They share their stories. The Dancing with the stars contestants performed songs released during the most memorable year of their lives during the Monday, October 17, episode.
After each star had a chance to talk about the year that shaped them, Jessie James Decker and Alan Bersten and Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki had the lowest scores of the night. Monitoring Selma Blairthe announcement that she will leave the competition early due to health issues due to her battle with multiple sclerosis, Tyra Banks explained that this week’s elimination will be moved to the Tuesday, October 18 episode.
After finding themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard last week, Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater they wanted to bring real emotion to their jazz routine this time. Donovan, 44, chose Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” from 2008, the year he starred 90210 after almost giving up acting.
Slater, 33, became emotional after hearing her partner recount his experience during the rehearsal. “It’s so nice of you to show up like this and be so dedicated and involved,” she said through tears.
Their hard work paid off and the duo earned their highest score yet, a 32. “Without a doubt, Trevor, that was your best dance for me,” said the judge. Len Goodman. Carrie Ann Inaba revealed that she cried during the performance. “I could feel how hard you were trying,” she said.
Emotions continued to run high throughout the night with Gabby Windey dancing to JP Cooper“If the World Ever Stopped” from 2020, the year she worked as a nurse in the ward during the coronavirus crisis.
“I saw a lot of death, a lot of isolation. Especially since, like, [patients’] families can’t be there with them,” Windey, 31, told her partner Val Chmerkovskiy during rehearsal. “But none of our patients died alone. You know, you can do that as a nurse.”
She continued: “As a nurse during COVID, I felt like the world was coming down at times. Fortunately, it didn’t, and I will dedicate this dance to the people who endured through that difficult time with me.”
The judges were moved by the routine and gave the pair a score of 36. Inaba, 54, told Bachelorette alum that even though her execution was “stunning,” she still wished she had given up more. “I still feel a little disconnected sometimes,” she said.
Derek Hough told the Illinois native he wished he had someone like her as a nurse and said she just “shines the light.” When cohost Alfonso Ribeiro asked Chmerkovskiy, 36, about his partner’s greatest strength, he replied: “Derek kind of said it, her ability to make people laugh. … In difficult times, laughter really is the place to be.”
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