“Most Memorable Year” night on Dancing with the Stars gave us a lot of heartwarming stories, some great dancing, and some terrible dancing.
Oh yes, Grocery Store Joe is still terrible, but did he manage to show signs of improvement?
Let’s break down the latest installment, shall we?
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber
This compatible duo went with the Viennese Waltz to “We Are the Champions” performed by Ray Chew Live. Mary went with 1984 as her most memorable year.
That was the year she won the Olympic gold, so it was a predictable year for her to pick. But she did open up about her win not being all that solid in the lead up to it.
She had knee surgery which could have rendered her unfit to compete in the Olympics.
Her latest routine with Sasha was another solid one that allowed them to scale new heights.
Judges’ Score: 24/30
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson
Milo went with 2018 as his most memorable year, and this could be attributed to him being just 17 years old. We dare say that most viewers had no clue who he was prior to his casting, so maybe he had a point.
Milo and Witney both went with another energetic performance that ticked all the boxes as far as the judges’ scores go. It was a Jive to “Can You Do This?” by Aloe Blacc.
Judges’ Scores: 27/30.
Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy
It was time to dance the Rumba for this couple. Nancy went with 2006 as her most memorable year because she felt that was the year of her family.
The duo performed to “Love Someone” performed live by Lukas Graham. As has been the case for Nancy this season, there’s improvement, but she’s still nowhere near where she needs to be.
Judges’ Score: 22/30
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
The Instagram star and the pro went with a Contemporary performance of “How to Save a Life” performed by Ray Chew Live. They danced a tribute to Alexis’ late mother who passed in 2014.
As always, it was a robust performance with Alexis showing off how flexible she is and the scores reflected it.
Judges’ Score: 26/30
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe
Evanna went with 2006 as her year of choice. That was the year she landed the role of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies.
To celebrate this, she performed the Viennese Waltz to “Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams. Evanna admitted that she had a connection to the movies through the books.
She was offered a role in the movies after becoming penpals with J.K. Rowling while suffering from an eating disorder.
This performance showed just how much she has grown as a dancer, and she has a lot left to give.
Judges’ Score: 27/30
Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson
Joe went with 2018 because he said it was going to be the year he wins Dancing with the Stars!
We’re kidding, of course. He did choose 2018 but said it was because he realized he could fall in love.
His Viennese Waltz to “You Are the Reason” performed live by Calum Scott, and Leona Lewis did not help him much in the scores.
He was all over the place. Who the heck is voting for him?
Judges’ Score: 18/30
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke
Juan Pablo went with the year 1999, opening up about it being the year he hot-footed it out of Buenos Aires in order to pursue his dreams of being an entertainer in Los Angeles.
We think it’s fair to say he accomplished his goal!
His performance of the Samba to “Ni Ty Ni Yo” by Jennifer Lopez was visually stunning. He and Cheryl upped their game in a big way and got a perfect score in the process.
Judges’ Score: 30/30
John Schneider and Emma Slater
John has been rather wooden since his debut on the series, but he’s showing some improvement. He went with the Waltz to “Smile” by Ray Chew Live.
His year of choice was 2016 because that was the year he lost his mother. The performance was lacking, but the judges recognized that he was getting better.
Judges’ Score: 21/30
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess
Another week, another Greatest Showman number. Bobby went with a Contemporary routine to “A Million Dreams” from the box office smash.
In doing so, he chose 1998 as the year for him because he graduated high school while dreaming of having a better life.
Judges Score: 23/30
Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong
Tinashe went with the year 2014 because that was the year her first album was released and gave her the success she was looking for.
Her Rumba to “2 On” by none other than herself gave her and Brandon some more time to shine. They have a lot of chemistry, and it shows in their performances.
Judges’ Score: 27/30
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold
It was Argentine Tango time for DeMarcus and Lindsay. The duo danced to “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell & Kronos Quarter.
But they went with the year 2016 aka the year DeMarcus winning the Super Bowl. Their performance was tight and filled with big set pieces.
Judges’ Score: 26/30
In the end, it was Nancy and Val and Tinashe and Brandon in jeopardy. Nancy and Val lost their place in the race for the mirrorball trophy.
It’s bizarre that some of the others are still in the competition, but the show is becoming more like a popularity contest these days.
What are your thoughts on the latest elimination?
Dancing with the Stars continues Monday on ABC.
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