WATCH: Laurie Hernandez earns perfect 10s with tender 'DWTS' waltz

WATCH: Laurie Hernandez earns perfect 10s with tender 'DWTS' waltz

No shocks on the Halloween episode of “Dancing With the Stars” season 23: Old Bridge Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and partner Val Chmerkovskiy earned 10s across the board with a lush Viennese waltz, as did fellow frontrunners James Hinchcliffe and pro Jenna Johnson (substituting for an injured Sharna Burgess) and Calvin Johnson and partner Lindsay Arnold.

Perhaps most surprising was that it took eight weeks to say sayonara to Hernandez’s fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte, whose “DWTS” journey was orchestrated as a redemption tale for his sorry antics at the Rio Olympics.

With Hinchcliffe earning immunity because of his cumulative highest score, the remaining six couples had to complete in three sets of dance-offs, and though Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke beat out Marilu Henner and Derek Hough, Lochte failed to score enough votes last week to stay on the show. 

Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy, who admitted they had lost a little momentum in the last couple of weeks, returned to form with a gorgeous waltz set to “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” 

“That was a truly magical Halloween treat, sweet, rich and tender,” judge Bruno Tonioli told them, while Carrie Ann Inaba said the emotional routine brought her to tears. “From the beginning Val has looked at you in the most beautiful, joyful way,” Julianne Hough told Hernandez, “and tonight I saw you looking at him that way.”

Terra Jole’s “Beetlejuice”-themed cha cha with pro partner Sasha Farber earned a 24. Henner and Hough’s cobweb-coated Argentine tango landed them on the bottom again with 23 points, tying with Lochte and Burke’s “Maleficent”-inspired tango. Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko’s “Little Shop of Horrors” jazz landed them in the middle of the pack with 27. In addition to immunity, Hinchcliffe got an additional five points to his cumulative score. 

Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy chose to compete in the dance-off against Johnson and Arnold, who picked jive, and all the judges gave the edge to Hernandez and Chmerkovisky. Viewers agreed, giving them an addition three points to their cumulative total. The viewers also gave Kramer and Savchenko the win over Jole and Farber, along with Lochte and Burke over Henner and Hough, but ultimately Lochte was sent home. 

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Published at Tue, 01 Nov 2016 03:01:00 +0000