'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5: Nyle DiMarco, Jodie Sweetin and Ginger Zee Shine in Switch-Up Week
By Zach Seemayer
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It was Switch-Up Night on Week 5 of Dancing With the Stars on Monday, which led to some interesting tension as the celeb contestants had to learn how to adjust to a brand new partner.
After building up a rapport over the first four weeks of competition, some new couples had a tough time getting in sync, while other contestants shined brighter than ever, given a breath of fresh coaching style.
While things will be getting back to normal next week, here's a look at the stars who thrived under the challenging conditions and delivered the night's most memorable performances.
The Boyz II Men star was paired with Witney Carson this week, and the two powerhouse performers danced an sultry tango set to James Bay's "Hold Back the River," which the GRAMMY nominee played live as they danced.
Their dance received mixed reviews, with judge Len Goodman and guest judge (and former DWTS pro) Maks Chmerkovskiy handing down pretty strong critiques, while judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba loved it. Ultimately, the pair earned a formidable score of 30 out of 40. It's a testament to Morris' talent that even on his worst night thus far he's still one of the best performers in the competition.
4. Paige VanZant
The UFC badass, who's also been near the top of the leaderboard almost every week, was teamed up with Sasha Farber, and the two pulled off a stunning, sexy rumba set to One Direction's single "Perfect." The judges agreed that the song title was apt given the impressive routine, and the couple walked away with a score of 31.
The GMA weather anchor and new mom joined Mark Ballas for a wildly energetic, sexy salsa in bright, yellow ensembles. It's clear that no matter who Zee is partnered with, she knows how to deliver an entertaining routine and look amazing while doing it.
After earning the top score during last week's Disney Night, Zee and Ballas were rewarded with four '8's from all the judges on Monday, giving them a 32. It was the highest score of the night, until two other stars hit the stage and danced their hearts out.
2. Jodie Sweetin
The Fuller House star, who has been struggling in recent weeks to earn the kind of scores needed to secure her a place in the competition, was partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy this week, and it was just the shot of adrenaline (and rigid rehearsal style) that Sweetin needed.
The talented twosome pulled off a pulse-pounding paso doble, set to Calvin Harris & Alesso's "Under Control" with a laser lightshow backdrop, and it was a jawdropping improvement over any dance she's done thus far. The performance earned them a 35, Sweetin's highest score of the season by a large margin.
Sweetin spoke with ET after the show where she opened up about how she accomplished her impressive performance. "Going into tonight I was ready! I was calm, I was prepared, I had a partner that really pushed me and worked me really hard this week," she explained. "It was fantastic!"
After ruling the dancefloor as Tarzan on last week's Disney Night, it was going to be hard for DiMarco to top that memorable shirtless performance -- especially while getting partnered with a new pro, Sharna Burgess. Since DiMarco is deaf, he and his regular partner, Peta Murgatroyd, have spent weeks developing a system of communication, which Burgess wasn't familiar with.
Despite what could have been the toughest Switch-Up performance for any of the contestants, DiMarco and Burgess performed a flawless waltz set to "I Get to Love You” by Ruelle. Setting the romantic mood with a fog-covered stage, the performance left Inaba in tears as the judges gave their feedback.
While Chmerkovskiy and Tonioli both held up their '10' paddles, they apparently entered an official score of 9 each, as did Inaba (the whole thing was a bit confusing). However it was an official "10 from Len" as Goodman gave DiMarco the first perfect score of the season. They won the night with a score of 37.
"I got the best dance of the week, so I'm happy with that!" DiMarco said through his interpreter while speaking with ET after Monday's show.