“Dancing with the Stars” Season 18 has a new twist — for week 4, all of the celebrities are switching their professional partners. They’re going to go back to the originals after this week, but things are going to be a little bit weird for this go-round.
In other change news, Julianne Hough is the guest judge for this episode. They are also combining last week’s and this week’s scores — with the result that no one is going home in week 4. Instead, the combined scores (and votes, of course) will lead to an elimination in week 5.
Got all that? Good.
Candace Cameron Bure and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the quickstep
This is a surprising and odd choice for a quickstep — very rock-and-roll in the costuming, presentation and music. Hard to tell how technically good it is, but this is entertaining anyway.
Len: “You got out there, you attacked the dance. Well done!”
Scores: 7+7+7+7 = 28
Combined scores: 28+32 = 60
James Maslow and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the tango
Wait, who are those other guys? Apparently James has to fight to keep Cheryl here. And oh does he fight! If tangos are supposed to be aggressive, then this one is pretty much perfect. There’s also a hint of a kiss (definitely staged).
Julianne: “There’s always like the hot guy who takes off his shirt, and he can only go for so long … You have dedication, you have technique … You’re the total package.”
Bruno: “You’ve got to get the butt under control.”
Scores: 9+8+9+9 = 35
Combined scores: 35+36 = 71
Drew Carey and Witney Carson
Dancing the cha-cha
It’s not the fanciest cha-cha, but Drew seems to be doing pretty well with it. The guy is obviously having fun, if nothing else. There’s a knee slide too. You’ve got to love that.
Bruno: “You’re the splendid and confident sugar daddy of show business!”
Len: “You came out like a dancing Ferrero Roche.”
Scores: 8+8+9+8 = 33
Combined scores: 33+30 = 63
Danica McKellar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the jive
This is one of those black-and-white beginnings. Fortunately, it goes to color quickly — it’s hard to see the dancing without color. Nice dancing, but Danica has better chemistry with the other Chmerkovskiy boy.
Carrie Ann: “This is your most confident dance you’ve ever done.”
Scores: 8+8+8+8 = 32
Combined scores: 32+36 = 68
Charlie White and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing the rumba
What did they do to Charlie’s hair??? It’s all … flat. At least the dance is beautiful. If you can ignore the slicked-down curls, this might be one of the best dances of the season so far.
Len: “As a performance, it’s terrific. Is it a rumba? Not in my universe.”
Scores: 7+8+9+9 = 33
Combined scores: 33+36 = 69
Amy Purdy and Mark Ballas
Dancing the salsa
Well, they won’t have to complain about hip action with this one. There might be a bit of misaligned footwork toward the beginning, but that’s about it for flaws. They’re having a lot of fun out there.
Julianne: “You are here as a competitor and a fierce-a**, tight-a**!”
Scores: 9+8+8+9 = 34
Combined scores: 34+36 = 70
Cody Simpson and Sharna Burgess
Dancing the foxtrot
Whether or not a man can dance the foxtrot without looking ridiculous is a big deal on “Dancing with the Stars.” Cody doesn’t look ridiculous. He just looks like he’s out to have some fun.
Bruno: “When you’re in hold, you still don’t quite control your length of bone.” (???)
Scores: 8+7+8+8 = 31
Combined scores: 31+35 = 66
NeNe Leakes and Derek Hough
OMG. The costume. That’s insane. Kind of awesome, but definitely insane. As for the dance, it’s very Derek. Jazz is such a fluid style though that this might be OK.
Carrie Ann: “It was finally great to see you finally kill it.”
Scores: 8+8+8+8 = 32
Combined scores: 32+31 = 63
Meryl Davis and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the Argentine tango
It looks like Val might understand how best to use all that skating experience, because this is awesome and fast — both sharp and sliding, just like it’s on ice.
Len: “That was the dance of the night!”
Scores: 10+9+10+10 = 39
Combined scores: 39+39 = 78