Tonight’s episode of “” was emotional as it brought back memories from the most important years in the celebrity contestants’ lives. The first pair to take the stage in the Monday, April 10 episode were Normani Kordei and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Normani danced a Rumba to commemorate 2012, the year when was formed. Her groupmates came to support her by singing during her routine. Len Goodman wanted more Rumba content. Carrie Ann Inaba didn’t care about the lack of content because it was all about empowerment, but she complained about the lift. The judges scored the dance 32 out of 40.
and Peta Murgatroyd also danced a Rumba to celebrate his journey to find his “true love” Vanessa on “” in 2016. The dance started off with a group of women fighting for him. He slowly lost his shirt and ended up picking up Vanessa from the audience and kissing her. Len and thought that it was Nick’s best dance so far. Carrie Ann said the beginning was a bit rough, but he claimed it. She also praised the choreography. Nick earned 30 points.
had her first child in 1996 after a decade of trying and six miscarriages. She and Artem Chigvintsev danced a Foxtrot to commemorate the year. Len said she had “moved from the pack to a frontrunner.” Bruno Tonioli loved the “amazing lyricism,” which Carrie Ann was touched by her inspiring story. Nancy earned 33 points.
and followed it up with a Waltz. Instead of celebrating his stardom in the 1980s, Mr. T commemorate the year he was diagnosed with cancer in 1995. He eventually won his battle with cancer. As usual, Mr. T tried hard to get all the steps, but there’s a lot of walking and standing. The judges were moved by his story and praised his spirit instead of focusing on his dance. He earned 28 points.
and Alan Bersten, who still fills in for , danced a Cha Cha. The most important year in her life is 2015, when she got married to her husband. Len said it was “sharp, crisp, great hip action.” Julianne and Bruno also had nothing but praises. Carrie Ann said she brought an “A Game,” but she “did dock a point for the lift.” The “” alum earned 35 points.
Up next were David Ross and Lindsay Arnold who danced a Viennese Waltz to commemorate 2016, his last year playing baseball and the Cubs winning the World Series. He’s not the best dancer in the competition, but the judges loved his spirit. “I am going to say though, you were skipping and hopping, you lost a little control. You were running for home! I loved the enthusiasm though,” Carrie Ann commented. David earned 31 points.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater danced a Contemporary number to channel his feelings when he gave up a college scholarship to move back home to be with his ill father. It was close to perfect as the judges scored the dance 39. Julianne said, “What you just did I have no words for. Your vulnerability gives every man out there to be their true selves.”
picked 1989 as the most important year in her life because that’s when she moved from Georgia to NYC to become a star. She and Gleb Savchenko danced a Cha Cha to commemorate it. Len was bored of the sexy thing. Julianne praised her “great leg action,” but wanted to see “a little more hip action.” She earned 30 points.
and Sasha Farber danced a Viennese Waltz to remember the year she was adopted by her grandparents and taken out of foster care. The judges loved that she showed her vulnerability. “This is what I have been waiting for is this emotion to come through,” said Julianne, as Len called it her best dance so far. Simone earned 36 points.
Bonner Bolton and wrapped it up with a Foxtrot. His most memorable year is 2016, when he had a severe accident on a wild bull, but he finally recovered from it and is able to walk again. Julianne said, “Ballroom dances suit you.” Len was more specific as he commented, “Your frame was good, you had wide elbows, flat back, your footwork is a little suspect.” Overall, he did better than last week, earning 32 points.
Later it was time for the elimination. Mr. T & Kym as well as Erika & Gleb were in jeopardy, but in the end Mr. T and Kym were eliminated.