1:03am PT by Natalie Stone
'Dancing With the Stars' Switches Up Partners, ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Gets Top Score
Dancing With the Stars' Monday night “switch up” worked out well for for Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson, but earned NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip the lowest marks on the scoreboard.
Wittily dubbed “Derek Dynasty” for the past week by pro dancer Derek Hough, Robertson switched partners with fellow contestant Bethany Mota and learned her Charleston moves from Hough on the Louisiana family farm. Season partner Mark Ballas was elated to find out that Robertson was paired with Hough and told The Hollywood Reporter: “Derek is amazing. He’s like family to me, so to be honest with you, when I found out that [Sadie] was partnered with Derek, I was like ‘Oh, OK. She’s safe,’ " adding, “We’re like the same person. He’s just the blond version of me.”
Donning a flapper-inspired sequined dress, Robertson scored a 36 out of 40 for her live performance and was surprised to get the top score of the night. “I was super excited. I was actually really surprised,” Robertson said. “It was really awesome and exciting, so thank you judges.”
The past week was also exciting for the Robertson family as a whole as Duck Dynasty son John Luke Robertson proposed to girlfriend Mary Kate McEacharn prior to his 19th birthday bash. “My brother and my best friend got engaged, so that was awesome and crazy,” Sadie Robertson said. “I knew two weeks before, so that was super hard for me to keep from her because we are best friends.”
When asked if she would marry young, Robertson replied: “I can see myself getting married young, but not yet. I’m a junior in high school.”
Looking ahead to next week, Ballas shared the news that team Quack Attack would have a slower dance to showcase. “[Sadie] has the rumba. It’s her first slow dance. It’s a sensual, sassy dance and we’ll be bringing out that side and really working on timing,” Ballas said. “It will be age appropriate; it will be beautiful. We’re going to go for more beauty and a heartfelt warming performance.”
Though the evening ended on a high note for Robertson, Waltrip and Witney Carson’s disco number earned the lowest score of the night at 20 out of 40. “I spun her, picked her up and put her down four times — never dropped her once. I mean, that alone should have gotten me some sixes. No close calls, very energetic, very solid,” Waltrip said. “I bet you that the people at home smiled during our routine and that’s entertainment. I think people really enjoyed what we did.”
Teams are safe from elimination for one additional week but will reunite with their original partners next week to find out who is in danger of being eliminated at the close of the show.
Tune in to ABC next week to see which “switch up” performance eliminates a jeopardized star as the show's 19th season continues.