Dancing With The Stars: It’s Switch-Up week, Monday, 8pm EST – Live Chat

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Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas danced a creative Samba last week. Who do they dance with this week during The Switch-Up? Photo: ABC
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas danced a creative Samba last week. Who do they dance with this week during The Switch-Up? Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 12, 2014 – The nine couples remaining on “Dancing With The Stars” in week 6 will look a little different. It is the week of the “Switch-Up.”

The Switch-Up was introduced last year. Fans vote to give each star a different professional partner to dance with for one week. It is early enough in the season to have a lot of options for switches, but it is after the stars have a few months of experience starting with pre-season rehearsals behind them. If things go horribly wrong, no one is getting shut out of the finals because of a single bad week.


READ ALSO: LIVE CHAT: Dancing With The Stars: Switch-Up week, 8 p.m. EST


When DWTS first trotted this out, most fans were not happy about seeing their favorite couples “separated.” As my nearly octogenarian mother said recently, “I hate change.” But it was not the disaster everyone feared. Dancing with a new pro gives the stars a new perspective and new teaching techniques that can benefit them in the long run.


So for the second round of switch-ups, fans are far more enthusiastic and even looking forward to most of the pairings. Announced earlier in the week, the pairs for this week only and their assigned dance styles are:

Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke dancing Flamenco
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker dancing Bollywood
Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas dancing Hip-Hop
Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev dancing Burlesque
Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd dancing the Jitterbug
Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy dancing Broadway
Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson dancing Disco
Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough dancing the Charleston
Tommy Chong and Emma Slater dancing the Mambo

Candid snapshots of all this week's "new" pairs during rehearsal. Photo: ABC
Candid snapshots of all this week’s “new” pairs during rehearsal. Photo: ABC

Fans will see new dance styles for this season in the ballroom this week. The only repeat so far is Disco. Two are brand new to the show entirely, Burlesque and Broadway. The only classic ballroom styles are the Mambo and Charleston.

Some stars got a little advantage this week. After scoring a perfect 40 points on a routine from “West Side Story” last week with Janel Parrish, Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy should do a terrific job with a Broadway routine. Alfonso Ribiero should benefit from dancing with a strong veteran pro like Cheryl Burke in a Latin style, Flamenco. Derek Hough can work magic with anyone, and his Charleston with Sadie Robertson should be no exception.

At the other end, Witney Carson will have her hands full with Michael Waltrip dancing a Disco routine. Really DWTS producers, “Car Wash” is his song? We know Allison Holker is a versatile pro from her time on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and she has experience with Bollywood, but Antonio Sabato will need to work very hard to loosen up and learn this athletic, fast-moving style.
Hundreds of thousands of fans voted as the fourth judge last week. This week, singer Jessie J takes over in the fourth judge’s seat, and she will also perform on the show. Since you won’t be judging this week, you have plenty of time to join our weekly Live Chat. You can express your opinion with us, all fans welcome to our virtual ballroom.

Live Chat “Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Week 6 Assignments

(Original pro partner in parentheses as a reminder)

Alfonso Ribiero and Cheryl Burke (Witney Carson): Flamenco
Song: TBA
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Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker (Cheryl Burke): Bollywood
Song: “1234 Get on the Dance Floor” by Vishal Dadlani
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Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas (Derek Hough): Hip-Hop
Song: “She Came To Give It To You” by Usher
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Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev (Val Chmerkovskiy): Burlesque
Song: “Mama Knows Best” by Jessie J
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Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd (Allison Holker): Jitterbug
Song: “Rock This Town” by the Stray Cats
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Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy (Artem Chigvintsev): Broadway
Song: “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray
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Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson (Emma Slater): Disco
Song: “Car Wash” by Rose Royce
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Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough (Mark Ballas): Charleston
Song: “Crazy Stupid Love” by Cheryl Cole
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Tommy Chong and Emma Slater (Peta Murgatroyd): Mambo
Song: “Pass the Dutchie” by Musical Youth
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Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day. These votes count toward the following week’s elimination.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, Occtober 13, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

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