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DWTS 18 Partner Switch-Up: What Are Your Predictions?

This is Lori! That Switcheroo Thingy is upon us already and I am DREADING it!!!!!  I don’t want it to happen, but it’s going to happen!!!

Apparently, the viewers are going to vote after the first elimination, for the Switch to happen (I am guessing) in week 3.  And I am going to guess that TPTB are still trying to decide how they’re going to work it.  Knowing them, they’re screw it up.  Here is what what we know about the switcheroo, make sure you read if you’ve not already.

Anyway, since we are going to be STUCK with it, I thought we could take the time to share how WE would match them up.  For our purposes, we will ignore the elimination, and just match all 12 celebrities to a pro, and since I don’t know how they’re planning it, I’m adding the Troupe in also.

Here’s the Celebrities:










Billy Dee



Here’s the Pros:

















So…. YOUR job now is to rematch the celebrities to a different pro, and unfortunately, ALL must be rematched.  How would you do it, and why would you make the choices you did?

Here are mine. I picked two same sex couples, but, that doesn’t mean that the couples can be same sex or not for what they have planned.

1.  Amy and Henry.  I want her to stay with Derek, but since she can’t, I figured he is closer than the other choices.  Or Sasha.

2.  Diana and Cheryl, because Diana said she wouldn’t mind dancing with Cheryl.

3.  Drew and Derek, because I liked that ad, and I’m sure that both Drew and Derek can come up with a creative dance full of humor.

4.  Charlie and Karina because she is a top choreographer.

5.  Candace and Val.  No real reason, I just would like to see how he would work with her.

6.  NeNe and Maks just to see if there’s fireworks

7.  Meryl and Mark because he’s shorter than Maks.

8.  Danica and Artem just to see what he can do, since I’m not familiar with him.  I figure one week might be fine.  Or Sasha.

9.  Sean and Peta would make a gorgeous pair.

10. Cody and Emma because she’s young, and I’d love to see what she can do with a young partner

11. James and Sharna would make another gorgeous pair.

12. Billy Dee and Tony.  This was BY FAR the hardest pair for me.  I wanted to keep BDW with a female partner, but the ones I had left, I felt were just too young to pair with him, and I didn’t really want to shuffle the others around.  Tony’s always done well with older partners, so I chose Tony…. With a lot of hesitation.

March 22, 2014 I Written By

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DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba Interviewed About Her Judging Style, The Other Judges, And More has posted a new interview with Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba. At the link, you can read about her dancing days with Madonna (awww, The Girlie Show…one of my faves) and Jennifer Lopez, but, below you can read about her favorite contestants on Dancing With The Stars, the dynamic with her fellow judges, her judging style, and more. And while we’re on the subject: from one to five, how would you rate Carrie Ann’s judging style? I’ll meet you in comments with my take.

PARADE Who have been some of your favorite DWTS contestants over the years?
I like the comedians, because they’re fun to watch. Last year we had a great run with Bill Engvall. I love the underdogs.

What’s the dynamic like with your cojudges, Len Goodman and Bruno ­Tonioli?
We’re the three amigos! Len is old-school and regimented. Bruno and I look for artistic expression, but I love when people take risks. The only rule I don’t let the dancers bend is “no lifts.”

You are such a stickler for that! What’s the reason?
It was developed to make sure the older couples would have the same shot as the younger ones, because they’re just not as athletic. It keeps everybody on a level playing field. That’s why I stick to it.

What’s your least favorite dance style?
The Lindy Hop, because I don’t like to be thrown around. Salsa is probably one of my favorites, but it’s hard because I have a bad neck injury. I have spinal stenosis, and if I do the wrong move, I could be paralyzed. About seven years ago, I started having so much pain in my neck and back that I was losing my range of movement. So now I mostly do yoga and Pilates.

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Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Diana Nyad Writes Of First Week Of DWTS, Her New Dance Coming Up, And More

Diana Nyad has written a few blogs. First, below is one for the Huffington Post about her experience on Dancing With The Stars so far with partner Henry Byalikov. Her ego may be bruised after their first dance, but, she is not broken. Also, it’s not about how you start, but how you finish. Here is more including some hints about their next dance….

The first week foxtrot for Henry Byalikov and me was filled with pride. I may not bring the stuff of Olympic ice dancers but we worked our butts off and I was thrilled to pull off a proper foxtrot, something entirely alien to me just one week prior.

Matter of fact, I was proud of ALL the contestants, to watch them produce art and beauty and fun and put their best out there in front of a 20-million strong audience.

Every single one of the pro dancers (along obviously with my wonderful, talented, supportive, gracious Henry) have bent over backwards to give some guidance to me and all the rest of us competing. Max Chmerkovskiy, reputed bad boy, has especially extended a caring warmth to me. (I love when Max and Henry chat in Russian… Henry is from Australia but both parents are Russian. They call me “Dianaishka”… sounds very sexy indeed!)

Cheryl Burke and the other female pros have also reached out to give all kinds of tips and reassurances. (I’ve put it out there that if I am still in the competition by the time they switch partners for one week, I would love to do a dance with Cheryl). And don’t get me wrong. I ADORE my Henry…. just saying…

Perhaps it gets cutthroat later in the season, when the MirrorBall Trophy is on the line, but at this early-going stage, all 12 of us competitors are very supportive of each other. No matter the difference in our range of talents, everybody checks in with each other, asks how the particular dance of the week is going, shares what they’re experiencing. Charlie White and Meryl Davis, clearly superlative on the floor, are extremely giving. Amy Purdee is a doll, her disability a total non-issue. Candace Cameron Bure is a born mom, she takes care of all of our feelings. And Henry and I have had some fun practice sessions with NeNe Leakes and her partner Tony Dovolani, the jokester of the pros.

Henry putting me through the paces of the cha cha cha, our dance for Week Two, and I’m loving the rhythm. Much more relatable, for me, than was the foxtrot. I took an ego beating that first night. I worked so darn hard on that foxtrot and wound up near the bottom of the leader board. But what a great rationalization to feel you’ve got absolutely nowhere to go but up…

As I said that night — and we’ve all learned this the hard way — it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.

I love her determination. Lots more at the Huffington Post including pictures.

Diana has also written a piece for Adventure Blog about Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take where she compares swimming and dancing. I love what she says about Henry.

The common question these days is “How does the Cuba Swim compare to Dancing With the Stars“?

Well, that’s a patently absurd conversation. Cuba was a lifelong pursuit, an epic endeavor.

But, let’s leave those comparisons aside and focus on this DWTS experience.

It’s intense. In every way. I can’t speak, of course, for the other competitors. It could well be that Sochi gold medal winning ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis find these dances second nature. They were surely dazzling on the floor that first night of competition.

But for me, this is a fully new world, akin perhaps to going to Mainland China to learn Mandarin in a compressed few weeks. Every word, every movement, every transition is brand new to me.

I got lucky to travel this journey with my partner, Henry Byalikov, a young Australian who has been part of the DWTS troupe of dancers but this is his first season as a principal pro.

Henry and I have stepped into synch in a myriad of ways. He is a beautiful, elegant dancer and to watch him demonstrate to me every subtle nuance of the body, the move, of a cha cha is like learning meditation from a zen master.

More at Adventure Blog.

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Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.