How’s this for scary: Judge Len Goodman started the night in a casket!
It was an appropriate opening because the returning judge had to help sound the death knell for Antonio Sabato Jr.
No matter how many times the soap star went shirtless under the mirror ball this season, he and partner Cheryl Burke just couldn’t keep the judges, or viewers, happy.
“I danced with one of the best in the world,” Sabato Jr. said. “It’s all about the fans and that’s why I am here.”
Here’s how the rest of the night played out:
Sabato Jr. and Burke. The actor performed a dramatic Viennese waltz but the judges weren’t moved. “It makes me uncomfortable to watch you,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “It was a bit hectic at times,” added Goodman. Score: 27 out of 40
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. There’s so much of the quickstep for the ol’ boy to remember, but he still charmed to “That Old Black Magic.” “Tommy, you did it again!” said judge Julianne Hough. “I’m telling you those kicks, that’s hard.” “Surprisingly, you were quite good and whole,” added judge Bruno Tonioli. Score: 28
Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev. Their Argentine tango showed off her sexy, fishnet-covered gams that tripped the light fantastic after two weeks of ho-hum scores. “You stick it every single time,” said Hough. “Very clean, very precise, a great number,” added Goodman. Score: 34
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. The YouTube star – or was that Maleficent? – pulled off an extraordinary paso doble amid a fancy stage production with drums and lots of flowing red curtains. “You became flawless,” said Inaba. “The dance got a bit lost in the whole production for me,” added Goodman. Score: 39
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater. The jive proved too challenging for the racecar driver, who drove his partner to tears during rehearsals over fears she was failing him. “On driving terms, you are running on empty now,” said Goodman. “You’ve broken the record of being off time,” added Tonioli. Score: 20
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. The actress danced a fairly flawless Viennese waltz to the theme song of her hit ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars, though it didn’t thrill the judges. “The only thing I was truly missing was a proper Viennese waltz,” said Hough. “The Halloween thing got away from you a little bit.” Score: 31
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. The actor performed a gorgeous rumba after an injury-laden rehearsal that prompted Carson to humorously offer her partner a “snack.” “Full of content,” said Tonioli. “You were taking care of your woman!” “I am so impressed,” added Inaba. Score: 36
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. There were lots of zombies and skirt-fluffing in this dramatic paso doble that came with its own undead dancing troupe. “The theme of the dance got in the way,” harrumphed Goodman. “You all lost the reason for the competition.” Score: 30
Team Itsy Bitsy. Parrish, Thompson and Moto shined despite a few missteps by Waltrip – not that the judges cared. “You killed that number!” said Tonioli. “You didn’t make anyone look bad,” added Inaba, speaking to Waltrip. Score: 36
Team Creepy. Ribeiro, Sabato Jr., Chong and Robertson danced the “Time Warp.” “I like this performance better,” said Inaba. “I thought it was very unique.” “It was full of individual personalities,” added Goodman. Score: 32