excitement just couldn't stay within limits when it came to his performances on DWTS so far. So when he tried to seduce his pro-partner, Sharna Burgess, via an Argentine tango to a rather disturbing cover of "Mr. Sandman," SYML, it was a spook-tacular surprise! Judge Carrie Ann thought this was Bobby's best performance so far, and the duo ended up scoring 22 out of 30.
Mary Lou Retton recently opened up about her painful divorce, and she did get emotional on stage, getting candid about the news too. But soon she donned the demeanor of a demon teacher and startled audience, alongside her pro partner, Sasha Farber, as the two put together a spicy hot Tango to "Shame" by Elle King. Maybe it was the makeup, or just the pure content of the routine, but the two of them grabbed a solid 24 out of 30 from the judges!
If this season of DWTS has established one thing, it's the rock solid chemistry between model Alexis Ren and her pro-partner Aan Bersten. And this performance only proved further why rumors of a brewing romance between the two are so hot and heavy right now. Their Jazz to "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera was off the charts, no doubt. Highly deserving of the brilliant 27 out of 30, aka the second highest score of the night!
Next up was 'Grocery store' Joe Amabile and pro partner, Jenna Johnson's Argentine tango set to "El Tango de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge, which surprisingly emerged to show Joe as one of the most perfect Frankensteins ever! With his skills much improved this week, the duo ended up scoring 22 out of 30, which is their highest score on the show till date!
Finally, there was Juan Pablo De Pace with some exemplary skills, other than just dancing. Juan became the first ever DWTS contestant to design his own costume for the night and as he and pro Cheryl Burke performed their Egyptian-themed jive to "Dead Man's Party" by Atwater Men's Club, the two left pretty much everyone speechless. Yet, the best was yet to come, and that arrived as the perfect score for the couple, with them bagging the golden 30 out of 30 for their stellar performance.
In the end, there was yet another scary round of eliminations, where Mary Lou Retton and Alexis Ren ended up (yes, again!) Sadly, however, it was Mary Lou and pro Sasha who went home tonight.