"DWTS" Week 7: Ballroom Spooktacular

October 27, 2014

It’s Halloween week, which means…”Dancing with the Stars” is doing things that make us miss Wade Robson’s Ramalama (Bang Bang).

I know, I know—sorry to get sidetracked in the “So You Think You Can Dance” universe during what is ostensibly a “DWTS” recap. But the over-the-top zombie hair and makeup, tattered-chic costumes and spookily spastic choreography in Mandy Moore’s fun opening number last night were giving me Robson flashbacks in the best way possible. (COME BACK TO US, WADE.)

The narrative of the Halloween Night episode of “DWTS” centered on the dreaded team dance, which divided the remaining star-pro partnerships into Team Itsy Bitsy and Team Creepy. And there was an extra twist: All the members of Team Creepy were up for elimination. (Way to stack the deck there, “DWTS.”)

Derek Hough’s “Black Widow” freestyle for the Itsy Bitsys—Bethany Mota, Michael Waltrip, Lea Thompson, Janel Parrish and their partners—was legitimately great, to the extent that I occasionally had a hard time distinguishing the stars from the pros. (Also, I love the heck out of that song, which never hurts.) The Creepys—Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Tommy Chong and their pros—gave it their all in a high-energy number to “The Time Warp” from that old Halloween favorite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But let’s be honest: Any group that includes Tommy Chong is at an immediate disadvantage (sorry, Tommy—love you!). Team Itsy Bitsy ended up outscoring Team Creepy 36-32.

In the non-team portion of the night, Bethany, Janel and (as always) Alfonso all gave strong performances. Note to America: Please, please stop putting Alfonso in the elimination danger zone. He’s fantastic! His wife’s going to have another baby! He gave the world the Carlton Dance! SAVE CARLTON!

Ahem. Anyway, at the end of the night, it was Antonio Sabato, Jr. who was sent packing. Domo arigato, Mr. Sabato. I’ll miss your abs you.

What did you all think of last night’s episode? Did Team Itsy Bitsy earn its victory? Who’s going home next week? Should everyone just chill out with the guyliner for a while (YES)? Let us know in the comments!