Week 6 of season 17 on “Dancing with the Stars” changed things up as the show headed into the halfway point of the season. Instead of each couple doing the usual couples’ dance, they also had to participate in a group dance with a twist. The episode aired Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.4
The 8 celebrities each drew a paddle from a box. The paddles had either a 1 or a 2 on them and divided the 8 stars into 2 groups of 4. Each group would take the dance floor with their partners and wait for the music to begin. Once they heard it, they had to improvise a dance to it. After a few moments, the music changed and they had to adapt. The music changed several times throughout the competition and each time, the couples had to alter their performance to fit it.
The judges watched from their table and decided one by one who would be eliminated. The first to be eliminated earned 1 extra point, the second earned 2 points and so on, with the remaining final couple earning 4 points. The process was then repeated for the second group of stars and their partners.
It was like many other group dance elimination competitions the show has employed in the past with the twist being the couples had no idea what type of music would be played or which dance styles would best suit it. Surprisingly, there was little confusion and virtually no lag time during musical transitions. Here’s how the couples finished the Switch Up Dance Challenge:
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke – 2 points
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnov – 4 points
Bill Engvall and Emma – 1 point
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber – 3 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani – 1 point
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy – 2 points
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd – 3 points
Amber Riley and Derek Hough – 4 points
These scores were added to their earlier performance scores. Due to a technical glitch with the displayed voting phone numbers last week, no celebrities were eliminated.
Tune in Monday, Oct. 28 for the next episode of “Dancing with the Stars” season 17, on ABC.
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