In the spirit of Halloween, Dancing With the Stars pulled out all of the ghouls and ghosts for the sixth week of competition.
For his dance, actor/singer John Schneider channeled his inner Beetlejuice for a Paso Doble to “Main Titles” by Ray Chew Live. He and partner Emma Slater worked the dance floor donning black and white stripes, made famous by the character.
The performance entertained and pleased fans within the ballroom, but judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman were left feeling a little spooked.
“I appreciate the fact that you’ve attacked it like a war horse, but there were so many mistakes,” said Tonioli to gasps from the crowd. “You nearly dropped her at the end. You went on the wrong foot at the corner. I think I appreciate the fact that you put so much passion in it, but again, you lost the refinement and the timing and a lot of mistakes, my darling, but you went for it.”
“My heart breaks because I see how much effort you put into thus number. It was filled with content. It was filled with lots of shaping and you pushed yourself really hard. But it’s almost like you started off and you didn’t quite get your balance and I feel like you never quite got your feet under you. And the Paso of all dances, you need to have that strength and the gravitas, and the posture especially. There was a little bit of the stepping on the dress and a little bit of the tumble. But it’s heartbreaking because I want you to do so well, but I think this was maybe one of your roughest performances,” added Inaba to boos.
When asked by host Tom Bergeron about his opinion on the dance, Schneider simply said it felt right to him but because the judges were experts, he trusted in what they said. Schneider and Slater later learned that their Paso earned them a score of 19 out of 30.
Bobby Bones also channeled his inner villain, shedding his positive persona for a creepy, psycho killer. Dancing to “Mr. Sandman” by SYML, Bones and partner Sharna Burgess told a story of a woman being captured and eventually murdered by his devious character.
“This is so bizarre. I wouldn’t expect myself to say it, but that was your best dance so far. There’s something happening here,” said Inaba. “You told the story so well, and in your body, yes, it was a very simple Argentine Tango, but that was within your wheelhouse and what you did tonight mesmerized me and drew me completely into the performance. So well done. It was great. It pulled me right in.”
“Well it had mood and it had atmosphere. I would have like a bit more Argentine Tango, but I liked it and I liked the sort of feel of the dance throughout and I think you did a good job. Well done,” concluded Goodman.
The pair earned a 22 out of 30 for their pass along the ballroom floor.
The evening wrapped with the week six elimination. Both Alexis Ren and Mary Lou Retton were in the bottom two, with the former gymnast saying goodbye to the competition.