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'Dancing with the Stars' announces 'Switch-Up Week' couples

"We've started work for Monday night and I've been having a blast learning from him," Bindi Irwin said of new partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

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Annie Martin
Bindi Irwin (R) with brother Robert Irwin (L) and mom Terri Irwin. The conservationist will perform with Val Chmerkovskiy on the 'Dancing with the Stars' switch-up episode. Photo by Bindi Irwin/Instagram
Bindi Irwin (R) with brother Robert Irwin (L) and mom Terri Irwin. The conservationist will perform with Val Chmerkovskiy on the 'Dancing with the Stars' switch-up episode. Photo by Bindi Irwin/Instagram

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Dancing with the Stars announced the season 21 Switch-Up Week couples Wednesday.

The ABC reality competition revealed the pairs on the People magazine website. The fan-favorite twist will see the contestants team up and dance with a new partner on Monday's episode Oct. 12.

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+ Conservationist Bindi Irwin will perform with Val Chmerkovskiy

+ Singer Nick Carter will perform with Witney Carson

+ Singer Tamar Braxton will perform with Louis van Amstel

+ Actor Carlos PenaVega will perform with Lindsay Arnold

+ Actress Alexa PenaVega will perform with Derek Hough

+ Oregon Army National Guard specialist Alek Skarlatos will perform with Emma Slater

+ Vine star Hayes Grier will perform with Allison Holker

+ Singer Andy Grammer will perform with Sharna Burgess

"Super excited to be working with @iamvalc on this #SwitchUpWeek with @dancingabc!" Irwin wrote of the news. "We've started work for Monday night and I've been having a blast learning from him. He's an inspiring person and I'm grateful for his kindness and patience guiding me through each step."

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"@WitneyCarson I've been such a fan of #TeamBrownSugar this season, so excited to work with you this week. Let's do this," Carter tweeted to Carson. "Well I'm honored. Lesssss doooo it. Team name anyone?" she responded..

Dancing with the Stars season 21 kicked off Sept. 14, and airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET. Irwin and her regular partner, Hough, are the No. 1 high-scoring couple of the season, followed by Braxton and Chmerkovskiy and Carter and Burgess, who are tied for No. 2.

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