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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Recap: Horror Night Earns Two Couples Perfect Scores

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Dancing with the Stars Horror Night saw some terrifying performances and touching family moments. The stars and pros alike seemed to be having the time of their life. From It to American Psycho, each performance paid homage to a different iconic horror film. Two couples earned perfect scores tonight as standout performers continued to slay the ballroom.

First of all, hair and make-up get a 10 out of 10 this week for the jaw-dropping Halloween costumes. I mean, the Miz and Witney were unrecognizable in their Hellraiser getups. Not to mention the amount of fake blood used on the set. Judge Bruno Tonioli said it best: “Your dry cleaning bill will be horrendous!”

Who knew the haunting Halloween-themed night would also be filled with so many family connections. Witney and Mike the Miz met at his home to have a pumpkin painting afternoon with their families, JoJo Siwa and Melora Hardin’s families each joined during rehearsals to cheer on their stars, and Jimmie Allen got emotional during a dance inspired by his three children. What started out as a spooky night turned into a family-oriented rollercoaster.

Judge Derek Hough also jumped back on the ballroom floor for his first performance this season. He was joined by his girlfriend Hayley Erbert and a team of spooky dancers crawling toward the camera and around the room.

JoJo Siwa, Iman Shumpert Earn Perfect Scores for Horror Night

Last week, JoJo and professional partner Jenna Johnson were the first couple of the season to earn perfect scores. The two recreated that magic tonight with their unnerving jazz performance to “Anything Goes” by District 78 ft. Patrice Covington, which was inspired by the movie and book It.

JoJo was dressed as an uncanny Pennywise while Jenna wore a yellow raincoat. The two looked like a pair of professional dancers together with acrobatics, synchronized moves, and a truly impressive lift on JoJo’s part.

The second perfect score of the night, and the first this season awarded to a couple other than JoJo and Jenna, went to none other than Basketball Pro, Iman Shumpert. He and professional partner Daniella Karagach blew everyone away with their terrifying performance inspired by the film US.

By the end of the dance, Hough literally jumped on the table in support, while the rest of the ballroom gave a standing ovation.

“This is what I came on the show for,” Iman said. “For a challenge, to get critiqued. You know, I like challenges, I like to improve myself in any way I can. I appreciate the tens.”

Kenya Moore Once Again Lands in the Bottom Two

Despite massive improvement last week, Kenya Moore and professional partner Brandon Armstrong found themselves once again in the bottom two. This was the third time in that position, and it seems third strike got them out.

Despite their daring performance to “Take My Breath” by The Weeknd in tribute to Arachnophobia, the pair only earned a score of 32 out of 40, the lowest of the night. Their low scores made voting easy on the judges who decided to save gymnast Suni Lee.

Suni and her partner Sasha Farber dance a Tango to “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran inspired by the show The Vampire Diaries and the judges seemed surprised to see her in the bottom. The judges scored them 36 out of 40 after their performance, so this was an unanimous decision when it came to who to save.

“This has been a dream come true,” Kenya said after her elimination. She thanked her partner Brandon for all of his work this season as well as the judges and her fellow celebrity dancers.

Dancing with the Stars will return next Monday for a tribute night to the music of Queen where each of the nine remaining pairs will dance, so Don’t Stop Them Now.

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