Dancing with the Stars Celebrates Halloween! We Ranked All of the Night’s …

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Recap: Dancing With the Stars “Halloween” Season 21, Episode 7.

The teary-eyed teen bid farewell to the Mirror Ball on a Halloween-themed night, which showed just how much pressure was brewing as the middle point of competition passed. “[Dancing has] samba walks, rumba walks, cha-cha walks,” she says. “You literally start with the weight transfer from foot to foot and how [a star] can move.” Burgess, in her sixth season as a “DWTS” pro, has made it past that stage this season with her partner, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Reigning leader-board queen Bindi Irwin held onto her top spot, while American hero Alex Skarlatos landed in last place — but nowhere near jeopardy, thanks to viewer votes. Now the two can move on to harder routines, and Burgess can experiment more as a choreographer. “Around halfway, you see your celeb really start to grow, regardless of their dance experience,” she says. “They have muscle memory; things are clicking for them.

The edgy pro, Ballas, dreamed up an “Edward Scissorhands” performance straight out of Tim Burton’s imagination, and the kooky number was a hit with the judges. Season 17 semi-finalist Leah Rimini is still filling in for Erin Andrews while she covers the World Series, and at the end of the night, we’ll say goodbye to another couple based on the combined judges’ scores and viewer’s votes from last week’s “Famous Dances” performances. They achieved what judge Carrie Ann Inaba sought: showing the essence of an iconic dance while adding the appropriate elements to the assigned style. “It was really difficult to find a balance between paying tribute and trying to give the judges enough of a dance to judge,” Burgess says.

While other stars have slipped and slowly climbed back, the wild-life conversationist remains the only contestant who has kept up her high scores, no matter the performance. She watched the movie, chose some of her favorite scenes and thought about what would work best for Carter. “I almost picked what the most iconic shots were and then worked around that. Then I would think, ‘I could fill in here with a little samba.’” As a musician who has toured for years, Carter comes to “DWTS” with a sense of musicality. This week’s dance is done to a song that is both haunting and powerful and is well suited to an Argentine Tango. (Sadly, the singer butchered it!) This week, Hayes is a werewolf, and he gets to sprout facialhair for the first time in his baby-faced life.

Hayes and Emma weren’t the only ones who had to wait until the end to hear their fate – so did Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy as well as Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas. Some thought he would be the first one voted off, but he made it to the halfway point with routines that had him portraying everything from a postman to a Mad Hatter. The song was spooky and really haunting and Emma had a really beautiful fall into Hayes’ arms, but it’s hard to compare this slow and restrained dance to home of the night’s higher-octane dances.

The calendar says the night of costumes, candy and commercialism won’t happen until Saturday, but that doesn’t stop “DWTS” from celebrating a few days early. She says she turned their dances into acting exercises and made the movement secondary. “What scene can I have Andy play this week?” she would wonder. Since Bindi Irwin and Nick Carter are the top two contestants for the season in terms of judges’ points, they serve as team captains and picked their teammates after the Oct. 19 show.

Army veteran and double amputee. “I realized what I was capable of in thinking outside the box” – and such creativity and choreography got them to the finals. Last week, Tamar knocked it out of the park with a perfect re-imagination of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” and this week, Val has challenged his partner to give 100% in practice so they can find a new level in the performance. And Tamar throws down the gauntlet, calling herself “the best dancer in the competition.” I love the creepy carnival feeling of this dance, and Tamar looks awesome in her costume. Although “DWTS” teaches its stars about rumbas and paso dobles, Burgess says, “This is a TV competition, after all, and they do want to see people under stress and challenged.” Viewers will see Burgess and Carter take on two Halloween-themed dances Monday, an individual number and a team dance – Team Nightmare – of which he is captain. He isn’t bothered: “That’s a good thing. … People have a hard time giving me the real because I’m a Backstreet Boy and all these things.” We see Nick studying on a plane on a quick trip to New York and then practicing, exhausted, in California less than two days later.

This is a very slowed-down version of the Evanescence song, previously used in an electric paso doble in season 10 with Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya. And the pressure is on because as Hayes pointed out, “if you screw up, you’re not only messing up for yourself.” Carlos and Witney are doing a lift on an IO Hawk-like device. After the team dances, and Tom teases Derek that this is the first team dance that he’s lost, and then announces that Hayes & Emma, Tamar & Val and Alexa & Mark are in jeopardy. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00pm, ET/5:00pm, PT and closing at 8:00pm, ET/5:00pm, PT on Tuesday evenings.

He’s taking from the “Edward Scissorhands” playbook, which allows him to indulge in his love of over-the-top makeup and costuming. (Is every week like Halloween for Mark?) Mark and Alexa revisit their in-jeopardy visit last week and reaffirm their partnership and connection. Julianne agrees with Bruno in that Andy’s top and bottom halves were weird, but she also says it was “weird but awesome.” Score: 26 (Carrie Ann 9, Julianne 9, Bruno 8).

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