On “Dancing with the Stars” Season 19, Week 5 continues with questionable costumes and dances without real expertise.  The gimmick this week is the Partner Switch-up, but most of the dances do not have real rules so the scores are even more subjective. There was no elimination this week so the scores and votes carry over to next week.

This week head judge Len Goodman was absent again and his replacement was the 26-year old Jessie J, a London-born pop hip hop singer and songwriter. Luckily for her, there was little ballroom to be judged and we can call this another desperate move to gain younger viewers. And yet, there were no perfect scores and no tens awarded this week.

Sadie Robertson and her exchange partner Derek Hough performed a charming Charleston and received nines across the board. Lea Thompson &Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Alfonso Ribeiro & Cheryl Burke received two nines and two eights, but from different judges to be tied for second for the Monday night performances. The combined scores was a different matter. 

By introducing these non-ballroom dances at this stage, we get lifts earlier than we might, but we also get partners who aren’t used to each other performing them. Not the best situation for safety.

Sadie Robertson & Derek Hough (Mark Ballas)

Lea Thompson &Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Artem Chigvintsev)

Alfonso Ribeiro & Cheryl Burke (Witney Carson)

  • 34 (8, 9, 9, 8)
  • Flamenco
  • “Angelica”—Hans Zimmer
  • 1-800-868-3401

Janel Parrish &Artem Chigvintsev (usual partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy)

Bethany Mota & Mark Ballas (Derek Hough)

Antonio Sabato JR. &Allison Holker (Cheryl Burke)

Jonathan Bennett &Peta Murgatroyd (Allison Holker)

Tommy Chong & Emma Slater (Peta Murgatroyd)

Michael Waltrip & Witney Carson (Emma Slater)

Because there was no elimination this week, your votes from last week will be combined with your votes from this week just as the judges’ scores from last week and this week will be combined to determine who goes home.

The top three performers remain the same, but the order changes, bringing Ribeiro to the top, but only by one point over the two couples tied for second.

The low scoring three couples remain the same with Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker moving down to be second to the last.

No doubt that race driver Waltrip should trip off the dance floor due to his uninspired disco moves.

COMBINED SCORE:

Alfonso Ribeiro &Cheryl Burke (Witney Carson)

  • 34 + 40 = 74/80
  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Derek Hough (Mark Ballas)

  • 36 + 37 = 73/80
  • 1-800-868-3411

Lea Thompson &Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Artem Chigvintsev)

  • 34 + 39 = 73/80
  • 1-800-868-3407

Janel Parrish &Artem Chigvintsev (usual partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy)

  • 33 +36 = 69/80
  • 1-800-868-3405

Bethany Mota & Mark Ballas (Derek Hough)

  • 32 + 33 =65/80
  • 1-800-868-3403

Antonio Sabato JR. &Allison Holker (Cheryl Burke)

  • 28 + 29 = 57/80
  • 1-800-868-3402

Tommy Chong &Emma Slater (Peta Murgatroyd)

  • 23 +28 = 51/80
  • 1-800-868-3413

Jonathan Bennett &Peta Murgatroyd (Allison Holker)

  • 24 + 24 = 48/80
  • 1-800-868-3406

Michael Waltrip &Witney Carson (Emma Slater)

  • 20 + 25 = 45/80
  • 1-800-868-3409

From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

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