Yes but followers have a preference too, if you've looked at them dancing you will see that some appear to be happier or 'better' when they are dancing to one orchestra or style of music over another. I like to match my partners to the music. Nothing worse than dancing with someone whose style is a total mismatching with the music. Incredibly frustrating.
However, it is harder to get ot of the tanda if it's the combination of partner & music that bugs rather than just not wanting to dance to that music at all.
I find that over time, it gets a little easier to anticipate what the next tanda might be, or at least what is it unlikely to be. It's unlikely to be the same as the tanda that just ended. This is especially true when the tanda was similar to the one prior to that.
If the DJ favors a certain thing, you might notice it's been awhile since some other certain thing was played, increasing the chances that it will be that.
Around here we also sometimes work a "dance card" system (without actual cards) where people agree to save the next _____ for each other, especially when very little of that gets played.
The bottom line is that not every tanda is going to be ideal. I've learned to accept it as just one tanda of one evening and there will be many more.
I also spend more time at "practilongas" now where everything is more relaxed.