'Dancing with the Stars' week 7: Halloween special

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October 31, 2011|By Jennifer Broadwater

Tonight's Halloween show was hard to take seriously, what with all the special effects, overblown makeup and costumes, and ridiculous props. Fun, nonetheless.

Cheesiest props: J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff for use of caskets, fake lightning and even a proton gun in a tango set to music from "Ghostbusters." And then there was Karina's costume -- an inexplicable mix of feathery white fringe from head to heels covering her backside, but just bits of flesh-toned leotard up front. J.R. is always good, but this was probably my least favorite of his dances.

Best choreography: Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough's paso doble, which set a Little Red Riding Hood tale to Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams." This seemed like an almost unfair musical advantage to get a pop song while others were more boxed in with Halloween-style music.

Best music: Musical selections are luck of the draw in this competition and Nancy Grace was lucky to have gotten "Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- always a fun song with some great fiddling. But she not only lost her horns during the dance ... but also her footwork a few times.

Most memorable: Rob Kardashian stepped up to the plate with a well-executed tango to music from The Addams Family. He even compared the theme to his own family. "I don't think my family is creepy, but they're kooky."

Least memorable: David Arquette's magician's cha-cha. There were some cheesy magic tricks thrown in and David and his partner Kym Johnson revealed that one of David's props was misplaced backstage. Nevertheless, judge Len Goodman seemed to be impressed with David's footwork and Carrie Ann called his improvement "phenomenal." But his performances still leave something to be desired, in my opinion.

Best costumes: i liked Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke as Gomez and Morticia Addams, while I also liked Tristan MacManus' red shoes and spunky feathered cap, which made him look like a devilish leprechaun.

Scariest attitude: Maksim Chmerkovskiy. First he rolled his eyes during judge Bruno Tonioli's comments (hard to blame him there) on his samba to "Werewolves of London" with partner Hope Solo. He later man-handled Hope during a team paso doble practice then stormed off, prompting some uncomfortable looks from team members and Derek Hough to step in to help Hope.

Most awkward moment: When leaders drafted fellow competitors for the team dance portion of the show. J.R. was captain of "Team Tango" while Ricki was captain of "Team Paso." Just like in elementary school, you can't help but feel bad for the last person to be picked -- in this case Nancy Grace.

PS: Team Paso kicked Team Tango's butts.

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