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Working with a new pro partner can be fun or end in a meltdown in Week 5 on 'Dancing With The Stars.'


SAN DIEGO, October 12, 2015 – Everyone’s favorite dancing experiment returns in Week 5 of “Dancing With The Stars.”

The nine remaining couples all dance with a new pro partner on “Switch Up Week.” Some of the couples turn out to be a great match, even better than their original partners. Some have a rough time adjusting, but they tend to be the starts struggling to keep up already.

Switching it up for week 5 on “Dancing With The Stars” Monday

In three seasons of switch-ups, this twist has never sent someone home who was likely to be the eventual champion, or even a finalist. It comes early enough that several stars who would leave eventually anyway risk elimination if things don’t mesh all that well. So everyone needs to relax and enjoy it – and vote to save someone who has a bad week.

Remember that tonight’s elimination reflects LAST week’s performance and not the switch. Communities Digital News hosts our weekly live fan chat so be in our virtual ballroom promptly at 8 p.m. to enjoy every minutes with us.

Former Mirrorball Trophy winner Maks Chmerkovskiy will guest judge alongside Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Each couple will dance to a different style of dance, including the Jive, Cha Cha and Tango. Celebrities will perform one routine with their “switch up” partner and return to their original dance partners the following week.

Andy and Sharna dance an Argentine Tango for their "Switch Up" dance. Photo: ABC
Andy and Sharna dance an Argentine Tango for their “Switch Up” dance. Photo: ABC

The partner pairing drawing the most concern among fans is Bindi Irwin and Val Chmerkovskiy, who will dance a Cha Cha Cha. This is among the easier dances and it doesn’t require an emotional connection beyond “Let’s party!” Here’s our prediction they will be near the top.

Remember when you are voting tonight, the vote goes ONLY to the star, NOT the pro partner. So if you are a big fan of Derek Hough, you need to vote for his ORIGINAL partner, Bindi Irwin, not Alexa PenaVega. Those votes keep Alexa on the show with original partner Mark Ballas.

Week 5 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Emma Slater (Lindsay Arnold): Rumba, “Let It Go” by James Bay

Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough (Mark Ballas): Tango, “Pompeii” by Bastille

Andy Grammer and Sharna Burgess (Allison Holker): Argentine Tango, “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weekend

Bindi Irwin and Val Chmerkovskiy (Derek Hough): Cha Cha Cha, “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

Carlos PenaVega and Lindsay Arnold (Witney Carson): Quickstep, “Bossa Nova Baby” by Elvis

Hayes Riley and Allison Holker (Emma Slater): Viennese Waltz, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor

Nick Carter and Witney Carson (Sharna Burgess): Paso Doble, “Don’t Look Down” by Martin Garrix

Paula Deen and Mark Ballas (Louis Van Amstel): Jive, “Shake” by Otis Redding

Tamar Braxton and Louie Van Amstel (Val Chmerkovskiy): Samba

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 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 Wednesday.

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