The entire Dancing with the Stars cast recalled their Most Memorable Year for the most emotional night of Season 22. Tears were flowing and the crowd was cheering. The judges were also happy except for Len a few times, of course. See all the results below!
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy kicked off the evening in a fine way with a gorgeous Contemporary routine celebrating the love she feels for her family to “Home” by Phillip Phillips. Ginger’s beautiful baby boy made an appearance on stage and immediately burst into tears. Guess he want scores better than 7-7-7 from the judges.
Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff did a touching Waltz to “Rainbow Connection” by Charla Corn. It was a tribute to Doug’s father and mother, who had died within a short time of each other. It was a nice dance though Doug did have a little stumble in the middle. A misty-eyed Carrie Ann declared that this is how Doug’s parents live on. Len felt it was a little unstable at times, but still elegant enough to get scores of 7-6-7.
Kim Fields & Sasha Farber did the Foxtrot to the Facts of Life theme. Well, you take the good, you take the bad, and there you have the judges’ reactions to the dance. Which Mrs. Garrett (aka Charlotte Rae) in the audience cheering her on, Kim got her Tootie on. Len said it was a bit like maple syrup, “smooth and tasty.” Bruno loved all the Foxtrot content, but warned her about watching her shoulder action again. 8-7-7 from the judges.
Von Miller & Witney Carson did a Contemporary routine to “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins in celebration of Von’s Super Bowl MVP time in early 2016. Going shirtless, Von revealed a lot of tattoos that we never get to see under all those pads. Bruno found it hard to look at the dancing, but he does want Von to work on his turns. Carrie Ann felt he was a little too relaxed at the start before things finally ramped up to earn scores of 7-6-7 from the judges.
Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani did the Jive to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Bruno called Marla a hot, zesty canary, but warned her to not lose time all the way through. Carrie Ann loved that there was so much content. Len was happy with what he saw. Tony was happy with what he heard, which is why he gave Len a big kiss. Marla’s tribute dance to her daughter earned three 7s from the judges.
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess performed a Foxtrot to “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. The football star’s most memorable year was back when he broke a college record and when his son was born. Guess that’s why Antonio, Jr. joined him for the open and close of his routine. Carrie Ann gave the kid a 10 and felt Antonio was going for the touchdown with the dance. Len didn’t see enough refinement, but he loved little Antonio. As did Bruno, who warned big Antonio to not skip during his dances. 7-6-7 from the judges.
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas performed a Paso to “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero. Paige chose to commemorate her UFC debut at age 20 with a cool Octagon set and a hard-hitting routine that was a total knockout performance. The crowd went wild, as did a couple of the judges (Len being the exception). Scores of 8-7-8 were forthcoming.
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe did the Foxtrot to a live performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day. It was another pick for 2016 as the most memorable year as Jodie, who was so grateful to get the call for Fuller House. She’s in her fifth year of sobriety after putting some dark days behind her. Emotion was evident throughout the entire routine. Bruno called it Jodie’s best performance to date and Carrie Ann dubbed it the most inspiring one of the evening. Len liked it, too. Scores of 8-7-8 from the judges.
Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev did a Samba to “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. Looking to come back from a disappointing Week 2, Mischa was all smiles during this particular routine. She loved dancing with the troupe. Carrie Ann saw her joy, but she still needs to work on her musicality. Len called it her best dance, and Bruno urged her to maintain the positive attitude. Scores of 6-6-6 from the judges.
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold performed a Waltz to “The Star Spangled Banner” by Boyz II Men. This patriotic choice had to do with when his group performed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta which was marred by a terrorist attack. Wanya gave high fives to his band mates after the dance and got some nice compliments from the judges. Carrie Ann called Wanya the “rocket’s red glare.” Three 8s from the judges gave them the highest score of the night.
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd did a Tango to “Verge” by Owl City featuring Aloe Blacc. Carrie Ann feels Nyle is better than Superman. Bruno felt like he was going to explode, as this was the dance he was waiting for. Len pointed out that Nyle lost his frame on occasion, but still feels Nyle is proof that anyone can do anything if they want to. Scores of 8-8-9 give this team the highest score of the night and the season so far.