In a Halloween spectacular, the seven remaining couples were left terrified after being given twice the dancing, and less than half the time to rehearse.
Dressed in ghoulish costumes, the stars received some monster makeovers to reveal their dark side on the dance floor as seven become six.
Ricki-Lee may have looked like the walking dead but there was nothing lifeless about her Paso Doble to Michael Jackson’sThriller. Top scoring on 36 points, judge Kym Johnson called her “the most gorgeous looking zombie” with Helen Richey adding: “When I say to dancers they’re moving like a zombie it’s an insult but tonight’s it’s a compliment.”
The comeback king Tai Hara took on the Tango and triumphed. After bouncing back to form on Tuesday, the Home and Away star continued to impress scoring 35 points. “You’ve got the movie star looks and now you’ve got the moves to match,” Kym said.
Matt Cooper lit up the dance floor with his red hot Paso Doble to the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil earning 32 points. “The Paso really suits you,” Adam Garcia said. “It was strong. It was sexy.”
The seven couples also took part in a game-changing marathon dance, where they all took to the floor at once in a grab for extra points. In a truly frightening test of endurance, they had to dance flat out for four minutes with the winning couple walking away with 10 bonus points.
David Rodan walked away the winner with the points catapulting him to the overall lead.
Black magic couldn’t save Eamon Sullivan after he finished last in both his Samba routine and the marathon dance. Dancing for sids and kids, the champion swimmer admitted the devilishly long week of dancing had taken its toll. “It’s been exhausting,” he said. “It’s sad to be leaving but I’m looking forward to a rest.”
Joining him in the bottom two was Torah Bright who lives to see another day. Tonight she transformed into Torah Dark to deliver an intense Paso Doble to Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life. “You just brought your fearlessness to the dance floor,” Kym said.
The scores from Tuesday and tonight were combined:
DAVID RODAN & MELANIE HOOPER – 38 + 33 plus 10 bonus points = 81
RICKI-LEE & JARRYD BYRNE – 32 + 36 plus 8 bonus points = 76
TAI HARA & JORJA FREEMAN – 32 + 35 plus 9 bonus points = 76
MATT COOPER & MASHA BELASH – 32 + 32 plus 7 bonus points = 71
TORAH BRIGHT & ROBBIE KMETONI – 30 +31 plus 6 bonus points = 67
LYNNE McGRANGER & CARMELO PIZZINO – 29 +28 plus 5 bonus points = 62
EAMON SULLIVAN & ASH-LEIGH HUNTER – 26 + 27 plus 4 bonus points = 57
Now it’s up to the public to vote for their favourite celebrity to keep them dancing. For voting line information, visit the official website www.yahoo7.com.au/dancing
Next week the dance floor heats up again as our stars dance twice. They’ll be split into two tribes who’ll go to war – Team Rock and Team Pop! Plus UK pop star James Blunt will perform his brand new hit for the first time in Australia.
Dancing With The Stars is live Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Channel Seven.