'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Week 7 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Week 7 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Happy Halloween!

While children around the country are rambling from home to home in search of sugary goodness (and possibly in search of naughty pranks), we instead turn our attention to Dancing with the Stars, a place easily as surreal and bizarrely-costumed as any haunted house. Whose dancing will be a fright tonight? Which couple will scare up a win? How many Halloween puns can fit into a single recap? How cool is it that episode 13 of Dancing with the Stars season 13 is on Halloween?

All of your answers are here!

I should probably first point out that this week's Dancing with the Stars performance show will be delayed by half an hour -- to 8:30pm -- in order to accommodate special Halloween programming. If you tune in between 8 and 8:30, there will be a Shrek holiday cartoon. But there might also be some brief clips of live footage from the DWTS studios, so the holiday special just might be worth it.

But probably not. Instead, we suggest you spend your extra time perusing the stats for the remaining dancers and playing the new BuddyTV Dancing with the Stars personality quiz.  That's a much better choice.

With that in mind, here are the standings going into Dancing with the Stars week 7:

  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 153 points total
  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 152 points
  • Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 132 points
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 132 points
  • David Arquette and Kym Johnson: 131 points
  • Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus: 125 points

Basically, J.R. and Ricki are still battling it out for the lead, and the other four couples are smashed up together further down the leader board.

It's anyone's competition to win, so let's get to Dancing with the Stars, Halloween-style!

Hey, there's some show on right now! Basically it's some moody backstage stuff. Unfortunately, someone thought it would be a good idea to make Brooke Burke talk in a "scary" voice. The result? Monotone.

On the other hand, if that was actually Nancy Grace's scream, I'm impressed.

Why are the twins from The Shining at Dancing with the Stars? Any chance they can take out Brooke while they're there?

The judges seem to be giving the Halloween bits a round of 6s. That seems generous to me.

One note on the Shrek special I am otherwise avoiding. This is not new. I saw it last year. And now I'm watching it again. Sigh...

OK, I admit it, "Dead from Hollywood" made me giggle. It's going to be hard to maintain any semblance of a straight face throughout this night. Even if Tom "Boogeron" keeps himself to a minimum.

The band is made up of zombies. The judges are skeletons. Improvement?

If I were more ambitious, I would try to keep track of the puns and stupid Halloween jokes. But I'm not. Instead, here's the first dance!

David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Dancing the cha cha 

My Comments: A vampire cha cha? Why not? For once, David's footwork looks very good. He's giving a more-restrained performance than the usual. There may have been some missed steps toward the middle, but David is doing a good job keeping it solid throughout. Still, not the most exciting dance, even from this specific dancer. To totally change the subject, Kym looks a lot like Karina Smirnoff in that outfit. 

Judges' Comments
Len: "Lots of tricks and lots of treats!" "Overall, I'll tell you what, well done to you."
Bruno: "David, you've got the prestige my darling. You're a natural at turning tricks!"
Carrie Ann: "David, you're improvement is phenomenal." "You could be a little more consistent..."

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Ummm... What did Bruno say to Carrie Ann there?

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the tango 

My Comments: Is there actually a giant spider on the stage, or is that some weird special effect? Either way, they had to have broken the budget on that. Also, yay! Theme from Ghostbusters! Wow. Good job, DWTS producers! You actually found J.R. briefly being aggressive and stuff. And then they hug. There are coffins on the stage. Of course. I totally expected Karina to be in one of them. Despite the rather insane distraction of Karina's dress (and the awesome but probably inappropriate music), the dance still looks good. It's not as flourish-filled a dance as some they've done, but it still looks good. And at least Karina ended the dance in that coffin. 

Judges' Comments
Len: "For me, this performance was substandard for what I expect from you."
Bruno: "Bewitched! Conquered! And swept away by the ghostly beauty!" "You actually lost it a few times."
Carrie Ann: "I think you captured the tone of this piece perfectly." "You were very still precise and sharp without being overbearing."

Scores: 9+8+8 = 25

A "disappointing" dance for them is a 25? Yeah, they're OK.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Dancing the jive 

My Comments: "Happy" Nancy seems kind of cool. I wish she didn't base her normal TV persona on being angry. So we're going with a devil thing here? Also, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" may count as the song I least expected to hear paired with a jive. Nancy isn't keeping up as well as she has in the past in this one. Honestly, combined with the music, Nancy's performance reminds me of line-dancing or a hoedown. Not a bad dance by any means but far from her best.

Judges' Comments
Len: "Certain dances suit you and certain dances don't... For me, this wasn't a good dance for you."
Bruno: "Either the Devil got you or your shoes are too small." "You're suitably devilish, but the footing was devilish as well."
Carrie Ann: "You sort of lost your choreography a couple of times."

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Carson Kressley will be back tomorrow? Carson Kressley will be back tomorrow! Can we just get him hired as a co-host now?

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the tango 

My Comments: Is fear what you need to get a 10? The Addams Family may be the best theme for a tango ever, by the way. Gomez and Morticia were totally tango types. Rob looks slightly stiff when spinning Cheryl, but otherwise, he's impressively in character for the theme and for the dance. The cute little run at the end of the dance was a wee bit off-putting, but that's probably not a huge fault. That was quite fun.

Judges' Comments
Len: "Well done! I'll tell you what, I think you did a terrific job."
Bruno: "You've never been so manly and in control!" "You've got to keep your bum under you!"
Carrie Ann: "My favorite part is how you started dancing with Morticia, but by the end, she was Cousin Itt."

Scores: 9+8+8 = 25

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Dancing the paso doble 

My Comments: Uh oh. Hurt Ricki! Considering what Ricki is wearing, I'm almost expecting a wolf to snatch her away (a la Grimm last week). But no -- it's just Derek. Derek is cuter than a wolf anyway. Even hurt, Ricki is doing an impressive job out on that dance floor. She's moving fast and with precision. This is actually a beautiful dance -- very fast and entertaining. 

Judges' Comments
Len: "Those shapes that you made are fantastic. Lovely crisp, precise footwork."
Bruno: "It was like a blizzard of passion and fear! In the frozen woods!" "At times, you tensed the shoulders a little bit."
Carrie Ann: "Your shaping is just so gorgeous."

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

Maybe David Arquette should dance with a skeleton all of the time? That was an awesome addition to the background of another dull Brooke interview.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the samba

My Comments: OK, enough with the rehashing of last week's Maks-Len showdown. It was awkward the first time... Of the pros, Maks would indeed make the best werewolf. This dance is fast and looks quite precise. They're also having some fun, which is pleasant. Still, Hope doesn't necessarily look like she's in the same dance as Maks. Her expression is cheerful but not there. It's weird, because she's obviously concentrating. She just doesn't look like it.

Judges' Comments
Len: "You coped well with a very difficult dance."
Bruno: "You are running away from the Big Bad Wolf, and you were dancing as if your life depended on it."
Carrie Ann: "This was better than that Toy Story dance. There's this new-found ease of motion."

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Team Tango
Danced by David, Kym, J.R., Karina, Nancy and Tristan  

My Comments: Awww... Nancy was picked last. And then she makes a big pumpkin mess in the rehearsal space. As for the dance set, wow. Very wow. That's a little insane. The dancers are impressively in sync at the beginning. Nancy didn't quite keep up with Tristan in her solo, but she recovered quite well. There seems to be something odd about the way that David is standing in his solo. It's like that straightjacket is actually impeding his movements. J.R. and Karina managed to start off with some rather extreme sexiness -- something lacking from the other dancers. Overall, a very good group dance.

Judges' Comments
Len: "Each one of the individual performances was a disaster."
Bruno: "Once you took individually to the dance floor, everybody had a mistake."
Carrie Ann: "I thought you started out extremely well." "Your shoulders were a little high..." "It was overall very nice."

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23

Team Paso Doble
Danced by Rob, Cheryl, Ricki, Derek, Hope and Maks

My Comments: They really do have a lot of insanely attractive men on that team. Apparently, Derek is the angel to Maks' devil. With those hoods, are the men supposed to be executioners? All of that fog and weird lighting makes it awfully tough to see the details. It's certainly very dramatic. Harder to distinctly notice parts than it was in the tango. Rob and Cheryl looked good with what I could see. Hope and Maks' part looked to be a lot of Maks and a little bit of Hope. Although there's plenty of Derek in it, Ricki looked nice in her solo. Poor Rob looked awfully out-of-his-element when whipping that cape around.

Judges' Comments
Len: "Your individual parts were fantastic."
Bruno: "Building to a fantastic ending! It was fabulous to see everybody going for it!"
Carrie Ann: "You guys were in sync with your cape work!"

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26

And that's that. Time for trick-or-treating!

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Which performance was your favorite tonight? Did anyone surprise you? Who is in the most danger of going home? Did the Halloween puns get overwhelming? Leave your comments below!
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