Switch-up night on Dancing with the Stars is another one of my favorite nights. It is typically the night when struggling contestants find their way. Despite Nyle DiMarco ending up with the highest score (how does he keep getting better?), Jodie Sweetin made the biggest strides. Overall, it was an inconsistent night of dancing.
Wanya Morris performed a Tango with Witney Carson. It didn't move me. I don't know if it was the lack of chemistry or lack of choreography, but it was just okay. He got "eh" reviews from the judges, two 7s and two 8s for a 30.
Kim Fields' song was "These Arms of Mine" and that always throws me into fits of "Dirty Dancing" nostalgia. I have an emotional connection to the song. She and Keo Motsepe presented a Viennese Waltz that was beautiful. I ate up every second of it. However, it was very polarizing for the judges. Half said it wasn't a real Viennese Waltz, and the other half said it was a perfect interpretation. 28. Not terrible, but four 8s would certainly put her higher on the leader board.
Peta Murgatroyd was paired with Doug Flutie and she did NOT "dumb-down" the performance at all. Their Tango was chock full of content. I was actually impressed with Flutie this week. 28. Doug's best score to date.
I got winded watching Ginger Zee's Salsa with Mark Ballas. En fuego. There was a step or two when she didn't quite keep up with him, but wowie-wow did she ever tear up the floor! Nailed it, Ginge! 32, which Val Chmerkovskiy took some issue with. Me too, Val. Me too. Where the 9s at?!
I find it hilarious that Antonio Brown was wearing purple and gold while doing a Cha Cha with Karina Smirnoff. I can't believe he didn't demand black and yellow! Anyway... again, I wasn't blown away by this dance. It was fine, but it lacked content. He did wow me with an opening front flip, but after that, it was his charisma that carried him. Maybe if he didn't show up to rehearsals an hour late he'd get better reviews. 26.
Paige VanZant was paired with Sasha Farber and they painted some beautiful pictures together. Their Rumba was moving and poetic. Their chemistry was shining. Great team. 31
Von Miller's Jive with Lindsay Arnold was cute and fun, but Von had more to give. His movements weren't big enough for me. 29
Len described Nyle and Sharna Burgess' Viennese Waltz as an eclipse. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, wow. Nyle is just amazing. I say it every week, but he is breathtaking. This is the best "star" choice DWTS has ever made. He is captivating. 37, with the first 10 of the season from LEN. That's saying something, friends.
Jodie came out with something to prove! She commanded the dance floor during her Paso Doble with Val. I think she was gathering power from her super-flowing Paso skirt, I don't know. She rocked it. Definitely her best performance of the season. 35 for Jodie!
No elimination this week. I guess because it's switch-up week? I need to get on a DWTS newsletter, I can never keep track of this stuff! I'm worried a worthy star is going to get dropped, because Flutie's fan base is rocking. I can't believe Antonio's fan base is smaller than Flutie's, but if it is, he might be toast. Not boomin.' Not boomin' at all.