Dancing With The Stars Week 4 preview: bracing for the switch up

Not everyone is smiling about switching partners this week on Dancing With The Stars. Photo: ABC

 SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2014 –  We like to provide informative preview columns for fans of popular TV shows like “Dancing With The Stars.” This week, Communities has to do a lot of extra digging, but we don’t mind getting our hands dirty.

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Producers of DWTS have kept most of the usual details confidential. We don’t know officially exactly what dances the couples are performing, or the dance order. We don’t even know which pros are dancing with which stars.

It’s the week of the dreaded “Switch Up.” Every star will dance with a new partner this week. It is only for one week, then everyone returns to their original pairings. Judging by the sighs and whining on last week’s show, the pros and stars act like lovestruck teens being kept apart by their mean parents. Chill out, everyone.

But with all the fan blogs getting intel from their DWTS Deep Throats, and reading between the tweets, we have a fairly good idea who ended up together.

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Peta Murgatroyd gave up the goods on her Twitter feed by commenting that she was driving through the Everglades in Florida. Huh, Charlie White is in Florida performing in “Stars on Ice” this weekend. Whoops! Reports over the weekend lean toward a Rumba.

It seems the Chmerkovskiy brothers’ fans on Twitter got their wish swapping their partners, which means we have Maks dancing with Danice McKellar, and Val dancing with Meryl Davis.

Fans of Derek Hough and Mark Ballas wanted to switch their partners, and were partly successful. Amy Purdy is reportedly paired with Mark. However, the Maks and Val fans decided to “stick” Derek Hough with NeNe Leakes so he wouldn’t take Meryl away from Val. Word is that it worked.

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Among the remaining four couples, Candace Cameron Bure drew Tony Dovoloni, James Maslow drew Cheryl Burke, Cody Simpson will dance with Sharna Burgess, and Drew Carey will dance with Witney Carson.

Lighten up, DWTS fan: Meryl and Maks will be back together next week after the Switch Up.
Lighten up, DWTS fan: Meryl and Maks will be back together next week after the Switch Up. Photo: ABC

Fan blogs are blasting the show’s producers, alleging they changed the voting rules on Twitter in midstream, throwing out votes not spaced correctly. There are more accusations being made than in the Benghazi or IRS Congressional hearings. To quote my favorite philosopher, Sgt. Hulka from the movie “Stripes,” lighten up, Francis.

Fans should enjoy the change of scenery. It’s only week four. The top stars will all advance safely. At this stage, it doesn’t really matter who goes out during the middle of the season, because the stars under the top tier group are all going home before the finals anyway.

ABC’s weekly DWTS news release says all of the couples will dance a new style for them and no two couples will dance the same thing. We have a Rumba for Charlie and Peta. Cody Simpson gave up in an interview that he’s learning the Foxtrot, which would be with Sharna Burgess. Two Aussies together should be fun.

The go-to fan blog for insiders, Pure DWTS, reports Danica and Maks are dancing the Jive, James and Cheryl are dancing a Tango, Amy and Mark drew a Salsa, Meryl and Val will perform an Argentine Tango.

When the fans aren’t swapping voting conspiracy theories, they’re spending time puzzling over the reported pairing of NeNe Leakes and Derek Hough. There is the height difference, and so far NeNe hasn’t burned up the dance floor. These two would admittedly look a little odd in hold, but not to worry. They will be dancing a Jazz routine.

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Hough is a brilliant choreographer and skillful instructor. He’s worked around injuries and limitations (Amber Riley) with previous partners. If Hough is able to bring out the best in a star who hasn’t looked so good up to now, his fans can say “I told you so!” to all the Hough haters.

Why does Derek Hough have haters? The same reason anyone talented and self-assured has haters. Prepare for NeNe and Derek to rock the house.

Bear in mind when you vote, you’re voting for the STAR, not the professional.

Week 4 Lineup (unconfirmed by ABC):

NeNe Leakes and Derek Hough: Jazz

James Maslow and Cheryl Burke: Tango

Danica McKellar and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Jive

Meryl Davis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango

Candace Cameron Bure and Tony Dovoloni: Quickstep

Cody Simpson and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot

Drew Carey and Witney Carson: Cha Cha

Amy Purdy and Mark Ballas: Salsa

Charlie White and Peta Murgatroyd: Rumba

This week’s guest judge is former DWTS pro Julianne Hough. She generally votes with the pack, so she isn’t likely to cause a ripple in the DWTS continuum.

Join us here at Communities for our weekly Live Chat during the show. Find out if our investigative reporting got the goods and let us know what you think of the new pairings and performances.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 4 on Monday night, April 7, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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  • jkubin

    I really don’t want to see anyone dancing with Maks but Meryl…
    however next week will be great after they have been separated!

    • Jacquie, our two little divas (said in affection!) will be back together next week. Meryl is dancing with Maks’ brother, she’s in good hands.

  • Sable Senegal

    I think this switchup is screwing everybody up.the good dancers are paired up with mediocre celeb s.

  • Truthful

    By the way, many don’t hate Derek, it’s some of his fans & their put downs of other pros. It’s also producers, & people like yourself who always give him magical powers. Derek is a doll, it’s you guys that cause the issue.

  • C P

    I am confused!! According to the internet NeNe and Derek are both 5’10”. Either that is wrong or I am the only one that has bothered to research it. Plus no insult to Mark Ballas but he is reported as being 5’6″ so that would have been a height difference match up. As long as NeNe doesn’t wear high heels they should be fine. I am anxious to see their dance. I am also anxious to see Amy and Mark’s dance. I think it will be fun to see the stars with a different pro for ONE week. However when a star wins does the pro that worked with them for the one week get a share in the mirrorball trophy?

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