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‘DWTS’ Recap: Meryl Davis Dances A Near Perfect Routine With A New Pro

Mon, April 7, 2014 10:29pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 9 Comments

Switching it up! The stars were assigned new partners for the April 7 episode. See who got paired up as well as who took the top spot and the bottom spot in our recap below!

Episode four of season 18 of Dancing With The Stars was full of twists and turns as co-hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron announced the results of the switch up! Every star was fan voted into working with another partner for one week — see who rose to the occasion and who faltered below!

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Switch Up — Pros Show Off New Partners

Candace Cameron Bure was switched from Mark Ballas to Tony Dovolani. They danced the quickstep. Head judge Len Goodman said: “You lost your posture a little bit but you attacked the dance, well done.” Bruno Tonioli said she had great energy but needs to work on her frame. They got a score of 28 out of 40! 

James Maslow was switched from Peta Murgatroyd to Cheryl Burke. They danced a sensual tango to Katy Perry and even kissed at the end! Guest judge Julianne Hough said: “You are the total package. Every season there’s the hot guy that takes off his shirt and they can only go so far, but for you, you have dedication, technique, passion, you have everything.” Bruno said he’s got to get his butt under control! “I didn’t notice the switch up at all and that’s what this night is about,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. Len said it was “burning hot.” They got a 35 out of 40, a point lower than last week.

Drew Carey danced the cha cha with Witney Carson rather than his original partner Cheryl. Witney went from having the youngest person in the competition, Cody, to the oldest! Bruno called him the “sugar daddy of show business.” Carrie Ann said: “I thought it was fantastic, I’m so happy for you!” Len said: “I haven’t had that much fun in a minute and a half since I was a teenager!” They got a 33, three points higher than what he got last week!

Then, we were treated to an amazing “Stars of Dance” performance staring and choreographed by Derek Hough. It was truly amazing!

More Pro Switches

Danica McKellar switched brothers from Val to Maks Chmerkovskiy. They danced the jive. “This is your most confidence dance ever but you weren’t quite in sync,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne got a lot of boos when she implied Maks just wanted to get through this week so he could get back with Meryl. They got a 32.

Charlie White was paired with Peta. During their sensual practice, Peta said she felt like she was cheating on James. Hmmm — are they dating? “As a performance, it was terrific. Is it a rumba? Not in my world,” Len criticized. “I thought it was absolutely stunning and beautiful,” Julianne said. Bruno called the performance “majestic.” Carrie Ann agreed with Len and said she didn’t think it qualified as a rumba. They got a 33, with scores ranging from a 7 to a 9.

Amy Purdy switched from Derek to Mark Ballas and danced the salsa. Julianne commented on their hot performance. “You continue to astonish me,” Bruno said. “I was looking for something wrong, and I couldn’t see it.” Carrie Ann said Amy felt more exposed. “Your bottom is the top,” Len said. They got a 34.

Cody Simpson was paired with Sharna Burgess. They danced the foxtrot with a bit of Cody singing in the beginning and the end! “I thought I was on Australian Idol!” Bruno joked. Carrie Ann said his hold has improved but he needs to work on his arms. “The performance was incredible,” Julianne said. They got a 31.

NeNe Leakes danced with Derek Hough instead of her usual partner Tony Dovolani. “You finally killed it,” Carrie Ann said. Len said it was her best dance this season. Julianne was jealous NeNe was able to channel her inner Beyonce. They only got a 32 and the judges got booed!

Saving The Best For Last

Mery Davis switched brothers and danced with Val Chmerkovskiy. They danced the Argentine Tango. “That was the dance of the night,” Len said. “You’re one of the most stunning, beautiful dancers I’ve ever seen. I would love to dance like you,” Julianne said. “Powerful and seductive, two magical instruments perfectly in tune,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said they were untouchable. They got a high score of 39/40!

At the end of two weeks of dancing, Meryl was at the top with 78/80 points and Candice was at the bottom with 60/80.

Remember to vote since there will be an elimination next week!

Who had the best dance of the night, HollywoodLifers?

— Dory Larrabee-Zayas

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