The temporarily-paired duo did the Tango for Switch-Up Week, set to “Pompeii” by Bastille, which earned them a total of 40 points! Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even gave them a standing ovation before their perfect score was announced.
“This week, I’m paired with Derek instead of Mark [Ballas]. Their styles are very different as to how they teach. But I feel like we could not have asked for a better switch up. It has been such an easy transition,” Alexa wrote in her People blog.
She added, “Derek is very, very sweet. He was just telling me, ‘I’m normally way more fun but I’m just drilling this stuff into you and I only have one week so I’m just trying to teach you as fast as I can.’ I was like, ‘I’m having a great time!’”
“I have Alexa for the switch-up and she’s awesome. She has an amazing capacity for movement. She can truly be a great dancer. My goal with her is polishing everything,” Derek wrote in his recent blog.
He added, “I want refinement and to make her look clean and strong. We have a pretty cool concept in mind too for our tango. It’s only her second ballroom dance after her first this week, but I don’t feel like she’s behind or anything. She’s doing great and learns quickly.”
40+ pics inside of Alexa, Carlos, Derek and Lindsay…
The 27-year-old actress joined her husband Carlos at the studio, where they both carried in huge bags of necessities.
“This is one of the coolest things. At the Australian Zoo this baby Koala bear was named after me. Meet Derek Hough the Koala Bear!” Derek wrote on Instagram a week after the Australia Zoo announced the news.
He added, “Planning my trip to Australia now to go meet him.”
Alexa PenaVega steps out of the studio in a long flowy dress after a rehearsals with switch up partner Derek Hough in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening (October 7).
The 27-year-old actress stopped by KTLA the next morning for an early interview to chat about switching partners for the week and competing against husband, Carlos.
“Up until that point…see that’s the thing, I love my husband so much and I believe in him, up until that final moment until it’s just the two of us and then I gotta bring it,” Alexa admitted on the show about possibly being up against Carlos for the mirrored ball trophy.
She added, “But that’s what makes it fun. We do it all in fun. We’re going to give it our all, but the other night he was like, ‘Babe, I love you so much, but if we get to the finals, you’re going to have to let me win.’”
Alexa PenaVega – Interview Live On KTLA (DWTS Switch-Up Week)
25+ pics inside of Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough…
The 17-year-old conservationist earned the season’s first 10 for her performance for Most Memorable Year week.
“Bindi you are a magnificent human being who transforms not just the energy surrounding you but living beings that are blessed with your positive high vibrating charge . Your heart is unlike anything I’ve ever seen or felt. You are living your purpose. So proud of the person you are. I love you dearly x @bindisueirwin,” Derek wrote on Instagram later that night.
Bindi and Derek are also pictured arriving for practice at the studio for Switch Up Week the next day.
“This week on @dancingabc is focused on Most Memorable Year and has been filled with many emotional moments. Words can’t express how grateful I am for all of the support from @derekhough. He has been there to help me on this journey and create something beautiful that means so much to me, for Monday night’s show. His strength and hugs are getting me through this week – as a friend and big brother. #TeamCrikey,” Binditweeted earlier in the day.
Bindi Irwin looks to be in a bright mood after Dancing With The Stars practice with Derek Hough on Saturday afternoon (October 3) in Los Angeles.
The 17-year-old conservationist warned fans that this upcoming show would be emotional and sent a little message to Derek over Instagram.
“This week on @dancingabc is focused on Most Memorable Year and has been filled with many emotional moments. Words can’t express how grateful I am for all of the support from @derekhough,” she wrote.
Bindi continued, “He has been there to help me on this journey and create something beautiful that means so much to me, for Monday night’s show. His strength and hugs are getting me through this week – as a friend and big brother. #TeamCrikey.”