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Dancing With The Stars announces partner switch, surprising no one

Dancing With the Stars fans woke up on Thursday to watch Good Morning America to find out how the voting worked out for the show’s Switch Up week. The nine remaining celebrities were paired with new pro dance partners after the Twitter votes were tallied.

Recently eliminated pro Tony Dovolani was on hand to share the results with viewers on the morning talk show. If fans were expecting major surprises, the switches definitely fell within party lines.

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It’s an open secret that DWTS has two major factions — the Derek Hough crew and the Dance With Me crew. Dance With Me is a ballroom studio franchise owned by three DWTS pros: Dovolani, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy. The switches resulted in celebs staying all in the family.

Hough wound up getting Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson, whose original partner was Mark Ballas, his best friend outside of the show. Ballas will be paired with YouTube personality Bethany Mota, who is Hough’s original celebrity.

On the DWM side, Chmerkovskiy and Artem Chigvintsev swapped partners. Chmerkovskiy has Lea Thompson and Chigvintsev is paired with Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish.

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These pairings shouldn’t surprise viewers since most fans support one camp or the other. They rarely cross party lines when it comes to the longtime dance pros. While the big switch is for one week only, it’s clear that no one wants to give a leg up to anyone of the opposite team.

What DWTS fans should be excited about is the fact that there will be some great dancing next week. The dance competition show revealed that there would be some fresh and exciting dances in the mix, including the jitterbug, Bollywood, burlesque and disco.

The celebrity guest judge will be “Bang Bang” singer Jessie J.

Here are the new partnerships:

  • Lea Thompson is now with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
  • Sadie Robertson is now with Derek Hough
  • Janel Parrish is now with Artem Chigvintsev
  • Bethany Mota is now with Mark Ballas
  • Tommy Chong is now with Emma Slater
  • Michael Waltrip is now with Witney Carson
  • Alfonso Ribeiro is now with Cheryl Burke
  • Antonio Sabato Jr. is now with Allison Holker
  • Jonathan Bennett is now with Peta Murgatroyd

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