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Dancing got deep and emotional for their "most memorable year" theme night. The night that keeps Kleenex in business saw the stars telling their stories of the wins and losses that led their lives, and portrayed them in dance. With every celebrity doing as well in the ballroom as in their lives, one couple saw the first perfect score of the season, two couples made their personal best scores for the season so far, and overall everyone has grown and improved in their ballroom skills. Here are the highlights of last Monday night:
Waltz: Mary Lou and Sasha, Evanna and Keo, Joe and Jenna
Jive: Milo and Whitney
Rumba: Nancy and Val, Brandon and Tinashe
Contemporary: Alexis and Alan, Bobby and Sharna
Samba: Juan Pablo and Cheryl
Tango: Demarcus and Lindsey
About the Stars' Most Memorable Years
Mary Lou—1984; the year she won the gold medal despite a knee injury and surgery prior to the event
Milo—2018; honoring his high school graduation and his transition into a new chapter of his life
Nancy—2006; celebrating her family
Alexis—2014; a tribute to her mother’s last days
Evanna—2006; when she was cast in Harry Potter
Joe—2018; celebrating his relationship with Kendall and overcoming his commitment issues
Juan—1999; when he realized and followed his acting ambitions
John—2016; tribute to overcoming tragedy and his mother
Bobby—1998; his high school graduation, he was the first in his family to do so
Tinashe—2014; the start of her career
Demarcus—2016; celebrating his Super Bowl win and his family
Monday Night-Scores and Standings
- First place: Juan Pablo and Cheryl 30/30
- Second place: Milo and Whitney; Evanna and Keo; Tinashe and Brandon 27/30
- Third place: Demarcus and Lindsey; Alexis and Alan 26/30
- Mary Lou and Sasha 24/30
- Bobby and Sharna 23/30
- Nancy and Val 22/30
- John and Emma 21/30
- Joe and Jenna 18/30
Announced in jeopardy: Tinashe and Brandon; Nancy and Val
Eliminated: Nancy and Val
Juan Pablo and Cheryl were awarded the first perfect score of the season! Ten-scores this early haven’t happened in week three since Season 19 (when actually two perfect scores were given)! Juan Pablo and Cheryl had been established in second place out of the top three since the start of the season, and they finally took the lead with a smokin’ brilliant samba routine that impressed to the point of a standing o from the in-house crowd, and even Len himself!
Every celebrity’s “memorable year” story was beautifully translated and executed in their dances. Even Alexis just telling her story in the rehearsal interview was nearly tear-jerking, and Bobby Bones channeled his zany ballroom energy into a routine that depicted a deep, inner child determined to better himself through education. The contemporary style seemed to suit him, like his first week jive, and he even earned his own highest score for the season so far. Nancy had her personal best as well, with which she unfortunately left the ballroom this week. Not to mention being in jeopardy alongside frontrunner, Tinashe, making the very fabric to the drama of the show. The score-wise and skill-wise underdogs must have large and loyal voting fanbases in their corners, and now the celeb stories have likely garnered more or less “sympathy votes” to any or every couple.