It was time to celebrate the Most Memorable Year during Week 4 of Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars! The teams were asked to do routines to celebrate a time in their lives when something impactful occurred. Alfonso Ribeiro stepped in to guest co-host while Tom Bergeron was away. There was a way to help and support the victims of a recent tragedy in Oregon that had personal ties to Dancing star Alek Skarlatos. We also had to say goodbye to another fine team. Let’s take a look at the evening’s breakdown below.
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas did a Foxtrot to “Mama Said” by The Shirelles. The first dance of the night is always a little nerve-racking. There were a few bumps in the routine that the judges were quick to point out. Still, Alexa and Mark managed to pull in three 7s from the judges.
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya did a Jazz routine to “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly + The Crickets. The reason, of course, is Gary received an Oscar nod for his work in The Buddy Holly Story. Well, donned those thick glasses once again to reprise his famous role. The judges love to see Gary dance, but they are looking for greater improvement at this stage of the game. Still, Julianne said, at the end of the day, Gary Busey entertains.
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Rumba to “King” by, fittingly, Tamar Braxton! The mesmerizing routine paid tribute to her husband, who she almost lost a few years ago, and her son. The dance held the audience spellbound and truly impressed the judges with three 9s. Her husband was also moved as evidenced by the big hug he gave the love of his life when all the dancing was done.
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater did a Contemporary routine “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes. The judges were shocked by what they saw—in a good way! Hayes totally came out of his shell with this routine. The crowd was totally into this smooth performance and another round of 9-9-9 in the score department.
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold did a Paso Doble to “Wake Me Up” by Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc. It was an emotional week for this particular star who had close ties to the Oregon college and community that fell victim to a mass shooting on campus. Somehow, Alek managed to fight through all the emotions he’d been feeling to come out and do a fine Paso. He scored three 8s from the judges and won the hearts of America once again.
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess did a Jazz routine to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by, you guessed it, The Backstreet Boys. Bandmate A.J. McLean popped by during rehearsals as Nick recalled how the Boys took him in as a brother during a time in his life when he truly needed it. There was a lot of other boy band members and fans in the audience as the crowd went wild. A trio of 9s from the judges put this team in a tie for top score of the night.
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson (sporting her brand new engagement ring, by the way) did a Waltz to “Amazing Grace (Acapella)” with a performance by Ray Chew Live. In what was a truly different dance, the routine was glowing and mesmerizing at times. Carrie Ann felt Carlos danced from his soul and what he did on the floor was mind-blowing. The judges scores: 9-8-8.
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel did the Cha Cha Cha to “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. At the end of a fun, campy routine, Bruno encouraged Paula to camp it up even more. Julianne added that she is a strong woman who needs to remind herself that she is fierce and confident. As for her scores, the judges popped up all 6s on the paddles.
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker also did a Cha Cha, but “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah) by the Dancing star himself—Andy Grammer! This star only had a few days to say goodbye to his mother after a late diagnosis of breast cancer. His feelings for her led him to write his hit song “Keep Your Head Up.” Carrie Ann felt there was an awkwardness to the routine, but Julianne felt this was the most comfortable he’s been since Week 1. Bruno was the most diplomatic of the three by giving both praise and advice.
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough did a Contemporary routine to “Every Breath You Take” by Aaron Krause featuring Liza Anne. As the Crocodile Hunter, Bindi’s father, Steve Irwin, was known all over the world. So many people were moved by her courage and spirit after he passed away. Bindi dedicated her beautiful dance to her dad. There wasn’t a dry eye in the ballroom by the time the dance was done. The routine also brought in the first perfecto of the season from Bruno. 9-9-10 scores gave Bindi and Derek the top score of the night.
Most Memorable Year Night ended with Bindi and Derek atop the leaderboard and Gary Busey exiting the ballroom. All remaining teams are back in action for Dancing with the Stars MONDAY 8|7c!