If you missed fan favorite Nyle DiMarco’s breakthrough Viennese waltz with switch-up partner Sharna Burgess, receiving their first 10 from Len, you can always catch ABC’s ballroom dancing reality TV show On Demand any time. The On Demand programming from Bright House Networks is a series of channels that allow you to view shows on traditional and cable TV networks. During Week 5 (April 18) on “Dancing with the Stars” America’s Switch-up, the celebrities received new professional partners. Not only were many celebrities taken out of their comfort zones, a number of pro dancers were feeling the heat.
Former “Dancing with the Stars” pro and Season 18 champion, Maks Chmerkovskiy was the guest judge for the second consecutive season on this switch-up theme. It was in Season 18 when they first introduced this concept that’s been both frustrating and entertaining to watch. It was more of the former during Season 22’s telecast. Maks and head judge Len Goodman were actually in agreement with their grumpy (Len) and abrupt (Maks) judging critiques throughout the night. Not many couples received adequate reviews for this unique night under extraordinary circumstances. Those two judges set the bar too high. Thankfully there was not an elimination at the end of the show.
Out of the nine couples it was Nyle’s incredible pairing with Sharna that was the perfect storm of the night. It all came together on the dance floor with Sharna’s exquisite choreography and Nyle easily leading the way. Throughout the dance you literally forgot about Nyle not hearing the music. They say we only use 10% of our brain. Nyle is using at least 50% or more. Naturally the studio audience and judges loved the performance, so much so the judges’ scores reflected a total of 39 out of 40. Unfortunately it was only Len’s perfect 10 that were accepted. Nyle DiMarco and Sharna Burgess received the first “10” of the season.
Other highlights from Switch-up Night included Wanya Morris and his switched pro Witney Carson. Witney is not a fan of this theme whatsoever. Wanya and Witney opened the show with a tango to musical guest James Bay performing one of his biggest hits “Hold Back the River.” This was definitely one of Witney’s best switch-up partnerships.
Wanya’s original partner Lindsay Arnold was teamed with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. They had one of the most entertaining dances of the night. Lindsay devoted their jive to Von’s country roots complete with shades of line dancing. James Bay performed once again midway with another hit “Let It Go.” This time pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev and troupe member Jenna Johnson danced a steamy contemporary dance. Last season during Switch-up Night the song “Let It Go” was also danced as a sensual rumba.