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Guest judging this week was Derek’s sister
It was almost like starting all over again, as partners had to get acquainted with one another and pull off a dance worthy of Week 4. It was interesting to see pro loyalty come out in the votes. And as host
Speaking of hoofing it: The Macy’s Stars of Dance also returned with a gorgeous vengeance, choreographed by Derek Hough and featuring Kathryn McCormick from
But back to the competition: Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis had the enviable position of getting to switch out one Chmerkovskiy brother for another and built on her lead in her Argentine tango with younger brother Val. "This is like some incestual adultery now," Val said. Meryl claimed Maks is more of a jokester, while Val is all business (even braiding Meryl's hair so it wouldn't interfere with her process), though the ice dancer could be assured that both Chmerkovskiy brothers have talent in spades. So of course, Meryl and Val's Argentine tango was incredible. Not only did Meryl look the part in her slinky red lace number, but Carrie Ann said the way the Winter Olympian and Val tangoed all over each other put them in "a class of your own." Bruno likened them to "two magical instruments perfectly in tune." Julianne paid Meryl high praise when she said, "I would love to dance like you." Len thought there was too much staccato at times, and was the only 9 holdout in this otherwise perfect routine. Meryl and Val received a 39 out of 40 for their Argentine tango. Two-week total: 78 out of 80.
Julianne called Big Time Rush's James Maslow the total package. And he showed it in his hot game of thrones tango with new partner Cheryl Burke. James said he kind of felt like he was cheating on Peta by tangoing with Cheryl, "but it's kind of exciting." Even more exciting was Cheryl's bedazzling Mirrorball scepter, golden throne and male attendants. We should all aspire to these positions in life. James didn't (really) care that Charlie White was off with his Peta Murgatroyd, "dancing his little pants off," and showed he was not just a one-woman guy by turning up the passion with a fiery new partner in this ballroom dance. Julianne thought James was the hot guy who can do it all, but said Peta could help him next week with "tucking your pelvis." Bruno agreed that James needed to get "your butt under control." Len said it was "hot and fiery," but "a little too manic on occasion." James and Cheryl received a 35 for their tango. Two-week total: 71.
Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy was paired up with
Charlie White was matched up with Peta Murgatroyd and the two slick blonds came together like two purple peas in a pod. Only, Peta kinda felt weird about this new pairing. "I feel like I'm cheating on James a little bit," Peta said after a particularly intimate rumba rehearsal move. "Is James not allowed to stick his nose in your mouth?" Charlie joked. Ha! And while their purple blond slicked-back dance in a fog was extremely picturesque, the judges were torn on whether or not it counted as a rumba. Bruno loved the grand intensity and sculptural shapes but "if you don't get the feet right, your hips won't ignite." Julianne started out positive, saying it was "stunning and beautiful" but then fawningly called Charlie "a mother's dream" and effectively put the Olympian's sex appeal on ice. Crotchety Len did not think it was very much of a rumba. But Carrie Ann was worse, agreeing with Len and also calling out a lift violation before slapping them down with a particularly harsh 7. Ouch. Thus, Charlie and Peta only got a 33 for their rumba. Two-week total: 69.
Cheryl Burke called her partner Drew Carey's new matchup with Witney Carson "Cute. Creepy, but cute." But the "Price Is Right" host was having way too good of a time with this teenage pro dancer to even miss his old partner. And what Tom called the star graduates of the May-December Dance Academy's cha-cha was very much like Drew's gold lame suit: shiny and wild yet completely irresistible. Bruno pitched the performance "somewhere between Elvis Presley and Liberace." "I've never had that much fun in a minute and a half since I was a teenager," Len said. "You came out like a dancing Ferrero Rocher." Drew and Witney received a 33 for their cha-cha. Two-week total: 66.
Cute accent alert! Cody Simpson got fellow Australian Sharna Burgess as a pro partner this week, and it was fun to see them let their wonder Down Unders fly. Turns out Sharna is a good 11 years older than the 17-year-old Cody, and at times she used that age difference to snap her young whippersnapper of a partner into shape. Though it hardly mattered to the gaggle of squealing girls when Cody started his fox trot by singing his own rendition of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours." And while the judges lauded Cody's charming stroll through the park performance, they all said he needed to work on his technique more. "There's so much of you I find you're not quite in control of it," Bruno said. "I almost want to see you do something completely un-Cody just to challenge you," Julianne ventured. Cody and Sharna fox-trotted their way to a respectable 31. Two-week total: 66.
Ooh, NeNe Leakes got to let her inner
Candace Cameron Bure had a tall order this switch-up week: Not only did she get teamed up with Tony Dovolani, who’s always embarrassing her, but she had to perform her first ballroom dance of the season – a “
Talk about a switch-up: Who would have thought Candace would be in danger of elimination?
What do you think, ballroom fans? Did you enjoy the switch-up? Were you as happy as I was to see the Macy's Stars of Dance back in the ballroom? Who knew Drew Carey was such a delicate flower? Has Candace Cameron Bure turned into Lori Laughlin? What is a drunken sailor? Should we just give Meryl the Mirrorball trophy now?