I thought that they picked partner names last year out of the hat....or am I mistaken?
Either way, the pairings do indeed smack of the AI unfairness with these predetermined partners. There was that couple last week in which the girl was a head taller than her partner and 25 pounds heavier...they didn't look good together and I kept wondering why they were partnered. Both of them could have been matched with other people and everybody would have looked better.
Glad that so many people see this as unfairness...so soon in the competition.