Switch-up night on Dancing With the Stars usually goes one of two ways: A new duo finds their groove right away, and their surprising chemistry makes it a little awkward for the partner they left behind; or they’re a complete mismatch and fail miserably. This week we saw both, and yet some of the partner changes maybe worked a little better than they were supposed to because several celebs had their best dances of the season. So who got the first perfect score? Let’s get to the good stuff!
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Tamar and Louis
Samba | “End of Time” by Beyoncé
I love that Louis doesn’t shy away from saying he keeps it simple with Paula but is aiming to push Tamar as a dancer. While Tamar is always great, I did think that Louis could’ve challenged her even more, and they didn’t seem very connected which guest judge Maks agreed with. And considering it’s Beyoncé, I was slightly disappointed by the choreography. I mean, you gotta kick it up a notch when it’s Beyoncé! And there was more spice after the number when they rolled to Louis’ 2005 audition tape, leading him to call out the producers.
Judges’ Score: 29
Hayes and Allison
V. Waltz | “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
So Hayes is still going through puberty, which, yet again, reminds us how young he is (and how old I am), but I still love the kid. I was excited for this partnership because I could really see them hitting it off, and while the slower number maybe didn’t allow for them to show that off, it was still acceptable. I think Bruno compared him to a kangaroo, and Maks wasn’t a big fan either. And scandal! Bruno apparently turned in an 8 but held up a 7. I guess handing in the scores ahead of time is how the show does math so quickly.
Judges’ Score: 31
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Paula and Mark
Jive | “Shake” by Otis Redding
Did these two have more of an applause pre-dance than anyone else? I love that Mark is so theatrical no matter what the style of dance is, and he’s really giving this performance with Paula his all. But was this necessary? I feel weird about it. The judges went wild for the routine, though, so maybe I’m just a Debbie Downer tonight.
Judges’ Score: 26
Alek and Emma
Rumba | “Let It Go” by James Bay
It’s sexy dance week, Emma says, and Alek isn’t shy about telling us how hot he thinks she is. Do you sense a showmance? (I think Emma has a boyfriend, though.) Also, it’s interesting that Emma has never done a rumba on this show before? On the dance floor, these two are something else. It’s the first routine I didn’t take my eyes off of tonight, and all the judges seem to feel the same way.
Judges’ Score: 29
NEXT: The first perfect score!