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Post by LadyMustang65 on Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:42 pm

They have announced the pairings for next week's switch-up.  This is from People Magazine:

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But Switch-Up Week is here whether Grier likes it or not, and PEOPLE can exclusively reveal who is paired with whom:

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I think it looks like some nice match-ups.  Should be interesting.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:48 pm

I was kinda hoping that Alek would get Sharna or Whitney but Emma is okay I guess.  I think Bindi got the best of the male dancers (JMO).  


It will be nice to see Maks back on the set even if it is as a judge but I don't ever expect him to come back as one of the dancing pro's.  He left when he was on top and I think that was smart of him.  He is doing quite well without this show.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:12 pm

Here's a list of the dances they are going to be doing from PureDWTS:


Alexa and Derek (Mark) – Tango
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Hayes and Allison (Emma) – Viennese Waltz
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Alek and Emma (Lindsay) – Rumba (Song: “Let it Go” by James Bay)
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Andy and Sharna (Allison) – Argentine Tango
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Carlos and Lindsay (Witney) – Quickstep (Song: “Bossa Nova Baby” by Elvis)
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Nick and Witney (Sharna) – Paso Doble
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Paula and Mark (Louis) – Jive
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Tamar and Louis (Val) – Samba
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Bindi and Val (Derek) – Cha-Cha
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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:17 pm

Thanks for the list of dances.  Seems like it should be a good show!

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:08 am

And the guest judge tonight is none other than:
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YAY!!!!!

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:59 am

Yay, indeed!   Smile


Overall, I thought this was a really good show that I enjoyed very much.  I thought it was crazy the way 10s were being thrown around, but what can you do? 

Tamar and Louis - Tamar is technically very good, but I didn't think this was her best dance.  She seemed to have some balance issues and was a bit "flail-ly" maybe?  It wasn't bad but it wasn't really good either.  Or I should say she wasn't consistent.  Some parts looked very good to me; others not so much.  She really does seem to have trouble emoting when she's dancing.  So far I think the Charleston she did with Val early on was her best dance.

Hayes and Allison - I don't think Allison did him any favors.  That was not a good dance.  I actually thought he was almost better than she was.  She was very flail-ly as well and not at all smooth.  It was a decent effort, and I thought Hayes did pretty well, but I wasn't crazy about Allison's choreography or the jerkiness of the dance as a whole.

Paula and Mark - Well, alrighty then.  < lol >  I don't really know what to think.  It was typical bizarre Mark choreography, but it was fun, and I enjoyed the creativeness.  It was also very slow for a jive, and if she did any kicks or flicks, I totally missed them.  I'm ready for her to go.

Alek and Emma - I really liked this one.  I thought Alek did a great job and was very smooth.  It was a pretty dance that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Really good job.  I wish he could stay with Emma.  Not that Witney isn't good because she is, but he seems to be more at ease when dancing with Emma.  Or maybe it was just a fluke.  But I think this was his best dance.

Bindi and Val - You know, I almost wish these two had been paired from the start.  This was a fantastic dance - I think she really inspired Val; the choreography was great.  And I really like the chemistry between these two better than between either Bindi  and Derek or Val and Tamar.  This was I think the best dance she's done.  I loved it.   When they first posted the scores, I thought she should have gotten at least one more 10.  This dance was every bit as good, if not better, than her contemporary last week.  Don't know why Bruno gave her a 10 for that one but only a 9 for this one.  But by the time the show was over, there was no doubt in my mind she should have scored higher for this dance.  If Carlos was worth a 39 and Alexa a 40, then Bindi was certainly worth more than a 37.  I went back and re-watched this just to make sure I wasn't misremembering, and it was just as good the second time around.  Honestly, this was my favorite dance of the night.  I loved the choreography, the music, the dancing, etc. 

Carlos and Lindsay - I wouldn't have given it 3 10s, but this was one of the best dances of the night.  Carlos really improved this week with Lindsay.  He did a great job, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  This was, I thought, Carlos' best dance by a long shot.

Alexa and Derek - First off, I hate that skirt they had her in.  Boy was that ugly, and it hid her legs too much.  Aside from that, though, that was a really good dance.  That was definitely Alexa's best dance so far.  Can we get some of these switch ups to stay?  I have not lately been a fan of Derek's choreography, but I loved this.  That was great.  The bit in the middle where all 6 were together was very inventive.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  I'm not sure about a perfect 40, but I thought she was better than Carlos, so I guess it's okay.  But honestly, given the 39 for Carlos and a 40 for Alexa, Bindi was robbed.

Andy and Sharna - oh yeah.  He definitely improved with someone who can actually dance and teach ballroom.  For me that was his best dance and showed that he really has some potential.  Again makes me really wish some of these switch-ups could become permanent.

Nick and Witney - This was a good dance, but I kind of agree with Maks that it wasn't my cup of tea.  I love the paso, but this seemed too fast.  Not Witney's fault - that wasn't good music for a paso, imho.  Overall I thought he did a good job with it, though.

I thought Maks did a good job as a judge, but I would have liked him to have given more specific and constructive tips to the celebs.  I do like him, though, and he was looking quite handsome.  Didn't like that suit, though.

And my condolences to Tom Bergeron.  What a trooper to be able to do the show when his father had just passed away. 

They said something about next week being iconic dance week or something??  Are they doing another show where they recreate dances from previous seasons?  I didn't hear the explanation, if one was given, for what exactly they're doing next week.  Also, is there a double elimination next week since they skipped this week?  Or will they do a double later on?

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:43 pm

Thank you for a good overall critique LM.

I thought Tamar looked very uncomfortable with Louis and the dance they were doing.  She does seem more at ease with Val now and it seems this switch set her back somewhat.

Seems like Hayes slipped back a bit with Allison after he had done so well last week.  I'm just not an Allison fan and I don't think she is a very good instructor or choreographer.  I bet Hayes will be glad to get Emma back.

Paula and Mark did a cute little skit but not much of a Jive.  She looked like she was having a good time but she should be the one to go next.

Alek seemed to be really taken by Emma and he was cracking me up in the package before the dance.  That's the most animated I've seen him in front of the camera's which I don't think he feels that comfortable with but it was pretty clear that he thought Emma was pretty darn hot.  I do like Alek with Lindsay though and would not like to see him change partners right now.  Lindsay is his partner not Whitney and I still think that Alek and Lindsay have the best connection and chemistry on the dance floor of any of the couples.  I will admit the chemistry he showed with Emma was sizzling.  I think that Maks was right when he said that Alek was the dark horse this season.  I just thought that his scores were a bit low - he should have had at least all 8's considering the scores that flew out after his dance.   This was lower scoring than he has had with Lindsay.

I agree that that was Bindi's best dance and I thought she should have had at least one more 10.   I did like her with Val but she seems to get along with everyone and seems happy with Derrick.

I thought that was Carlos best dance but was surprised to see three 10's.  Lindsay is a very good instructor and brought out the best in Carlos but I want her to stay with Alek.  

I did not care for the outfit on Alexa and agree with you - it was ugly.  It was Alexa's best dance so far and she did very well with Derrick.  Again I was surprised to see straight 10's but it was a good dance.

It was by far Andy's best dance and showed he does have some possibilities there.  I was beginning to think poor Andy just couldn't dance worth a hoot but with the right partner he can dance.  I didn't think it was any better than Alek's but he got much higher scores.  Maybe I'm missing something IDK.

Nick's dance was okay with Whitney but I like him better with Sharna.  It wasn't his best dance but okay.

The switch-up really shows how much having the proper pro for a partner matters.

I'm not sure what next week is supposed to be but something will probably be coming out about it in the next few days.  Some scored higher with the switch and some scored lower.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by singlyme on Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:29 pm

I'm afraid I missed Nick's dance.  The tape in the wee hours got a late start and cut off the end of the program.

I agree about Alexa's ugly skirt, but that was her best dance by far.

Also, Carlos' best dance to date.

Bindi - God love her.  She just goes with the flow and pulls out flowers and unicorns.  Great dance.

As for Paula, I agree it's time for her to go.  But I've gotta applaud the energy that went into that dance.  No flicks and kicks, but I'm sure I would've had a heart attack just doing what she did.

I concur, SLA, that Tamar looked uncomfortable with Louis.  She seemed unsure, as if she were dancing with a stranger.

Alek is always a pleasure to watch.  Andy did much better with a new partner.

Nick???  Missed his performance.

So good to see Maks sitting there.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:39 pm

Thanks for the correction, SLA.  I have been mixing up Witney and Lindsay since they were on SYTYCD.  < lol >  I also didn't realize that Alek's scores were that low.  I think I must have been in the other room when they were announced.  For me that should have been his highest scoring dance of the season.  I figured he would have gotten a mix of 8s and maybe a 9.  I really liked that dance.  I did feel a bit bad for him, though, with all the pushing of the showmance with Emma.  He was a good sport about it, but I'm thinking he probably wanted to dig a hole and crawl into it.  He doesn't strike me as someone who would be real comfortable with that kind of teasing in such a public setting. 

Singly - you didn't miss much really.  It was an okay paso but not great.  He performed it well enough, but the music didn't really fit for a paso, imho, and Nick didn't really get the "Spanish lines" down all that well.  And it was a very odd intro package that I don't think made either Nick or Witney look that good.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:49 pm

LOL LM - Lindsay and Whitney are easy to get mixed up.  They both have the same blond hair, even the same length and style.  To me they resemble each other in looks and size.  Yes I thought 8-7-7-7 was too low for Alek so he got the majority of my votes this week with a few thrown to Nick.

I don't think Alek feels comfortable in front of cameras or with all this public attention that has fallen on him so no I don't think he would like public teasing about a showmance at all.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:00 am

Hopefully they will lighten up next week.  For me anyway they've kind of crossed the line out of good taste.  Alek definitely should have gotten a few more 8s, maybe even all 8s.  That was a very nice dance.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by Guest on Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:57 am

Don't shoot the messenger, but I didn't care for Maks' appearance. Too much hair and beard, and didn't care for his clothing choice. The jacket looked like the top of a zoot suit. I think he is one of the sexiest men on earth but I was disappointed. JMO.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by Lesallee on Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:21 am

newto wrote:Don't shoot the messenger, but I didn't care for Maks' appearance.  Too much hair and beard, and didn't care for his clothing choice.  The jacket looked like the top of a zoot suit. I think he is one of the sexiest men on earth but I was disappointed.   JMO.
I like Maks with longer hair, he looks much younger and super sexy. I have to agree about his jacket choice, newto, but Maks has an eclectic fashion sense! 

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:58 pm

Newto - I agree about the suit.  Didn't care for it at all.  But I did like his hair and beard.  I like him clean-shaven as well, but he does the 'scruffy' look well too.  Smile

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:22 pm

I didn't like the suit at all - what was he thinking?  I didn't think he had any kind of a beard - it looked more like a 5 O'Clock Shadow to me.  The hair was a little long but better than that style they were doing awhile back where it was shaved on both sides - that was the most unflattering hair cut I have seen in awhile and hope not to see it again.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:25 pm

Here is the link to a postmortem that was done on PureDWTS on how the pros did with the switch up and there is also a poll on which pro you thought did the best:


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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:54 am

Agreed, SLA.  Now if we can just get Mark to give up the "man bun," I'll be a happy camper.  That is not a good look on anyone.  :\

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:19 pm

LadyMustang65 wrote:Agreed, SLA.  Now if we can just get Mark to give up the "man bun," I'll be a happy camper.  That is not a good look on anyone.  :\
That is a very true statement - I wonder who comes up with these silly fads for the men's hairstyles?  

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:39 am

Thanks for that link, SLA.  It was interesting, but also very predictable for them.  Of course Derek was the best.  Derek is always the best at everything for those guys.  And because Derek and Mark are best buds, Mark was second.  No surprise there.  And they've got Val all the way down at #6.  Why?  Because he got Bindi, Derek's partner, and Derek is so awesome that Bindi is so well trained that Val didn't have to do anything last week to be great.  The next two rankings both get dinged for having dancers that could dance and going overboard on the choreography, but Val gets no credit for NOT falling into that trap and going overboard with Bindi.  He made it just hard enough to be challenging and for the audience to know it was challenging but not so hard that she faltered.  Zero credit.  It would have been interesting to see where they would have ranked him if Maks hadn't given them that 10.  Would Val have been last for not being able to get a 10 with the incredible awesomeness that is Derek which naturally flowed over to his partner?  < lol >

Don't get me wrong - I think Derek is doing a great job this season with Bindi.  She's a definite top contender for the trophy this season, and I like her.  But the obvious favoritism at that site is a bit much.  I don't think there's been a worthy winner in the last several years anyway who wasn't Derek's partner.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by SLA44 on Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:55 pm

I had never seen this site before this year and I do see what you are talking about.  Derek is definitely their golden boy.  All I will say about Derek is that it seems he is trying to be more supportive of his fellow competitors this year.  He is doing a great job with Bindi but so did Val in the switch-up IMO.  I actually thought that was Bindi's best dance with Val.  But that is JMO.

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by Lesallee on Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:11 pm

SLA44 wrote:I had never seen this site before this year and I do see what you are talking about.  Derek is definitely their golden boy.  All I will say about Derek is that it seems he is trying to be more supportive of his fellow competitors this year.  He is doing a great job with Bindi but so did Val in the switch-up IMO.  I actually thought that was Bindi's best dance with Val.  But that is JMO.
For perspective on Pure, SLA, the same people run Pure Derek Hough and their entire focus on both sites is Derek, Derek, Derek. I do go there very occasionally to get some info on dances, music, etc., but I completely disregard their opinions on any of the dancers as their Derek bias is so blatantly evident,

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Re: Season 21 - Week 5 - Switch-Up week

Post by LadyMustang65 on Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:35 pm

So true, Lesallee.  I think the season I finally gave up that website was when they insisted Meryl Davis couldn't dance.  Maks' choreography was simplistic and boring, and Meryl had poor technique but she was a showman because of her skating career.  She was over-praised, over-scored and over-pimped, and the only reason she won was because TPTB had "promised" Maks the win if he came back for another season.  It was then that I truly realized that they're all nuts over there.

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