Team Stark Survives A Double Elimination

October 31st, 2017

The Halloween Dancing With the Stars show brought thrills and chills, highs and lows, treats in the form of great dances and tricks courtesy of Sasha Farber.  The final trick of the show was an unannounced double elimination.  Each team did a new dance style, and then performed with 3 other couples in the team dance.  Adding drama to the night was the news Lindsey Stirling had suffered a rib injury and it was unknown whether she would be able to perform.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas were assigned the paso doble.  They danced to Lindsey's song Roundtable Rival using a combination of paso doble and river dancing and celebrating the Mexican celebration the Day of the Dead.  While there were moments that showed that Lindsey was in pain, she powered through the dance which included side by side knee walks with Mark.  The judges praised the performance and gave them a combined score of 27.

For the team dances, Mark and Lindsey joined Terrell Owens, Cheryl Burke, Jordan Fisher, Lindsay Arnold, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev in performing a routine to The Monster Mash.  The judges were underwhelmed and criticized their movement as a group, giving them a score of 24.  

This gave Lindsey and Mark a total score of 51.  For the first time this season, Team Stark is close to the bottom of the leaderboard, landing in 5th place.  They survived the double elimination of Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev and Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy.  

Next week the teams will have two new dances, one of which will be a trio dance with a former DWTS contestant.

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