On nearly every level, a dance performance featuring the evil clown from Stephen King’s “It” and one of his child victims set to the tune of a Broadway score shouldn’t work.
And yet, here’s JoJo Siwa in full Pennywise drag delivering an absolutely deranged and downright genius performance to the tune of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night.
Fully understanding the assignment of “Horror Night” for the reality competition series’ Halloween episode, the “Dance Moms” alum performed a jazz routine alongside pro Jenna Johnson ― dressed in a children’s rain costume with a big red balloon, naturally ― to a creepy remix of the song by District 78 featuring Patrice Covington.
Despite her relentlessly positive demeanor off the dance floor, Siwa managed to capture exactly what makes Stephen King’s creation so menacing. Siwa kept her feet on the ground, bouncing one foot at a while, and channeled her Pennywise spirit, as well as her amazing dance moves.
Siwa grabbed Johnson by her throat and ripped off her fake hand. The song ended abruptly with Siwa screaming bloody murder.
Judges praised the star with unwavering praise, and for the second consecutive week, he received a perfect score.
“It. It. Terrifying. Amazing. You turned a nightmare into a work of art,“ remarked Bruno Tonioli. “The quality of your dances — the thing you did in there, combining jazz, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics. I’m telling you, you are a terrific talent.”
Carrie Ann Inaba said, “What I loved about this performance is you pushed yourself further,” while Len Goodman added, “If ever a dance captured the flavor of a book, that was it.”
Siwa, who’s made history on the seriesThe Mirrorball Trophy’s first contestant to have a partner of the same sexe is the winner.
The performance received a lot of attention on social media with many people following along to celebrate the hilariously absurd dance.
While Siwa managed to survive another week unscathed, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore and her partner, Brandon Armstrong, finished in the bottom two and were axed from the competition.
Watch Siwa’s performance above.