Stars share their emotional moments on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Some of the best dances ever happen during “Most Memorable Year” week. Did our Season 23 stars come through?

Marilu Henner had her highest score and a breakthrough performance in her Viennese Waltz with Derek Hough. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 10, 2016 – Kleenex should be the sponsor of “My Most Memorable Year” week on “Dancing With The Stars.” The competitors depict a pivotal moment in their lives, celebrating family ties and career success. The tears flow from the stars, their pros, and sometimes the judges and audience.

With nine competitors left, emotion can’t overwhelm dancing skills or scores will suffer, and no one can afford to let this happen. But several stars did and will need some fan votes to stick around for another week.

Most Memorable Year Week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ 

Calvin Johnson celebrated his game winning touchdown in the 2012 Super Bowl with his Jazz routine. Calvin and pro Lindsay Arnold kept it light hearted and light on their feet. Calvin caught a pass at the end of the routine, and producers pulled a surprise, bringing in Season 2 competitor Jerry Rice to toss the football to Calvin. They scored 24 points.

Maureen McCormack and Artem Chigvintsev danced an emotional Foxtrot depicting her difficult transition from child star to adult performer. Maureen has had a slow start but the judges praised her steady improvement. She is finally getting comfortable and it shows. She received her highest score so far, 24 points.

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko's Contemporary routine recalled the birth of her daughter. Photo: ABC
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko’s Contemporary routine recalled the birth of her daughter. Photo: ABC

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko danced the first of several Contemporary routines for the night, and set the bar high with a lyrical, graceful tribute to Jana’s daughter. The judges rewarded her with 26 points.

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke also danced a Contemporary routine, reliving a 2008 Beijing Olympics triumph. Ryan is also improving along with the rest of the performers, and Cheryl Burke choreographed a routine playing to Ryan’s strength. He also received his highest score so far, 24 points.

In another Olympic themed routine, Laurie Hernandez had a lot to prove after getting the season’s first perfect score last week. Perhaps it was the pressure, perhaps the judges wanted to give Laurie and Val Chmerkovskiy a little leaderboard tough love. They didn’t find her Paso Doble entirely convincing, although they praised her fierce attack. It receied a score of 25 points.

The judges encouraged Marilu Henner to relax and dance more with her heart than her head. The advice came at the perfect time. Her Viennese Waltz tribute to her mother was graceful and heartfelt.

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Viewers need to remind themselves Marilu is 62 years old, and it’s safe to say by far the best dancer past 60 ever on the show. The judges gave Marilu and Derek Hough all nines for 27 points, their highest score by far.

Amber Rose struggled in rehearsal to master the Samba and tangled a little with pro Maks Chmerkovskiy. The struggle was worth it. Amber shined brightest when dancing solo backed up by the women in the DWTS troupe with a sense of fun and confidence, but judge Julianne Hough pointed out she isn’t quite as confident dancing with Maks. The judges urged Amber to trust him, and rewarded her with a solid 24 points.

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess are at the top of the Week 5 leaderboard thanks to their sizzling Tango. Photo: ABC
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess are at the top of the Week 5 leaderboard thanks to their sizzling Tango. Photo: ABC

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess danced a Tango while recalling his miracle survival and recovery from Indy car crash that almost killed him. The physician who saved his life was in the ballroom as James and Sharna showed how far he’s come from that day with a Tango full of snap and technique. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said “Posture, hold, technique, you are the one to beat!” James and Sharna execute the small moments and poses that make a routine special. It received the high score of the night, 29 points.

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber closed the show with a Contemporary routine, dedicated to her late father. Terra dances as if she is ten feet tall and she’s becoming a serious competitor who could make the finals.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said, “You were dancing to the beat of your heart, there’s not a dry eye in the house.” They received 27 points, their highest score so far.

Host Tom Bergeron then surprised all the couples by telling them no one would be eliminated. Everyone will be back to dance for “Latin Week” next week. Fan votes will be added to next week’s scores and votes to determine who goes home.

So just because there’s no elimination, don’t slack off your voting!

Week 5 Results (only three judges in Week 5):

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Tango, 10-9-10 = 29 points

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Contemporary, 9-9-9 = 27 points

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Viennese Waltz, 9-9-9 = 27 points

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Contemporary, 9-8-9 = 26 points

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Paso Doble, 8-9-8 = 25 points

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Jazz, 8-8-8 = 24 points

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Contemporary, 8-8-8 = 24 points

Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Foxtrot: 8-8-8 = 24 points

Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Samba, 8-8-8 = 24 points

Voting information: For week five viewers may cast their votes via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook at is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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