Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 21 - Week 5 | © 2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 21 - Week 5 | © 2015 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega, Hayes Grier, Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, Alek Skarlatos,Tamar Braxton, Paula Deen, , Andy Grammer,
Network: ABC, airs Mondays
Original Telecast: Oct. 12th, 2015

There is a new leader on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 21 – Week Five – Switch-up Night and her husband could not be prouder, even if she beat him. Yes, Alexa PenaVega and her switch-up partner Derek Hough nailed the first perfect score of the season, while PenaVega’s husband, Carlos, with Lindsey Arnold, came close to perfection with a 39. Guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy added some refreshing bluntness to the dance competition calling out contestants who he thought had a shot at winning and those who maybe didn’t. Hough’s regular partner Bindi Irwin came in third with 37 points while dancing around the ballroom with her switcheroo partner Val Chmerkovskiy. And even though last placer Paula Deen had a far from perfect score she still garnered her highest score with innovative dancer Mark Ballas who Jived her to a respectable 26 on the dance board. Next week, back to their original partners and another elimination. Stay tuned.

Alexa PenaVega (actress) and her partner Derek Hough (Mark Ballas)
Tight! Carrie Ann Inaba called her Tango incredible. Maks Chmerkovskiy said simply well done. Julianne Hough said she lit up the room. Bruno Tonioli said she had a complete metamorphosis.
Scores: Inaba – 10, Chmerkovskiy – 10, Tonioli – 10, Hough – 10, Harland – 9

Carlos PenaVega (singer) and his partner Lindsey Arnold (Witney Carson)
He’s having fun! Inaba said it doesn’t get any better than that. Chmerkovskiy called his Quickstep amazing. Hough said he owned that dance. Tonioli said it was magnificent.
Scores: Inaba – 10, Chmerkovskiy – 9,Tonioli – 10, Hough – 10, Harland – 9

Hayes Grier (social media star) and his partner Allison Holker (Emma Slater)
Inaba thought his Viennese Waltz was very sweet. Chmerkovskiy said it was too jumpy. Tonioli called it kangarooish. Hough said there was grace to it.
Scores: Inaba – 8,  Chmerkovskiy – 7,Tonioli – 7, Hough – 8, Harland – 8

Nick Carter (singer/actor) and his partner Witney Carson (Sharna Burgess)
Not his best. Inaba said he was consistent. Chmerkovskiy said his Paso Doble was not his cup of tea. Hough said he overdid it a bit. Tonioli said it was rock n’ roll.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Chmerkovskiy – 8, Tonioli – 9, Hough – 9, Harland – 9

Alek Skarlatos (army Nat. Guard Spec./hero) and his partner Emma Slater (Lindsey Arnold)
Great connection. Inaba gave them the thumbs up. Chmerkovskiy called him the dark horse. Hough said he is so close to being a contender. Tonioli said he needed to caress the Rumba.
Scores: Inaba – 8 , Chmerkovskiy – 7, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 7, Harland – 8

Bindi Irwin (TV host) and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy (Derek Hough)
Getting better and better. Inaba said she had great trust. Chmerkovskiy loved her Cha Cha. Hough called her a ray of sunshine. Tonioli said she lifted his spirits.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Chmerkovskiy – 10, Tonioli – 9, Hough – 9, Harland – 10

Tamar Braxton (singer/host/producer) and her partner Louis van Amstel (Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
No holding back. Inaba said she owned the dance floor. Chmerkovskiy thought there was a little disconnect. Hough called her Samba erratic. Tonioli said it was off balance.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Chmerkovskiy – 8, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 7, Harland – 8

Paula Deen (TV host) and her partner  Mark Ballas (Louis van Amstel)
So fun! Inaba called the Jive her best dance. Chmerkovskiy said he wanted to see more. Hough said she brought the cookies. Tonioli called her naughty.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Chmerkovskiy  – 6, Tonioli – 6, Hough – 7,  Harland – 6

Andy Grammer (singer) and his partner Sharna Burgess (Allison Holker)
His best! Inaba said it was hot. Chmerkovskiy called his Argentine Tango awesome. Hough said he nailed it. Tonioli said he had it.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Chmerkovskiy – 9, Tonioli – 9, Hough – 9, Harland – 9

Who went home: No Elimination
Who Has Legs To Take Home The Mirror Ball: Bindi, Nick, or Alexa


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