Hayes Grier and Emma Slater might recreate a dark Disney fairytale during tomorrow night’s Dancing with the Stars Halloween special, and they’ll also get to perform a routine inspired by a movie that’s very popular with hardcore fans of Halloween.
ABC recently revealed the list of songs that the DWTS competitors will be dancing to for the “spooktacular” special, and Hayes Grier and Emma Slater should be pretty happy with their assigned tune — they’ll perform a waltz to Lana Del Rey’s “Once Upon a Dream.” The haunting song is part of the soundtrack for Disney’s live-action Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie as the dark fairy. There’s a good chance that Hayes Grier and his pro partner will dress up like characters from the fairytale film for their waltz, but who should they be?
If Emma Slater is going to channel Maleficent by rocking her iconic horns, Hayes Grier could play the human version of her pet raven, Diaval. He certainly has the raven-colored hair for the role. He could also play Stefan, the peasant boy who betrays Maleficent by cutting off her wings so that he can become king. There’s also a possibility that Emma and Hayes will dress up like Princess Aurora (aka “Sleeping Beauty”) and the prince who tries to awaken her with a kiss.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Hayes Grier and his partner won’t just be performing a waltz Monday night — they’ll also compete alongside three other pairs in the team dance. Hayes and Emma are on Team Nightmare, which includes the following couples: Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess; Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy; and Andy Grammer and Allison Holker. Team Nightmare’s freestyle Halloween routine is inspired by the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, and they’ll be dancing to the song “This Is Halloween.”
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Team Who You Gonna Call includes Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough; Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas; Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson; and Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold. They’ll perform to the Ghostbusters movie theme song by Ray Parker, Jr.
To get in the Halloween spirit, Hayes Grier has been goofing off with Bindi Irwin’s skeleton friend. As you can see, the unofficial Halloween mascot for Dancing with the Stars can’t keep his bony hands to himself.
Hayes Grier is currently in the middle of the pack score-wise, and the competition is starting to get pretty fierce on Dancing with the Stars. This is why he should be thrilled that he’s doing a routine inspired by a popular Disney movie — even if his score isn’t one of the highest of the night, Maleficent fans might throw a few extra votes his way.
Last week, Hayes scored four 8s for his Grease-inspired jazz routine. It wasn’t his best score, but he did a pretty decent job of channeling Danny Zuko. In his pre-dance clip package, Hayes admitted that he’d never seen the movie Grease, so he was probably a bit rattled when he learned that one of the stars from the film, Olivia Newton-John, would be a guest judge on the show. Luckily, the actress thought that Hayes managed to find his inner John Travolta, and Hayes was thrilled that she had such a positive reaction to the routine.
“The best feeling was when Olivia Newton-John told me I was a baby John… I knew I did the character justice!” Hayes Grier wrote in his Access Hollywood blog. “It was an honor to perform in front of her.”
Even if Hayes doesn’t win Dancing with the Stars, he’s hoping that he can benefit from his time on the reality show. During an interview with WSOC TV, Hayes’ father, Chad Grier, revealed that the Vine star could use the exposure he’s getting on the show to further his career.
“If he wins, great for him, but the bigger thing is to use this to fulfill dreams and goals,” Chad said.
It looks like Hayes’ stint on the show is already paying off. According to Variety, he recently signed with CAA. The top Hollywood agency will reportedly “work to create opportunities for Hayes Grier across multiple domains, including digital distribution and partnerships, film, TV, endorsements, personal appearances and publishing.” In other words, you might be seeing more of Hayes on TV in the near future.
You can see if Hayes Grier and Emma Slater use a little dark fairy magic to cast a spell on the judges when Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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