Stars: Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Danica McKellar,  Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Cody Simpson, Drew Carey, Amy Purdy, Charlie White
Network: ABC, airs Mondays
Original Telecast: April 7th, 2014

It’s Freaky Friday on DANCING WITH THE STARS – well, not really but there was a great switch up tonight, an interesting and successful experiment for sure. The great switch-up – where for just one week they switch partners and see how it goes – went surprisingly well . Even though there were some definite personality differences, it makes you realize that the producers do know what they are doing when it comes to matching the duos up in the first place. Still, it was fun to see some awkward happenings and unique moments with the mix ups, definitely something they should do again.

The night, again, belonged to Meryl Davis who changed one Chmerkovskiy for another. She and Val scored the top marks of the night with an almost perfect 39 out of 40. While her usual partner Maks paired up with Danica McKellar – Val’s regular partner – earned 32 points for the week. James Maslow danced with Cheryl Burke and earned a 35, landing him in second place. Amy Purdy Salsa’d with Mark Ballas and came in third with a respectable 34 points. The bigger shock was seeing Candace Cameron Bure continue to earn low scores. She ended the night in last place this week when she Quickstepped with Tony Dovolani and received just 28 points. I am sure she can’t wait to get back to Ballas. In fact, as polite as all the stars were with their “temporary” partners, it was obvious they were ready to go home again and re-team up with their official dance buddy.

Candace Cameron Bure (actress) her partner Tony Dovolani (Mark Ballas)
Tony certainly brought something different out of her. Carrie Ann Inaba called her Quickstep fun. Len Goodman said it was hair raising. Guest judge Julianne Hough said it was too gaped. Bruno Tonioli said that she went for it.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 7, Harland – 8

NeNe Leakes (reality TV star) and her partner Derek Hough (Tony Dovolani)
So funky! Inaba said she killed it. Goodman said her Jazz was her best dance yet. Hough said she was awesome. Tonioli called her the queen of sheba.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 8, Harland – 8

Cody Simpson (singer/actor) and his partner Sharna Burgess (Witney Carson)
He gained some elegance. Goodman said his out of hold was better in his Foxtrot. Inaba said she saw improvement. Tonioli said he needed to gain more control. Hough wanted to see him do something totally un-Cody.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 8,  Harland – 8

Charlie White (Olympian) and his partner Peta Murgatroyd (Sharna Burgess)
Flawlessly hot! Inaba said it was intense but there was a lift. Goodman said it was no Rumba. Hough said it was stunning. Tonioli loved it.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 9, Hough – 9, Harland – 9

Drew Carey (actor/TV host) and his partner Witney Carson (Cheryl Burke)
He always looks like he is having fun. Goodman called his Cha Cha Cha terrific. Inaba said it was fantastic. Hough said it was a turning point for him. Tonioli called him a sugar daddy.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 9, Harland – 8

Amy Purdy (Olympian) and her partner Mark Ballas (Derek Hough)
She can shake it. Inaba thought her Salsa was excellent. Goodman said it was full of content. Tonioli said he couldn’t see anything wrong with it. Hough called it amazing.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 9, Hough – 8, Harland – 9

Danica McKellar (actress) and her partner Maks Chmerkovskiy (Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
You can see why they hook up certain people with specific dancers. Inaba said her Jive was shining. Goodman said it had high energy. Hough said she couldn’t wait for her to go back to Val. Tonioli said it was precise.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 8, Harland – 9

Meryl Davis (Olympian) and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy (Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Beautiful lifts. Inaba said she was untouchable. Goodman called her Argentine Tango the dance of the night. Hough said it was stunning. Tonioli called it seductive.
Scores: Inaba -10, Goodman – 9, Tonioli – 10, Hough – 10, Harland – 10

James Maslow (singer/actor) and his partner Cheryl Burke (Peta Murgatroyd)
Some things can’t be forced. Inaba said she thought his butt looked fine but Tonioli thought it stuck out too much. Hough said he is the total package. Goodman said his Tango was burning hot.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 9, Hough – 9, Harland – 9

Who Went Home: No one eliminated
Who Has Legs To Take Home The Mirror Ball: It’s the Olympians – Meryl and Charlie vs. the pop star – James.

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