Below Suri Serano, Jake DuPree, Divadarv, and Anna Trebunskaya review “Switch-Up Week” for Dancing With The Stars Season 21. The show will begin at 7:00pm ET in the video below. In case you miss it, it will play after the show as well. Let us know what you think in comments as always!
So we’ve moved onto “Famous Dances” week, where the couples are supposedly going to be recreating “famous” dances from movies, musicals, music videos, etc. I’m predicting we see some repeats of songs we’ve already heard before on the show, and apparently Court is working on a post predicting some of them.
ETA: Judging from DancingABC’s latest Instagram post it looks like they’re STRONGLY hinting that Bindi got Dirty Dancing as her iconic dance. In the past, it’s been used as a mambo (and it’s a mambo in the movie) – but then again, maybe it will get retooled as a jazz or something. So mambo is just a guess on my part… -Court-
ETA2: Ugh. Judging from Carlos’ latest Instagram video it looks like he has *wretch* Magic Mike as his iconic dance. Why do I feel like I would think this was lot less icky if it was someone other than Carlos doing it? Just one problem: as I recall, that song was Channing Tatum dancing solo for a room full of women, and ended up stripping down to a thong. And kneepads. Where exactly does Witney fit into this? -Court-
ETA3: And then DancingABC continues with the painfully unsubtle, punny clues and pretty much confirms that Alek has Jailhouse Rock. Ok, I can be down with that – especially if they darken his hair up. -Court-
ETA4: According to
Glamour, Nick has “You Should Be Dancing”, which is one of the songs I predicted might get reused in my prediction post. So that’s (3) songs so far that have gotten repeated, and two of them (possibly 3) that could be wonky dance styles. I am beginning to think we might be seeing some disco, hip-hop, and mambo this week…-Court-
ETA5: It would just about figure that the minute I get done updating, they release all the songs…anywho, a few thoughts: I’m thinking the bulk of these HAVE to be weird dance styles, i.e. hip-hop, jazz, disco, etc., and I’m hoping they give the couples a bit of a free pass…cause if everyone else has the freedom of doing jazz/hip-hop and couples like Alek & Lindsay and Hayes & Emma are stuck doing ballroom styles, I’m calling foul. -Court-
ETA6: According to Derek’s blog, Bindi has a rumba. Hate to say this, but I’m getting I’m getting the same feeling I was for his “If I Could Turn Back Time” rumba with Amber – this song is wayyy too fast and energetic to be an effective rumba. -Court-
ETA7: So, our source has some of the dances and Derek/Bindi weren’t the only ones to get hosed. Get this – “Pony” is a rumba. WTF?? We confirmed Alexa’s Cha Cha and Alek’s Jive – he should be lucky they didn’t decide that was a rumba as well. Maybe only because he’s already done rumba. Ha. Someone has a Samba and all the rest are apparently Jazz. Bah humbug. Jazz on DWTS is code for “we’re going to let them do whatever they want and not call it contemporary.” If I left the question mark after the dance style, that means I guessed. ~Heidi
ETA8: Back right away to update a bit more since Court tells me the only one who has already done Jazz is Nick, so he must be the samba. ~Heidi
ETA9: Okay, so apparently Carlos shirt comes off nearly immediately and his dance is exactly what you’d expect – bump and grind. ~Heidi
ETA10: Our source says that Derek and Bindi’s “Rumba” is a rumba in name only and it uses a LOT of the choreo from the movie. It’s thought that it will be a crowd pleaser at any rate, as it is a true homage. A montage of memorable moments from the movie. During rehearsal it was mentioned by Derek that it’s unusual that he can use so much of the choreo, that they had gotten the rights to use it. In the course of this conversation he confirmed that he was almost in the Dirty Dancing remake. This is what I’ve been telling people for YEARS. I knew from watching video of Derek’s interviews around the time that movie was shelved – it was obvious. Now it’s confirmed. 🙂 It’s pretty obvious to me that Kenny Ortega loves Derek and that’s why they can use so much of the choreo. They will probably get hosed (my opinion only), but our source thinks the crowd will love it. 🙂 Expect me to pitch a fit if and when they get hosed, since according to Derek’s blog they were directed to stick close to the original choreography. Getting to be a typical thing with this show – tell Derek what to do and then penalize him for it.
ETA11: Vogue here. According to Emma’s twitter, she and Hayes are dancing 1st tonight. Also, according to DancingABC (instagram below), there is an opening number tonight! Let’s hope it’s longer than 30 seconds.
ETA12: Full running order updated. -Court-
Well I gotta give TPTB some props – at least they managed to last through 4 weeks before kicking the manipulation machine into high gear. But man, did they overcompensate this week – aside from Paula still at the bottom and Bindi still at the top, the scoreboard got all shuffled up this week. Alexa shot up from being 2nd from the bottom last week, to getting the high score this week and 4th place in combined scores; Carlos jumped from 5th place last week (and in jeopardy) to getting the 2nd highest score of the night and 2nd place with combined scores. Tamar went from being part of the 3-way tie for 2nd place, to being in 7th place after this week; and poor Alek, with two weeks worth of emotional trauma (and low-balled scores) under his belt, is now second to last. Andy managed to jump from 7th place last week to 5th this week, while going from straight 7’s and 8’s to straight 9’s. I will credit SOME of this drastic shuffling to some people getting switch partners that were much better at harnessing their talents than their original pro, while some ended up with pros that were worse than their original partner. And for the love of Jeebus, judges – be a little more understanding that it’s switch week. I get that you have an agenda, but it BLOWS MY MIND how you can talk about how the switch is so tough in one breath, and then dole out nitpicky critiques and lowballed scores in another. Thankfully, the double elim that we were hearing about for next week was a false alarm, and only one couple is going home next Monday – but last night’s scores do make me seriously wonder what the narrative is going to look like in the coming weeks.
I found myself agreeing with Maks far more than I thought I would – and I was particularly pleased that he finally called Allison out on her busy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink choreography. Will be interesting to see if that comment is received the same way that Alfonso’s comment to Alexa was a few weeks back – although judging from Twitch’s twitter timeline, I’m guessing it’s not going to be received well. Also felt like Maks might have taken an interesting, subtle jab at the switch-up itself, when he told Tamar “You just got together this week, so you didn’t get to connect”. He wasn’t immune to the wonky-ness, though, and he gave a couple scores that made me raise an eyebrow. I do commend him on giving more coherent critiques this time – overall, I’d give him an 8 out of 10.
Other observations? I am very aware that Nick is a Backstreet Boy – therefore, I do not need to to see Nick doing the “Backstreet’s Back” move every week to remind me. This is the 3rd time it’s gotten thrown into a routine, and twice was enough for me – find something else for this guy to do. Was it just me, or did the first half of the show seem to be devoted to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it boner joke? Caught at least 3 innuendo-y moments. Also wish they would have kept Tamar in the outfit she wore for the intro dance – she looked STUNNING, and then they put her in that weird, feathery swan dress for her actual dance. No me gusta.
Since this is a ranking of who I think is most likely to stay or go (based on this week’s scores and last week’s), I’m half-tempted to do a “switch-up postmortem” tomorrow where I actually rank how well I thought the pros handled the switch, and maybe throw in a poll to see how you guys felt about it, too…would that be something you’re interested in? Read more..
Did anyone see Louis Van Amstel on The Real today? If so, how was it? Here are a couple of whipclips from the interview.
I figured since the old switch post was getting a tad lengthy and redundant, I’d start a new one 🙂 Plus, we now have some adorable pix and banter of switch couples interacting to oogle 😉
I don’t know about you guys, but I am beyond thrilled that Emma got Alek 😀 And they both posted this pic of them catching a flight to Roseburg together last night – both seem pretty stoked to be paired together, and Alek even hashtagged his post with “#sexy” 😉 *raises eyebrows suggestively*
What beautiful photos of the dances this past week on Dancing With The Stars. To see more, click on any of the pics.
Hey All! Kristyn Burtt and the Gang review Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 4. Let us know what you think in comments as always!
ETA: Correction as Kristyn is absent. On another note: Sasha Farber is their guest!
So once again, TPTB kinda went “Plot twist!” last night and moved the switch-up to week 5, even though we had been hearing that week 6 was the actual switch week. So given that – and the fact that they inadvertently tweeted this out last night – it’s entirely possibly that the switch voting was all for naught, and they’re going to do whatever the hell they want and cherry pick their own pairings. It’s happened before, with Meryl in season 18 and Sadie in season 19 – neither one went to the pro they had the highest vote count for.
ETA: Starting to get some intel on the pairings – and I’m afraid the news isn’t great. Below are what I’ve had confirmed so far – and I’m sure you can tell that not all of them match up with the data I’ve seen. Also worth mentioning? That Alek’s partner may have been tinkered with – as in he had a different partner as of last night than the one he had this morning. I would still take this with a grain of salt – switch-up is one of the scheistiest things this show has ever done, and who knows if they are still tinkering…
ETA2: Apparently the pairings are getting officially announced on GMA tomorrow morning. No, I don’t know what time; no, I don’t know if any of them will actually be there (but I doubt it). Yes, we will be live blogging. -Court-
ETA3: Not a peep on GMA – wonder if plans changed, as my source was fairly certain they were going to announce them on GMA today. But hey, if it’s anything like the cast announcement was – they probably moved the announcement over to Animal Planet or HSN or something 😛 Mark tweeted this around 2 o’clock EST this morning (so around 11 California time) – looks like he was hopping on a red-eye, and considering the only female celeb that rehearses outside of L.A. is Paula…I guess that lends credence to what we’ve already heard. Also trying to make sense of this tweet by Emma – if she got Andy (as some are guessing from some tweets of his she favorited), I would think it would still be dark out if she was catching the early morning flight to wherever he was – but in the picture she posted, it looks light out, and she looks like she’s in her own Jeep…which she would be more likely to drive if she was headed to McCadden, not the airport. Thoughts?
ETA4: And not 2 minutes after I post this, People posts the official list:
Paula & Mark
Alexa & Derek
Bindi & Val
Tamar & Louis
Alek & Emma (!!!)
Carlos & Lindsay
Hayes & Allison
Andy & Sharna
Nick & Witney
Court’s postmortem thoughts on the results? TPTB totally cherry picked – the only one of these that I think was legitimately the highest vote-getter was Alexa & Derek, and depending on whether you count the oodles of bot votes Alek & Emma. THIRLLED about Alek & Emma :-D, but pissed that Hayes somehow ended up with Allison – calling total bullsh*t on that one, since almost everyone tweeting Alek/Emma was also tweeting Hayes/Lindsay. We made sure of that. I guess I’m glad she didn’t get Nick, but she should have gotten Carlos.
*looks around* Wow, Alfonso hosted DWTS and the world didn’t end. Right on! Seriously, though, I though the guy did a pretty damn good job – his pacing was good, he didn’t talk too much, and he kept things moving. I’m sure there are some that would disagree, but as for me? I’m just thankful that he stepped in for Tom and seemed to minimize any potential disruption that Tom’s absence caused. But the joke about joining the band? Played out, dude. Pun intended 😛
One rather strange observation about last night’s show? The running order – it struck me as kinda odd, and I wasn’t the only one. Seemed like they actually front-loaded the show with good dances, and relegated some head-scratchers to the end of the show. Seemed…backwards. I would have moved Andy, Paula, and Carlos to the first hour; and probably moved Hayes, Tamar, and Alek to the back. Not much else to add, just that it all seemed kinda out-of-order to me, given the quality of the dances.
Other noteworthy moments? Allison announcing her pregnancy – my god, that child is going to be gorgeous and talented. And it leaves the door open for Lindsay to remain a pro next season, which makes me happy 😀 And who doesn’t love Sasha channeling Bruno circa 1983, in one of his “I’m Still Standing” getups? Guess I’m just thankful that it wasn’t the bizarre black man-leotard thingie… 😎
Did @DancingABC accidentally tip their hand with regards to the switch-up? They tweeted out this eyebrow-raiser right before Alek performed – and it has since been deleted. Someone told me that the phone votes were saying “Thanks for voting for Alek & Sharna!” as well, but it didn’t do it for me. Just a senior moment, or someone inadvertently tweeting about next week’s pairings? You be the judge.
Special thanks to @IdolXFactor1 for this GMA recap of last night’s show, but, check out the end. They announce Maks Chmerkovskiy will be a guest judge next week on Dancing With The Stars. Oh boy, buckle up your seat belts…