It’s the week “Dancing With the Stars” fans have been waiting for: the “Switch Up”! But while audiences are on the edge of their seats to see the newly paired Season 21 contestants take the floor during Week 5 of the hit ABC dance competition, there’s one participant who’s not so excited to go toe-to-toe with a new partner.
When Paula Deen learned she’d be two-stepping with Alexa PenaVega’s partner, Mark Ballas, during the upcoming installment of “DWTS,” the butter-loving chef was a bit disappointed.
“Oh, Mark. Oh, no,” Paula says in reaction to the unveiling of her new partner in a sneak-peek clip from Week 5.
But the Southern chef quickly explains in the promo video she’s not upset with who fans of “DWTS” chose as her new ballroom sidekick -- she’s just nervous to take on the jive with someone so “edgy.”
— Paula Deen (@Paula_Deen) October 9, 2015
"You're not going to be able to take me, honey. ... You're so edgy,” the 68-year-old celebrity contestant tells her 29-year-old, hip partner, adding she’s “so scared” to perform with him.
“Why are you scared?” he questions Louis Van Amstel’s partner, only to have Paula reveal that she doesn’t think Mark has the patience to dance with someone like her.
“Girl, I have patience tattooed on my wrist,” Mark rebuts, proving he might just be the perfect fit for Paula after all. “I’m the king of patience.”
That news seemed to warm Paula’s heart -- but she had one last request for Mark before the two began their Week 5 rehearsal.
“I want you to pick me up one time and turn me upside down like you do those other girls,” she says, climbing up Mark and sending him into a fit of giggles.
“He might need to go get the other arm tattooed with ‘more patience,’ ” Paula quipped.
Paula revealed in her blog she’s been enjoying her time with Mark.
“He is just so much fun to spend time with,” she said, revealing that although their rehearsals are hard work, they’ve been “a lot of fun, too!”
Fans can catch Mark Ballas and Paula Deen shake it out on the ballroom floor when “Dancing With the Stars” airs Week 5 of Season 21 on Monday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.