This is always an interesting week on Dancing with the Stars when the celebrities and their professional partners do a switch-up so that everyone dances with someone they are much less comfortable with. Sometimes it’s disastrous, and sometimes it works out for the better. But always it gives the celebrities a different perspective on dancing. And for some added fun? Maks Chmerkovskiy is here to guest judge.
First up is Wanya Morris who is being paired up with Witney Carson. She plans to make him better this week as they work on the tango. He hopes to be able to keep up the momentum. He seems to do just that as he looks very sharp in the dance. Len Goodman found it to be hectic with too many moving parts. Maks feels like it was falling apart a little bit. Bruno Tonioli, however, felt like there was no holding back. Carrie Ann Inaba missed the natural chemistry that he has with Lindsay Arnold. Their scores are 8, 7, 7, 8.
Kim Fields is being paired up with Keo Motsepe for this week. They’ll be taking on the Viennese Waltz. She finds him to be really fantastic but misses Sasha, her partner and friend. However, this is one of her best dances so far. Maks liked it but felt it wasn’t really the Viennese Waltz. Bruno compares it to a series of beautiful pictures in a romantic novel. Carrie Ann thinks Keo brought out a more sensual side of her. Len is glad Maks is there to back him up with the lack of hold in this waltz. Their scores are 8, 6, 6, 8.
America has chosen to pair up Doug Flutie and Peta Murgatroyd, Maks’s financée. She thinks Doug’s number one challenge is the memory of the dance. He says he needs to repeat things several times for them to stick. They’re doing the tango, and he doesn’t seem to be struggling with the memory of it as much as the steps themselves. Bruno could see his determination trying to get the steps right. Carrie Ann saw a new air about him with this new partner. Len thought it was his best so far. Maks says it was very hard, but he did it. His scores are all 7s.
Ginger Zee is now being paired up with Mark Ballas, and they’ll be doing the salsa. It requires personality, and he knows that she has a face that lights up. Her husband comes in to monitor the whole thing. This seems to be her dance. Carrie Ann says she is still someone to watch, no matter the partner. Len felt like he was in the club. Maks thinks it was totally her thing. Bruno says she got him going in a frenzy of excitement. They get all 8s.
Next up is Antonio Brown who has been partnered with Karina Smirnoff. They’ll be taking on the cha cha. She needs to figure out how he learns to get him the best scores. He shows up late to his rehearsals, which won’t help. They light up the dance floor together really well. Len says it was long on performance and short on technique. Maks found there was no actual content. Bruno think he’s got the moves, package, and charisma. Carrie Ann says he’s a natural, but he’s a wildcard. His scores are 7, 6, 6, 7.
Paige VanZant is paired up with Sasha Farber this week. They will be doing the Rumba. He wants her to show the emotion, and she’s trying to channel her inner-sexy whle learning to trust. While looking great together, you can tell she still hasn’t let her guard down. Maks complains that there was only one rumba step in the whole thing. Bruno loved her extended lines. Carrie Ann thinks her quality of movement is multi-dimensional. Len says she needs to work more on selling it. This leads to scores of 8, 8, 7, 8.
Von Miller will be dancing tonight with Lindsay Arnold. She wants him to bring some of his country swagger into the dance and be like he’s going nuts coming into a club as they do the jive. It seems as if his timing might be off. Bruno says all the swagger sometimes masks the style. Carrie Ann thinks it was clever for LIndsay to try and work with his style. Len think he came out and gave it his all. Maks wants a little bit more. Their scores are 8, 7, 7, 7.
Nyle DiMarco got put together with Sharna Burgess, and they’ll be doing the Vinennese Waltz. She has a difficult time working with the interpreter. Tyra Banks visits to remind him how great he is. They dance beautifully together. Carrie Ann gets emotional and says they took her breath away. Len calls it a total eclipse as it doesn’t happen often, but it was fantastic. Maks calls it the bet dance of the night. Bruno says the magic of dance is alive within him. His scores are 9, 10, 9, 9.
Jodie Sweetin is the last dancer of the night and gets paired up with Val Chmerkovskiy. They will be dancing a paso doble. He says she was his first crush in America. She notes that his teaching style is more intense than Keo’s. It’s danced well, but she could stand to be a little more fierce. Len says last week was lemonade, this week champagne. Maks said she reminds him of Sabrina Bryant. Bruno thanks them for the Flamenco lines. Carrie Ann feels it was by far her best dance. Her scores are 9, 8, 9, 9.
Because it’s switch-up week there is no elimination, and clearly that benefits someone like Jodie Sweetin who did much better this week than last, as now she’ll have some better scores averaged in with her bad scores to possibly keep her in the competition next week, but it’s definitely bad news for some of the others who did worse this week than last.
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