It’s the week on Dancing with the Stars that they do every year, designed to bring out the emotions. It’s the Most Memorable Year week. There’s usually stars remembeirng when they became the mos famous, parents remembering the births of their children, and adult children remembering parents who have passed away. We didn’t have the latter this time around though.
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – Her most memorable year is 2012, the year she was put into Fifth Harmony. Her parents convinced her to audition for The X Factor. She’s dedicating the dance to her family and to her girls. The group backs her up singing as she and Val dance the rumba. Something really works here, either the dance or the memories for her. Bruno Tonioli liked it so much he felt Val was unnecessary. Their scores are 8, 7, 8, 9.
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – HIs most memorable year was 2016 when he met Vanessa and finally found love after being the runnerup twice on The Bachelorette. Their dance is designed to emulate The Bacehlor experience, complete with multiple women on stage with him. He does a rumba to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” and I think this guy found his dance, but we’ll see what the judges say. Julianne Hough agrees that it’s his best dance. His scores are 8, 7, 8, 7.
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – While we would think her most memorable year would be in the Olympics, it was actually the time after she had six miscarriages after already having one child. She eventually had IVF and had two more kids. They dance the foxtrot, and the whole flavor of it shows the complete joy she must now have as the mother of three after all her difficulties. Len Goodman believes she has moved into being a frontrunner. Her scores are 8, 9, 8, 8.
Mr. T and Kym Herjavec His most memorable year is 1995, the year he was diagnosed with cancer. It started with a pimple in his ear, and after radiation it came back. They are dancing the waltz to “Amazing Grace,” which I’m guessing will bring the house down. He still isn’t a good dancer, but it’s just so hard to judge him after that story and during this song. Carrie Ann Inaba says others may be winning with fancy moves, but he’s winning their hearts. His scores are 7, 7, 7, 7.
Heather Morris and Alan BerstenHeather talks about meeting her husband in high school, though they didn’t really know each other that well then.They later had a child and got married after reconnecting on MySpace. This song, “Shut Up and Dance,” represents them as a family. They do the cah cha, and she seems just a little too out of control with the dance. However, Julianne thinks they nailed it. Their scores are 8, 9, 9, 9.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – He won the World Series twice, but he chose last year, 2016, when he won it all with the Chicago Cubs as his most memorable. They’re doing the Viennese Waltz to “Forever Young.” For a baseball player, it’s pretty good, but he does need a little work making his moves smoother. The judges all note he needs to float more than being skippity. Erin Andrews says the Cubs home opener is in a rain delay, so they played David and LIndsay’s dance live at the stadium. His scores are 7, 8, 8, 8.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – He talks about his dad having a stroke and getting diabetes and having his leg amputated. HIs dad had given up his football dreams for his family, and this made Rashad know he had to be closer to home instead of away on his scholarship to be closer to his dad. They do contemporary, and it’s just absolutey stunning. This needs scores of 10. Bruno admits to being mesmerized watching two artists painting a beautiful work of art. Julianne pulls a Carrie Ann and finds it difficult to talk through her tears. The scores are 10, 9, 10, 10, the first 10s of the season.
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko – She discusses moving to New York City on her own and notes there were good times and bad times. It made success all the more sweet when it did come. They’re dancing the cha cha to “Express Yourself.” Quite frankly, Rashad is a hard act to follow. It’s hard to watch this average cha cha after that. And it’s not even average. It’s bad. Len felt it was a bit “same old same old.” Her scores are 8, 7, 7, 8.
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – Her most memorable year was 2000 when she was 3 and was adopted. Her biological mom was in and out of jail with drug and alcohol abuse. She can remember being not taken care of and hungry. She and Sasha dance the Viennese Waltz, and it’s well executed, but lacking emotion, oddly enough. The judges talk about her crying before the dance, and I wish that would have come through to the viewers as well. The scores are 9, 9, 9, 9.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – He’s from a family of bull riders, and in 2016 he was in the top of his game and was then thrown and landed on top of his head, and the bull then walked on top of him. He was paralyzed just over ayear ago and is now doing a foxtrot. He’s a little stiff, but for obvious reasons. Bruno thinks there’s a new man in town. The socres are 8, 8, 8, 8.
Before the elimination, the two couples in danger are Mr. T and Kym and Erika and Gleb. The couple being sent home this week are Mr. T and Kym, sadly enough. He says he told them he couldn’t dance, but “y’all wanted me.” Kym knows she now has a new friend for life. Hmm. Last time she felt like that with a partner she ended up marrying him.
At least he’s going out on a really high note, and perhaps a whole new generation found out who Mr. T really is, meaning he’s so much more than the gold chains and mohawk.
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