It’s finally here — Switch-Up Week on Dancing With the Stars! Tonight, the celebrities get new pro dance partners, thanks to you, America, as you were the ones who chose their new partners by your voting! Will the new pro dance partners adversely affect some of the celebrities? Oh, also — Derek Hough’s sister, Julianne, is a guest judge tonight, as she was last season!
There will be no elimination this week. The scores from last week will be combined with the totals from this week, to determine which celebrity and his/her pro dance partner will be eliminated at the end of next week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars.
The first couple to perform was Candace Bure and Tony Dovolani. They danced the Quickstep to “The Ballroom Blitz” by The Sweet. This is a pretty cool song! Candace didn’t particularly want Tony to be her dance partner, at first but they ended up getting along fairly well.
Carrie Ann called it “your first ballroom dance” and said that “it’s hard to master that hold.”
Len called it a “hair-raising performance” adding “Well done.”
Julianne told them that it was “wonderful choreography,” but that their body contact was “too gaped.” Maybe she means that they didn’t dance closely enough together….
Bruno, for some reason of his own, compared the performance to “like the Quickstep with the Sex Pistols.”
The judges gave them fairly low scores for this late into the season, awarding them with straight 7s, for a total of 28/40 points.
The second pair of dancers on Dancing With the Stars was James Maslow and Cheryl Burke. They danced the Tango, to “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J) and actually did very well, putting on an amazing performance.
Carrie Ann noted that it was as if there wasn’t any Switch-Up at all, as James still did a great job.
Len called their dance “burning hot.”
Julianne said that James was “the total package,” and said that he had dedication, technique, “everything.” She also made a comment that maybe next week, Peta can help him in “tucking your pelvis.” This prompted Bruno to say “I have no problems with your pelvis actually.” TMI, Bruno; TMI….
Anyway, the judges gave them three 9s and one 8, for a total of 35/40 points, putting them into the lead this week, so far.
The third performers on Dancing With the Stars were Drew Carey and his pro dance partner, Witney Carson. They danced the Cha-Cha-Cha to “Sugarfoot” by Black Joe Lewis and the Sugarbears, and Drew kicked some royal butt! They did better and got better comments from the judges and scores than he has received thus far on Dancing With the Stars!
Carrie ann told Drew that he “became a Cha-cha machine overnight” adding that he “killed it.”
Len said that he hadn’t had “that much fun since I was a teenager.”
Julianne also complimented both of them, saying that she was a “huge fan” and adding “Good job, Witney!”
Bruno told Drew that he was “a splendid sugar daddy of show business.” Yes, that’s great advice….
Drew and Witney received three 8s and one 9, for a very respectable total of 33/40 points! Drew might have saved himself with this performance!
Couple number four on Dancing With the Stars was Danica McKellar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Danica and Maks danced the Jive to “Love Me Right!” by The Swag Geeks (feat. Brook Penning). They also did a fantastic job with this dance.
Len said “It was high energy,” but added that he “wanted more Jive.”
Carrie Ann said that their performance “wasn’t quite in sync.”
Julianne Hough didn’t like the performance very much, either, and cattily made the comment that she thought Maks looked like he “couldn’t wait to get to Meryl.”
Bruno said that it’s “difficult to recover when there’s an incident.”
The judges still gave them fairly respectable scores of straight 8s, for a total of 32/40 points.
Then, on Dancing With the Stars, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and his pro dance partner Peta Murgatroyd were up. They danced the Rumba to “Wildest Moments” by Jessie Ware.
Charlie didn’t let the Switch-Up bother him; he and Peta did great, but a couple of the judges had harsh comments for them.
Carrie Ann, for example, said “that wasn’t a Rumba.”
Len also dissed Charlie and Peta, saying that what they danced wasn’t a Rumba “in my world.”
Julianne, though, called their performance “stunning and beautiful.” She said that Charlie was “a mother’s dream.”
Bruno was also kinder with his remarks, saying that he loved the pair’s “grand intensity.” The pair got scores from the judges of one 7, one 8, and two 9s, for a total of 33/40 points.
Next to perform was Paralympics Snowboarding bronze medalist Amy Purdy and her pro dance partner, Mark Ballas. They danced the Salsa to “Brand New” by Pharrell (feat. Justin Timberlake). They did a terrific job, and received praise and high scores from the judges.
Carrie Ann said that Amy was “exposed a lot more.” She added “I loved your middle section.”
Len mentioned that he was “full of admiration.”
Julianne told Amy that she was there “as a competitor,” and said that she “can shake it.”
Bruno said simply “You continue to astonish me.”
Amy and Mark Ballas got scores of two 8s and two 9s, for a total of 34/40 points.
Cody Simpson and his pro dance partner, Sharna Burgess, danced the Foxtrot on Dancing With the Stars to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. They gave a pretty good, solid performance.
Carrie Ann told Cody that his “hold” had improved from the first week.
Len said that they “attempted to get the footwork right.” Me-oww, Len!
Julianne Hough liked their performance, calling it “incredible.”
Bruno also had something nice to say: “As a performer you are a winner.”
The judges gave them three 8s and one 7 for a total of 31/40 points.
The second-to-the-last couple of the evening on Dancing With the Stars was NeNe Leakes dancing with Derek Hough, who has been Amy Pugh’s pro dance partner. They danced a Jazz number to “Grown Woman” by Beyonce.
Carrie Ann said: “NeNe is working!”
Len said that the dance suited NeNe’s “personality.”
Julianne mentioned that the dance “was so much fun.”
Bruno said it “was like being in the presence of the Queen of Sheba.” Oh, no, you didn’t, Bruno! But, he did.
The judges gave them scores of straight 8s, for a total of 32/40 possible points.
The last couple of the evening on Dancing With the Stars was Meryl Davis and Val Chmerkovskiy. They did an EXCELLENT job dancing the Argentine Tango to “Too Close” by Alex Clare. They got the best comments and scores of the show.
Carrie said that they were both in “a class of your own,” and called them “Untouchable.”
Len said that their performance was a little bit “staccato” here and there, but he called it “the dance of the night.”
Julianne said that she “would like to dance like you, Val” and called the choreography “beautiful.”
Bruno said that their performance was “powerful and seductive.”
They got scores from the judges of three big 10s and one 9, for a total of 39/40 points! WOW!
That wrapped up Dancing With the Stars. The Switch-Up seemed to really only adversely affect maybe a couple of the celebrities; the other ones did as well or even better than they had with their original pro dance partners.
Maybe the change of pro dance partners helped put some things more into perspective for some of the celebrity dancers, and got them to see areas where they could improve in a different light. The experience might make them overall better dancers, and it could carry over to when they rejoin their original pro dance partners next week. What do you think, America? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb