November 1st, 2011
12:36 PM ET
Welcome back to the show whose episodes are generally shorter than Kim Kardashian's recent marriage, "Dancing with the Stars!"
Last night, the six remaining couples paid tribute to Halloween, with hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet promising the "scariest things you will ever see." From the band dressed as zombies to skeletons sitting in the judges' chairs, the show was trying a tad too hard to be spooky.
David Arquette was our first celebrity up, and he was dressed like the magician that performed at a friend's fifth birthday party more than three decades ago.
The highlight of that magician's routine was watching him throw a fit when he realized he locked his keys and rabbit in his car. I hoped David could do much better with his cha-cha.
David looked to be having fun on the dance floor, even performing a few illusions to the delight of the crowd. But he looked a tad slow and clunky at times, and one has to wonder if the judges will catch him on that.
Carrie Ann Inaba complimented David for being one of the most improved dancers of the competition, but warned that he needed to practice his rhythm and footwork.
David Arquette: 24/30 (Carrie Ann Inaba 8, Len Goodman 8, Bruno Tonioli 8 )
J.R. Martinez was our next celebrity up, performing a tango to "Ghostbusters." J.R. looks dressed for the part, while pro partner Karina Smirnoff opted to go for the Lady Gaga look.
As is the case every week, J.R. looked smooth and precise on the dance floor, staying in position for most of the routine. But the dance didn't seem to have that "wow" factor that delighted the judges and fans in previous weeks.
Judge Len Goodman said the performance was "substandard" to what he expected, adding that there was too much emphasis on pizzazz. Carrie Ann Inaba noted that J.R. and Karina looked out of sync at one point.
J.R. Martinez: 25/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
HLN's Nancy Grace was the next celebrity up to the plate, and she again tried to perform a difficult dance to keep her alive in the competition. Can Nancy handle a fast jive to an even faster song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"?
Unfortunately, no. The HLN legal eagle gave it her all, and she was clearly having a blast on the dance floor, but Nancy and pro partner Tristan MacManus seemed to be on different wavelengths throughout the routine, and the quick footwork appeared to confuse Nancy.
Carrie Ann said the dance lacked choreography, while Len called the routine disappointing.
Nancy Grace: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)
We're now up to Rob Kardashian, who was probably thrilled that he has one less Christmas card to write this year. He danced a tango to "The Addams Family" theme, and Rob notes that the fictional family may be just as kooky as the Kardashians. I won't touch that with a 10-foot pole.
Rob and pro partner Cheryl Burke definitely delivered in their routine, with a performance that seemed to outpace J.R. at times.
Carrie Ann called the dance Rob's best of the season, while Bruno Tonioli liked the fact that Rob was leading more. Nevertheless, the judges gave Rob the same score as J.R., even though Rob performed the stronger tango. No, I don't get it either.
Rob Kardashian: 25/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
Ricki Lake was up next to take on the paso doble, but she spent most of practice week dealing with an inflamed nerve in her chest. But "quit" is not in her vocabulary, so she bandaged herself up and performed.
Ricki moved exceptionally well during her routine, wowing the crowd with some dips that would prove difficult with the injury she's dealing with.
Bruno called the routine a "blizzard of passion and fear," which I believe means he liked it.
Ricki Lake: 27/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 9, Tonioli 9 )
Hope Solo has the last individual dance, and she's performing a samba to "Werewolves of London." Pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy did not come out dressed like a foot targeting Len Goodman's fanny, which greatly disappointed me.
Maksim continued to look perturbed during and after the routine, no doubt fueled by a pre-dance video package that showed him yelling, swearing and acting like an idiot toward Hope during practice time. Nevertheless, Hope stepped up her game from last week's poor performance, while Maksim held his own despite a painful toe injury.
Carrie Ann said that Hope looked to be finally having fun on the dance floor, while Len complimented the soccer star for handling a difficult routine.
Hope Solo: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli)
It's now time for the team dance, where squads of three couples face off in a dance battle. Points earned in his dance are added to the celebrities' individual totals.
The showdown pitted "Team Tango" (J.R., David and Nancy) against "Team Paso Doble" (Ricki, Rob and Hope). Both teams worked well while dancing in groups, but Team Paso Doble excelled once the couples performed on their own. All three judges noted that while Team Paso Doble delivered when it counted, Team Tango goofed up in their individual routines.
Team Tango: 23/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 7, Tonioli 8 )
Team Paso Doble: 26/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 8, Tonioli 9)
What did you think of last night's "Dancing With the Stars"? Who do you think will be eliminated next?
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