First perfect score of Season 5 on “Dancing With The Stars” Monday

It was the first time a Switch-Up partnership received a perfect score on DWTS. Can you guess whose routine impressed the judges?

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It was the Battle of the PenaVegas on Monday night's edition of
It was the Battle of the PenaVegas on Monday night's edition of "Dancing With The Stars." Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 12, 2015 – This season’s “Switch Up” was the most successful so far on “Dancing With The Stars.” Nearly every competitor improved his or her scores from last week, and several made significant gains in their performance skills and dancing technique. Yes, even Paula Deen.

There was no elimination this week, so the elimination after next week’s show will use two weeks of judges’ scores and fan votes.

The show’s first married couple battled each other for the top of the leaderboard, and it took the show’s first perfect score to do it from Alexa PenaVega, dancing a hot Tango with Derek Hough. Often the additional of troupe dancers is a distraction, but it worked well this time. It was the first perfect score of 40 from the four judges including Maks Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge. It is also the first perfect score ever given to a couple durign Switch-Up Week.

Alexa PenaVega, Derek Hough, and the troupe put on a perfect performance of their Tango Monday night. Photo: ABC
Alexa PenaVega, Derek Hough, and the troupe put on a perfect performance of their Tango Monday night. Photo: ABC

Carlos PenaVega benefitted from working with Lindsay Arnold, dancing a Quickstep with speed, precision, and energy. He seemed to be having a great time, and he was even happier when the judges rewarded the routine with 39 points. Only Maks held out with


Bindi Irwin’s fans were concerned about her pairing with Val Chmerkovskiy but they had nothing to worry about. Their Cha Cha Cha was enrgetic, sharp, and fun to watch. Dressed in bright yellow, it was nice to see such a sunny routine from Bindi after her emotional tribute to her father last week. The dance received 37 points.

Andy Grammer had a great week with new partner Sharna Burgess, and we had a great time watching their Argentine Tango. It was smoking hot, and everyone could feel the heat. It received 36 points due to a few footwork problems, which did not detract from the routine.

Nick Carter and Witney Carson put a lot of power behind their Paso Doble, perhaps a little too much as Nick’s posture wasn’t quite up to par. But Nick gives it all in his performance, and it was still good enough for 36 points.

Hayes Grief channelled his inner Prince Charming with Switch-Up partner Allison Holker. Photo: ABC
Hayes Grief channelled his inner Prince Charming with Switch-Up partner Allison Holker. Photo: ABC

Hayes Riley had a breakthrough last week with his wonderful Contemporary dance, but he didn’t quite rise to that level with a charming but slightly frantic Viennese Waltz with Allison Holker. He looked every bit the Prince Charming and his fans will help him out this week. Hayes and Allison scored 30 points.

Tamar Braxton drew the Samba with Louie Van Amstel. Van Amstel pushed Tamar, perhaps because it was his one real chance to shine with a talented star. But it proved a little too much with the fast rhythms and there were some balance issues. Tamar is a good performer and it helped save her. The pair received 29 points.

Alek Skarlatos warmed right up to his Rumba due to some smokin’ hot chemistry with new partner Emma Slater. The Rumba is difficult especially for the male stars, but he did well enough to receive 29 points – and even better, a date with Emma. Stay tuned, this switch up partnership is far from finished.

Mark Ballas drew a tough assignment, a Jive with Paula Deen. He put together a clever routine, simple enough that Paula was able to perform all of the choreography successful. The dance had a lot of sass and it was a good performance, but it was too slow and flat footed overall. The pair received Paula’s highest score of 26 points.

Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough rehearse their tango earlier Monday. Practice made perfect! Photo: ABC
Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough rehearse their tango earlier Monday. Practice made perfect! Photo: ABC

Next week singer Olivia Newton-John will be a guest judge. The stars will be back with their regular professional partners, dancing to “Famous Dances,” iconic routines from films, TV, and video. “Dirty Dancing” and Britney Spears got mentions. How about a little “Saturday Night Fever” – and surely something from “Grease” has got to be in the works. What routines would you like to see? Tell us in the comments!

Week 5 Results (Scores left to right are Carrie Ann, Julianne, Maks, and Bruno)

Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough (Mark Ballas): Tango, 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
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Carlos PenaVega and Lindsay Arnold (Witney Carson): Quickstep, 10-10-9-10 = 39 points
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Bindi Irwin and Val Chmerkovskiy (Derek Hough): Cha Cha Cha, 9-9-10-9 = 37 points
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Nick Carter and Witney Carson (Sharna Burgess): Paso Doble, 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
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Andy Grammer and Sharna Burgess (Allison Holker): Argentine Tango, 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
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Hayes Riley and Allison Holker (Emma Slater): Viennese Waltz, 8-8-7-7 = 30 points
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Alek Skarlatos and Emma Slater (Lindsay Arnold): Rumba, 8-7-7-7 = 29 points
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Tamar Braxton and Louie Van Amstel (Val Chmerkovskiy): Samba, 7-7-8-7 = 29 points
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Paula Deen and Mark Ballas (Louis Van Amstel): Jive, 7-7-6-6 = 26 points
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Communities Digital News expresses our sympathies on behalf of all our DWTS fans to host Tom Bergeron, whose father Ray passed away earlier in the day before the show. Monday’s episode was dedicated to him.

Maks Chmerkovskiy had his fun at the judges' table with Bruno Tonioli. Photo: ABC
Maks Chmerkovskiy had his fun at the judges’ table with Bruno Tonioli. Photo: ABC

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ 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 Wednesday.

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