We suggest you grab a box of tissues now, because this was certainly an emotional week on Dancing With The Stars!!
After some disappointingly low scores last week, contestants bounced back in a HUGE way as they got a chance to to pay tribute to their most memorable years and they certainly made the most of the opportunity to tell us a little more about themselves! Let's just say Robin Roberts picked a good time to be a guest judge!
Just last week, James Maslow was officially inducted into Carrie Ann Inaba's "sexy hall of fame" for his red hot routine with Peta Murgatroyd! However, this time around he decided to channel his inner nerd and take a look back at a time when he dealt with his fair share of bullying! Needless to say those days are LOOONG gone and James managed to pull off another amazing routine and earned a score of 36 out of 40!!
NeNe Leakes didn't have to look too far back for her most memorable year, as she paid tribute to 2013 when she married her husband Gregg for the second time! The Real Housewife pulled off a very sensual Rumba to Whitney Houston's I Believe In You And Me which is the song she walked down the aisle to! Luckily Gregg isn't the jealous type as things got VERY hot and heavy with Tony Dovolani and the duo earned a respectable 31!
Danica McKellar certainly the got the waterworks going as she decided to tone down the sexiness and amp up the emotion as she paid tribute to 2010, which is the year her son Draco was born and the year she lost her grandmother. The actress did an absolutely heart-wrenching contemporary dance with Val Chmerkovskiy that not only brought some of the judges to tears, but also earned the two their highest score of the season with a 36!
If that wasn't enough to have you crying like a baby, this certainly will! Amy Purdy took a hard look back 1999, which is the year she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and lost both of her legs as well as her kidney function. Luckily, her father was a huge source of strength as he donated a kidney to her and perhaps more importantly kept her spirits up by dancing with her before she had even walked on her prosthetic legs, proving anything was possible! Amy and Derek Hough recreated that emotional first dance and for the first time she kept her legs completely exposed throughout a routine that left the judges speechless while earning a 36!
After some emotional routines, Charlie White pumped some much needed Happy-ness into the crowd by looking back at 2010, which is the year he and Meryl Davis missed out on winning a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics! While it might seems like a painful memory, the ice skater looks back on that year fondly and cites it as a HUGE motivator for the two to bounce back and win the gold, and it certainly showed in his routine that kept him near the top with a 36!
Meryl returned the favor and also decided to give a bit of a shoutout to Charlie, however, she went a little bit further back all the way to when they first started skating together in their childhood! But after some touching footage of the gold medalists in their younger years wrapped up, she got down to business with Maksim Chmerkovskiy foxtrot that was so hot it filled our minds with some naughty thoughts! The routine earned the highest score of the season thus far with a near perfect 39, but it seems the steaminess was lost on Len Goodman who only gave them a 9!
Overall this week definitely proved to be an emotional roller coaster with plenty of highs and a handful of lows! But perhaps most importantly of all it brought some impressively high scores and it definitely looks like all of these contestants are in it to win it!
Ch-ch-check out the performances (below)!
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