Dancing With the Stars Week 7 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

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With the help of a terrifying clown mask, some freaky colored contact lenses and a weirdly erotic sound bite from Julianne Hough, Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars succeeded in being scary.

But it wasn’t exactly scary good.

In fact, a whole hour went by before contestants started turning in above-average performances, and even then, only one pair impressed the judges enough to earn a perfect score. (Shocker of shockers: It was Bindi and Derek.)

The addition of two excellent team dances was still enough to make the evening a graveyard smash, but in the seventh week of the competition, Monday’s Halloween-themed outing fell just shy of expectations. With that said, let’s rank each of the evening’s performances, with 15 words (or less) of commentary:

10. Nick Carter and pro Sharna Burgess (Argentine Tango) — Sexy, passionate and thoroughly entertaining — but did it include much “Argentine tango” choreography? Judges’ Score: 24/30

9. Tamar Braxton and pro Val Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot) — Nothing like an overconfident pre-performance video package to practically ensure a lackluster, out-of-sync routine. Judges’ Score: 24/30

8. Hayes Grier and pro Emma Slater (Waltz) — A perfectly lovely and elegant routine… but difficult to remember, aside from the facial hair. Judges’ Score: 26/30

7. Alek Skarlatos and pro Lindsay Arnold (Viennese Waltz) — Artem’s advice seemed to help immensely, but Alek still suffers from Blank Face Syndrome. Judges’ Score: 25/30

6. Andy Grammer and pro Allison Holker (Paso Doble) — Andy’s movements were more choppy than elegant, but he remained seductive throughout. (Just ask Julianne.) Judges’ Score: 26/30

5. Alexa PenaVega and pro Mark Ballas (Paso Doble) — Alexa redeemed herself after last week, but seemed a tad frantic in her motions. Judges’ Score: 27/30

4. Carlos PenaVega and pro Witney Carson (Paso Doble) — Even with a half-masked face, Carlos brought intensity and intention to every step. Judges’ Score: 29/30

3. Bindi Irwin and pro Derek Hough (Argentine Tango) — Most polished and crisp choreography of the night, though Bindi’s too sweet to play evil. Judges’ Score: 30/30

2. Team Who Ya Gonna Call? — Fun and recognizable Ghostbusters theme, but the team seemed just nervous enough to get sloppy. Judges’ Score: 28/30

1. Team Nightmare — Concept was original, choreography was intricate — and who doesn’t like a good Beetlejuice Nightmare Before Christmas (thanks, briarswt!) homage? Judges’ Score: 30/30

And now, the results — which may disappoint those of you who check Vine multiple times per day:

Hayes Grier and pro Emma Slater
Tamar Braxton and pro Val Chmerkovskiy
Alexa PenaVega and pro Mark Ballas

Hayes Grier and pro Emma Slater

Your turn! Did Hayes and Emma deserve to get the boot? Which Halloween routine was your favorite? Hit the comments!