Dancing With the Stars may have had a happy ending with no elimination during last week’s Disney Night, but Halloween Night was a haunting good time. The remaining nine contestants donned their best costumes and scary dance moves in honor of the spooky holiday.
There were a couple treats in a night full of tricks. First was Milo Manheim’s perfect performance. The Disney Channel star scored three "10s" for his asylum-inspired contemporary dance with pro partner Witney Carson. Dressed in a straight jacket and striking white contacts, Manheim played an insane patient falling for his sadistic nurse, to the eerie tune of "Toxic" by 2WEI.
Len Goodman, wearing a Dracula costume, called their contemporary routine "spellbinding." Dressed up as Morticia Addams, Carrie Ann Inaba said Manheim was "absolutely in control," while Bruno Tonioli raved it was "mind-bending."
Manheim set the bar high at the beginning of the show, but Juan Pablo Di Pace ended the night with a perfect score of his own. Dressed in a costume he designed himself, the Argentinean actor danced an Egyptian-themed jive to "Dead Man’s Party" by Atwater Men’s Club, alongside pro partner Cheryl Burke.
Inaba called the performance "sheer perfection." Tonioli said, "I bow to thee, your majesty," while Goodman noted he "saw nothing I didn’t like." This marks the second time Di Pace has earned a perfect score this season, following his samba on Most Memorable Year Night during Week 3.
Meanwhile, a showmance is brewing! Alexis Ren revealed in a video package that she is "developing feelings" for her pro dancing partner Alan Bertsen. "And I didn’t see this one coming. But it happened really quickly though, so I think I’m still trying to process it." Bersten’s reaction? "Sitting next to Alexis on the couch and her telling me how she feels, my emotions were all over the place. You know, it was a lot to take in." He too acknowledged that the duo has "really strong chemistry." "I want to be 100 percent certain before I tell her how I’m feeling. I have a lot to think about," he added.
After all the performances, co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews revealed two couples in danger of going home: Mary Lou Retton and pro Sasha Farber and Alexis Ren and pro Alan Bersten.
Ultimately, Retton was given her walking papers. She performed a school-themed tango to "Shame" by Elle King, earning a 24 out of 30. Before her routine, the Olympic athlete opened up about her painful divorce from husband Shannon Kelley.
"This has been the time of my life. I hadn’t challenged myself in decades, and now I challenged myself," Retton said after being eliminated. "I’m off to a fresh new start."
Retton is the fifth woman in a row to be sent home, the first time this has happened in DWTS history.
Here’s a breakdown of how the other celebs did:
John Schneider and Emma Slater danced the Paso Doblé to "Main Titles" from Beetlejuice, by Ray Chew Live. "I appreciate the fact that you attacked it like a warhorse, but there were so many mistakes," said Bruno. Carrie Ann had a similar sentiment, calling it heartbreaking since he tried so hard but just couldn’t make it work. Len was the one to find the silver lining, saying everything he did in hold looked pretty good. They scored 19.
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold danced Salsa to "Under Your Spell" by Leo Soul. Carrie Ann thought he "lit up the ballroom" and she loved his lifts. Len felt he "lost a little bit of isolation in his hips," but "I think you had a breakthrough tonight." Bruno thought he was "tidy and in sync with the other dancers … He was firing on all cylinders tonight." They scored 26.
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess danced Argentine Tango to "Mr. Sandman" by SYML. "It’s like an Argentine nightmare," said Bruno. "A psycho on the loose. The story-telling and involvement was absolutely chilling." Carrie Ann said it was Bones’s "best dance so far" and that he was "just so authentically in the moment." Len Goodman commented that the dance had "mood and atmosphere" but that he "would have liked more Argentine tango." They scored a 22.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten danced Jazz to "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera. Bruno complimented Alexis’ ability to make every dance she gets look effortless, especially the lifts. Carrie Ann focused on the joy Alexis brings to the routines. They scored 27.
Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile and Jenna Johnson danced the Argentine Tango to "El Tango de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge. The judges agreed that this was Joe’s best dance yet. "For once it actually looked like an Argentine Tango... your timing tonight was the best ever!" Bruno praised. Carrie Ann even promised to give Joe a bonus point for not giving up on a lift that went wrong. They scored 22, his highest score of the competition.AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS ALEXIS REN ADMITS SHE HAS FEELINGS FOR ALAN
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS BRUNO ON MARY LOU RETTONS TANGO PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JUAN PABLO DI PACE GETS A PERFECT SCORE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS MARY LOU RETTON IS ELIMINATED
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS MARY LOU RETTON ON HER DIVORCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS MILO MANHEIM GETS A PERFECT SCORE