The remaining Dancing with the Stars cast took on one of the toughest challenges of the competition as the teams engaged in "Switch-Up Night" for Week 5 of Season 22. Every star got a new partner for one night only. To make things even more interesting, Maks was back! Season 18 pro champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned as a guest judge watching fiancée Peta Murgatroyd do her dancing thing along with the rest of the cast. Which team came out on top on Switch-Up Night? Let's find out!
Wanya Morris & Witney Carson performed a Tango to "Hold Back the River" by James Bay, who performed the song live in the ballroom. Well, Wanya kicked of the evening in an action-packed way. That wasn't a good thing according to Len, who felt it was all too hectic. Guest judge Maks agreed with the head judge. Bruno was impressed by all the complex steps and assured him he's an incredible performer. Carrie Ann also felt Wanya delivered a solid dance. The judges scores: 8-7-7-8.
Kim Fields & Keo Motsepe did the Viennese Waltz to "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding. Maks felt it was a lovely dance from beginning to end, but it wasn't really a Viennese Waltz. Bruno felt the dance was like a series of beautiful pictures in a romantic novel. Carrie Ann saw a more sensual side of Kim in this dance. Len asked why there weren't any steps in hold as would be the norm in the Viennese Waltz. Scores of 8-6-6-8 were the scores from the bickering judges.
Doug Flutie & Peta Murgatroyd Tangoed to "Black & Gold" by Sam Sparro. Bruno could see Doug's determination to get all the steps right, but he needs to absorb the musicality. Carrie Ann loves the partnership with Peta adding that he didn't miss a step. Maks felt the dance was full of Tango. Karina was jumping for joy and Doug even got an Instagram shout-out from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Four 7s from the judges gave Doug is best total of the season.
Ginger Zee & Mark Ballas did the Salsa to "La Malanga" by Eddie Palmieri. Ginger's husband was in the rehearsal studio as his wife got up close and personal with her new partner. All that close body contact paid off with sexy, streetwise routine that had the crowd going wild. Len felt like he was in the club with this fantastic dance. Bruno was in a "frenzy of excitement" during the routine. Four 8s from the judges.
Antonio Brown & Karina Smirnoff did a Cha Cha to "Son of a Preacher Man" by Joss Stone. Katrina was unaware that Antonio is frequently late for rehearsals. He has a nice watch, but it's really just for show. Nevertheless, the team made it to the dance floor in time for a crowd-pleasing routine. Len felt there was too much bump and grind. Maks loves Antonio's shiny bling, but there was not enough content in the dance. Carrie Ann felt like this dance was a little under-rehearsed. Scores of 7-6-6-7 from the judges.
Paige VanZant & Sasha Farber did the Rumba to "Perfect (Stripped)" by One Direction. Paige did her best to work through the trust issues she mentioned during rehearsals. The team turned in a sweet, flowing routine that ended with the two new partners holding hands. Maks didn't feel there was enough Rumba in the dance. Bruno loved to see Paige dancing from her heart. Carrie Ann loves the multi-dimensional quality she has. Len felt the dance was acceptable but not exceptional. Scores of 8-8-7-8 from the judges.
Von Miller & Lindsay Arnold did the Jive to "Hips" by Beans & Fatback. He may play for the Broncos, but Von sure looked like a cowboy in his country-themed routine. The crowd loved it but the judges saw a few mistakes. Bruno loved the swagger and Carrie Ann appreciated that Lindsay was clever enough to go with her new partner's style. Len loved the fun and energy, but Maks wants to see something bigger. 8-7-7-7 from the judges.
Nyle DiMarco & Sharna Burgess did a Viennese Waltz to "I Get to Love You" by Ruelle. Tyra Banks popped by during rehearsals to remind Nyle just how amazing he is. Even with a new partner, Nyle didn't miss a beat in his lovely, atmospheric dance. Carrie Ann was in tears at the end of it. So was his original partner, Peta. Len likened it to a total eclipse. It's rare, but fantastic when it happens. Maks and Bruno were also extremely impressed. Scores of 9-10-9-9 give Nyle the top score of the night! NOTE: Maks and Bruno each held up a 10 paddle, but Tom Bergeron explained that wasn't the score they wrote on their pads to turn into the control room. Those are the official scores regardless of the paddles held up.
Jodie Sweetin & Valentin Chmerkovskiy did a Paso to "Under Control" by Calvin Harris & Alesso featuring Hurts. The night came to a thrilling with a very strong routine. Len says Jodie went from lemonade to champagne in a week. Maks feels Jodie is good enough to make it to the finals. Carrie Ann says it was, by far, her best dance. Scores of 9-8-9-9 from the judges.
There was no elimination in Week 5, but that won't be the case next time out.The quest for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy continues in Week 6 with "Famous Dances" night! Make sure you come back to the biggest dance party on earth MONDAY, APRIL 25 8|7c on ABC!