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'DWTS': LeBron James freaks over Iman Shumpert's 'Us' dance, Olivia Jade ponders her likability

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"Dancing With the Stars" went completely freaky on "Horror Night."

Pro wrestler The Miz became a total Hellraiser, JoJo Siwa killed as a sinister Pennywise clown and Cody Rigsby went psycho as Patrick Bateman. Even host Tyra Banks went fully Mummy.

But with Spice Girl Mel C's abrupt departure last week on "Grease Night" – an elimination that came as favorite Olivia Jade was also on the chopping black – real fear hovered in the ballroom along with one big question.

Who was going to get the axe in the pre-Halloween competition?

Last week's elimination "got really scary," Jade said in her pre-dance video. Here's what went down on the dance floor Monday:

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With rotten yellow teeth, JoJo Siwa's clown was killer

It was so great to see perennially sunny Siwa, 18, embrace the dark side as Pennywise, the killer clown from "It."

"Oddly enough I feel like myself," Siwa said in her heinous garb.

She had the freaky eyes, rotted, yellow teeth and wild red hair while performing a nightmarish jazz dance with partner Jenna Johnson to a surreal version of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes."

The end of the frenetic number featured Siwa pulling a fake arm off Johnson and biting into the appendage like a tasty drumstick.

As the surreal dance came to an end, the judges lost their minds. Judge Len Goodman gave the greatest, and oddest, compliment of the year.

"I'm so glad I had on my rubber underpants," Goodman said.

With a sideways glance at Goodman, Derek Hough followed with praise, adding, "I'm also terrified about the rubber underpants. But we'll talk about that later."

Judge Bruno Tonioli said the dance was "terrifying and absolutely brilliant." The dancer earned her second week of perfect scores, 40 out of 40, and easily sailed into next week.

Iman Shumpert's 'Us' dance is must-watch, just ask LeBron James

Lovable NBA star Iman Shumpert, 31, has shown understated brilliance and moments of heroic strength in the reality dance competition.

But nothing prepared the judges, or the studio audience, for his homage to Jordan Peele's horror film "Us."

Wearing the doppelgangers' red jumpsuits and showing the damned characters' same wild eyes and erratic moves, Shumpert and pale pro partner Daniella Karagach rocked the most insane, must-watch contemporary dance of the season (maybe ever).

In the thrilling finale Shumpert tossed Karagach onto his shoulders where she stood atop his 6-foot-5 frame, then dropped for more spins. The crowd in the auditorium was standing by the end. Even Hough was standing, on the scoring table.

"I’m speechless," said Hough, who attempted to give the couple an 11 score. "That was something people are going to watch over and over and over."

Tonioli called it "your masterpiece performance." All judges gave the couple 10s for a perfect 40 our of 40. The NBA champion just might win this whole thing.

LeBron James agreed praising "my G" Shumpert's performance and perfect score with an emphatic tweet that fittingly featured 10 flame emojis.

James wrote that his teammate on the 2016 championship Cleveland Cavaliers team was in his bag and could not be contained. "Don’t even try to front, just respect the conglomerate!"

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade held off on the flames, but tweeted his Shumpert support, writing, "Stop playing with this man."

Olivia Jade muses after near-elimination: 'I guess people don't like me'

Olivia Jade, who built a 1.3 million Instagram following as a social influencer, was spinning mentally wondering why she ended up in the bottom two last week and nearly got bounced.

"I guess people don't like me," the young star, who became embroiled in the 2019 college admissions scandal, said in her opening video.

Jade, 18, pondered said aloud that she couldn't count on America to vote for her, and she vowed to knock it "out of the park" with her dancing.

Her "Purge"-themed paso doble with partner Val Chmerkovskiy in a blood-stained dress was at least a multi-base hit. Jade even let out a humble plead at the end, "Please vote for us, we're having so much fun!"

The judges admired the dance. "Last week you were dead and buried. Can you come back to life?" Goodman asked. With her judges' scores of straight 9s (36 out of 40) and a clearly surging viewer vote, the haters were silenced as Jade easily skated to next week.

So who went home?

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore, 50, has fought valiantly to get out of the bottom "DWTS" tier, after already pulling off a miracle-resurgence from a bottom-two possible elimination that controversially sent "Bachelor" Matt James, 29, home.

But the writing was on the wall Monday, as Moore found herself in the unprotected bottom two (based on combined viewer votes and judges' scores) along with Olympic star Suni Lee.

How Lee got into the bottom two, after an impressive tango and simply being 18-year-old, college-attending Olympic star Suni Lee, is another discussion.

But this contest wasn't even close.

All three judges voted to keep the Olympic gymnast on the dance floor. Tie-breaker judge Goodman was not even needed to weigh in (a good thing, given his spotty tie-breaking record this season).

Moore was gracious in defeat.

"I just want to say thank you for this opportunity, it’s been a dream come true," she said as the credits rolled.

Tune in Nov. 1 for the next "DWTS" episode and elimination (ABC 8 pm ET/PT).

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: DWTS: Iman Shumpert's 'Us' dance is must-watch, JoJo Siwa goes clown

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