Fan Chat for ‘Switch UP’ week on Dancing With The Stars, 8:00 p.m. ET

'Switch UP" week is loved and hated, but it does separate the dancers from the wanna-wins; and its a lot of fun.


SAN DIEGO, April 18, 2016  – Dancing With The Stars ‘Switch UP week” is far more than a gimmick.  You can’t deny its fun to see what happens, but for the judges it is a chance for them to see who the mirror ball contenders really are.

Our stars are starting to understand the competition and are finding their fit on the ballroom floor. So, of course, it is time to throw them a curve by switching dance partners.

Each celebrity will perform a Cha Cha, Tango, Salsa, Paso Doble, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, or Jive routine. This week, those assignments were selected by fans voting via social media along with the new partners assignments

Who got the best of the switch? Fans granted Nyle DiMarco’s first choice; he will dance a Viennese Waltz with Sharna Burgess.

Are we allowed to openly swoon at the potential for this pair?

Wanya Morris dances with a virtual twin to his original partner Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson. They will dance a Tango.

Jodie Sweetin can bounce back from a rough week in her Paso Doble with Val Chmerkovskiy. Jodie can learn a lot from Val and there’s great potential here. There is also potential for Antonio Brown to make improvements with Karina Smirnoff if she gets tough with him for their Cha Cha.

We love the match between Kim Fields and Keo Motsepe dancing a Viennese Waltz, but the height difference might cause some trouble. Doug Flutie and Peta Murgatroyd dancing a Tango seems like a train wreck waiting to happen. Peta can’t get back to Nyle fast enough.

Maks Chmerkovskiy joins the regular trio of judges as the guest judge this week.

The assignments in alphabetical order are:

Antonio and Karina: Cha Cha, “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
Doug and Peta: Tango, “Black & Gold” by Sam Sparro
Ginger and Mark: Salsa, “La Malanga” by Eddie Palmieri
Jodie and Val: Paso Doblé,“Under Control” by Calvin Harris & Alesso
Kim and Keo: Viennese Waltz, “These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding
Nyle and Sharna: Viennese Waltz, “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle
Paige and Sasha: Rumba, “Perfect” by One Direction
Von and Lindsay: Jive, “Hips” by Beans & Fatback
Wanyá and Witney: Tango, “Hold Back the River” by James Bay

Join Communities Digital News fan chat to discuss the dances and the dancers, 8:00 p.m. et.

At the end of evening, one star will be eliminated from the ballroom competition. But don’t be confused – the star is eliminated with his or her original partner, NOT his or her “Switch Up” partner.

If Doug Flutie goes home, Karina Smirnoff is also eliminated, not Peta Murgatroyd. Got it?

Which switch do you like best? Take our poll.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 4 on Monday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Week 4 Results

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot, 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
Phone: 800-868-3404

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: Quickstep, 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
Phone: 800-868-3410

Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Samba, 8-9-9-9 = 35 points
Phone: 800-868-3412

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Jazz, 9-8-9-9 = 35 points
Phone: 800-868-3401

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Samba, 8-8-9-9 = 34 points
Phone: 800-868-3409

Von Miller and Witney Carson: Viennese Waltz, 8-8-8-8 = 32 points
Phone: 800-868-3411

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: Quickstep, 8-8-8-8 = 32 points
Phone: 800-868-3406

Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: Cha Cha, 7-6-7-7 = 27 points
Phone: 800-868-3405

Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff: Jazz, 6-6-6-6 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3402

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook at is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

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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