It was an eerie night in the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom. Blame it on Halloween.
Or blame it on the fact that it's week seven and the contestants for the most part seemed well, tired. Their scores reflected it.
Not that it wasn't a fun night. Far from it.
With ghoulish costumes and makeup, the troupe of contestants competed in solo dances and then in the team dance. Scores for both dances were combined for one total to be added to viewer votes on Tuesday.
David Arquette kicked things off with a funky cha cha that was peppered with goofy footwork and not so cool choreography by his partner Kym Johnson. Still, the popular duo managed a 24 from the judges.
J.R. Martinez slipped from first place on this night with a, well, not very good tango, with partner Karina Smirnoff. And he knew it. J.R. didn't have quite the polish and timing of his previous performances and though he landed a 25 from the judges, it should have been so much more at this stage of the competition.
Next up, Nancy Grace and her partner Tristan McManus, who've had an odd sort of relationship all season long, just never connected in their jive. It lacked bounce, fun, speed and good footwork. Score: 21. Note to judges: please stop referring to her age of 51 as if she were 91!
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke turned in a sexy, fiery tango (dress as Morticia and Gomez Addams, no less) that was good enough to earn a 25 from the judges.
Ricki Lake, suffering from a painful ribcage/nerve injury, turned in the night's best performance by far with a sultry, powerful, precise paso doble with partner Derek Hough. The judges (and the ballroom) couldn't get enough of it and rewarded her with a much deserved 27.
Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy continued to demonstrate the ABSOLUTE lack of chemistry they have displayed all season long. An injured Maks (minor toe injury) brought in another pro to help Hope during rehearsals. She promptly turned into a giggling 13-year-old with her giggly new mate and showed Maks a thing or two with her sudden improvement. It was childish; and her performance on the dance floor (though the judges liked it) was not very polished. Still, she earned a 24, which kept her off the bottom run of the leader board ladder.
What followed were the team dance performances: Team Tango (J.R., David and Nancy) vs. Team Paso (Ricki, Rob and Maks). Team Tango was first up with a group effort that was OK at best. Even judge Len Goodman couldn't contain his disappointment when he pointed out that their solos within the team dance were "just a disaster." Score: a dismal 23. Team Paso faired much better thanks to much better choreography, more powerful footwork and the anchor leg of Ricki and Derek. Score: 26.
At week 7, it's hard to imagine that folks would be earning scores as low as a 21. Who will leave Tuesday night? It should come down to Nancy and Hope. Here's hopin' it's Hope... for her sake, for Maks' sake and for viewers' sake.
Guest star on the results show will be Justin Bieber.