The eight couples endure a crazy Switch Up Dance Challenge; Corbin Bleu geeks out Game of Thrones-style

October 22, 2013 at 05:32 AM EDT

I’m going out on a VERY tenuous limb (it’s just a feather with jeweled fringe hanging off) to say I kind of liked tonight’s totally absurd Switch Up Dance Challenge, in which the eight remaining couples had to improvise to a set of mystery songs, all under the threat of being “tapped out” at any time.

Sure, the results were predictable (has Derek ever not won a dance marathon?), but I dug the randomness of the groups, a heretofore unseen red sequined box prop (the red-velvet Mirrorbowl must have had the night off), and the way the music switches left Our Stars in dazed, uncompromising positions.

I don’t particularly want to see another S.U.D.C., I just got a chuckle out of it, is all. That’s pretty much all you can ask for, considering it’s the first “double dance” week for the contestants. They’ve made it to the halfway point of the competition! And to celebrate….

No one goes home this week, thanks to a technical difficulty at the end of last Monday’s Eastern and Central telecasts. Some of the voting numbers were incorrect, so no one had a clue who America really loves the most: the gal who wants to channel Anna Nicole Smith or the guy who thinks he’s Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones? The answer is likely neither. I’m pretty sure the ACTUAL answer would just be: Val. I bet if ABC put up this slide…

….at the end of next week’s voting reel and just labeled it “Val,” or “Scary Val,” or “Motivational Poster,” or even/especially “Val with Fangs” (they’d have to please add fangs), Val would win over any couple. They should try it next week. We got through the Switch Up Dance Challenge tonight; why stop now with the irregularities?

NEXT: Will the judges please reveal their scores? Carrie Ann Inahhhhh-ber!

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