‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Most Memorable Year

It’s inevitable. When “Most Memorable Year” rolls around on Dancing with the Stars, I sit down to watch with every intention of bawling my eyes out. Stars are real people too you know! They have feelings and emotions and stuff. Here’s a breakdown of each dance and the exact moment that I started crying during their pre-packaged interviews. Enjoy.

Alexa and Mark
Foxtrot
“Mama Said” by the Shirelles
Kleenex Alert: Alexa thanking her mother for getting her where she is today.

I was so proud of Alexa calling Alfonso out on his comment last week. As you may recall, he told her that she is NOT going to win this contest with her husband. She’s going to win it with Mark. Alexa basically shared that Carlos is the most important thing in her life and she will choose him over a first-place mirrorball trophy any day of the week. YES! Unfortunately, her dance was less than stellar. The green dress was amazing. The botched choreography—not so much.
Score: 21

Anna and Gary

Jazz
“That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly
Kleenex Alert: Gary’s son talking about his motorcycle wreck and how he almost died.

I had no idea Gary had suffered from severe head trauma in a motorcycle accident. Now it feels unnecessary to tell you that his dances are as slow as molasses. I give him a great big huge “E” for effort. But he doesn’t get an “E” for entertaining. The black spray paint on his hair was pretty cool. I’ll give that an A+.
Score: 16

Tamar and Val
Rumba
“King” by Tamar Braxton
Kleenex Alert: Tamar admitting to the camera that she almost lost her husband and she didn’t know what she would have done if she had to face life without him by her side. And then melting down.

It wasn’t hard for Val to pull emotion from Tamar. He didn’t add any extra stuff with the JV players or unnecessary props. He just danced with Tamar, accidentally grabbed her boob a few times and executed the (trademark pending) Dirty Dancing floor drag. Bonus points for her husband Vince playing the piano as she danced. Carrie Ann cried because she always does and Julianne teased that she would give Tamar her first 9, but then started backpedaling. NO BACKSIES!
Score: 27

Hayes and Emma
Contemporary
“Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
Kleenex Alert: Hayes didn’t really have one, so I’m going to throw back a few weeks ago when he cried talking about his mama.

Hayes was in his element in this contemporary. He was able to lift Emma effortlessly. He did a great job, but I have to say that I didn’t love the choreography. You can tell Emma is most comfortable in ballroom styles and this was a little bland in my opinion.
Score: 27

Alek and Lindsay
Paso Doble
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii
Kleenex Moment: Lindsay hugging Alek when he learned about this week’s shooting in Roseburg, Oregon and Alek making the decision to leave practice to return home where all his friends attended that college. If I’m being totally honest, Lindsay’s legs also make me cry because they are so gorgeous.

I understand that Alek was under a lot of pressure with so few days of practice under his belt and it was obvious that he was distracted. Even though he dedicated the dance to Roseburg, his heart wasn’t in it. Who can blame him?
Score: 24

Nick and Sharna
Jazz
“Everybody” by Backstreet Boys
Kleenex Moment: Nick became emotional talking about how he didn’t grow up with a “movie mom and dad” and that’s all he ever wanted. Then he became even more emotional that he was crying as a grown man about something so long ago. We’ve all been there, dude.

Hearing fellow Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean give Nick a pep talk was adorable. Hearing Nick tell the camera that “the boys” saved him and treated him like a brother made me cry again. A.J. tells Nick to get out of his head and use the emotion in the dance. Best therapist ever. He takes the stage and performs Backstreet Boy choreography and most dance moves made popular in the ‘90s. All the Backstreet Boys were in the audience cheering him on, including Joey Fatone who is not a Backstreet Boy, but a bonafide member of NSYNC. Someone please make THAT concert happen and I’ll be on the front row.
Score: 27

Carlos and Witney
Waltz
“Amazing Grace”
Kleenex Moment: Carlos stopped doing drugs and asked a friend to take him to church. A week later he joined a Bible study where he met his wife, Alexa. FEELS.

I am concerned that dancing to “Amazing Grace” in a translucent white dress was a touch inappropriate, but I choose to blame the mishap on unfortunate lighting. Carlos did almost drop Witney when they were executing the, you guess it, Dirty Dancing floor drag, but he recovered.
Score: 25

Paula and Louis
Cha Cha
“R-E-S-P-E-C-T” by Aretha Franklin
Kleenex Moment: When Paula confessed that she trusts Louis, she just doesn’t trust herself.

Paula chose her memorable moment as the day she decided that she was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She packed up her kids and started her own business. Who knew that decades later, she’d be in a glitzy little sequined number showcasing an impressive set of legs. There were very little gimmicks this go around (just some pointing to words on the floor). I thought this was her best dance of the season.
Score: 21

Andy and Allison
Cha Cha
“Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
Kleenex Moment: Andy’s dad describing a picture of Andy at his mother’s funeral. Simply gut-wrenching.

Let’s get the big news out of the way first: Allison is four months pregnant. Last week, I almost put in the recap that I thought she was pregnant, but I didn’t because that is the worst to write (or say) then you find out that the woman in question is NOT with child. All of you are thinking to yourself, “Yeah right, Lincee. Sure. You totally called it. We believe you.” (Use a sarcastic font when you read that sentence.) I TOTALLY WROTE IT AND THEN ERASED IT! Back to the recap — the dance was not good. Plus, I kept worrying that he would fling Allison off the stage and hurt the baby. I’m going to be anxious all season long with this one.
Score: 23

Bindi and Derek
Contemporary
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police
Kleenex Moment: The entire thing. Also, when Derek suggests Bindi holds his finger like a little girl would, instead of his entire hand. I lost it.

At first I was highly annoyed that once again, Precious Derek was given the coveted position of going last in the line-up. Have they ever been in the first hour of the show? With that said, I give him major, huge, bow down, we’re not worthy props for such a beautifully choreographed routine. Bindi nailed it. I never once watched Derek, which is exactly how this routine should have been danced. She was beautiful, emotional and joyful. And when she broke down at the end, I cried like a baby. Snot, sobbing, the works. Those who don’t have hearts were the only ones not weeping in the audience. I may have lost it again when they cut to a shot of her little brother. Even though Carrie Ann bugs, she did say something poignant at the end to Bindi: “The way you live your life was just like that dance. Every moment is bright, beauty and passion. Well done.”
Score: 28

Bindi hugs Bruno for giving her the first 10 of the season. Then she hugs Julianne, Carrie Ann, Alfonso, Derek again and anyone else who may come in her path as she makes her way back to the stage with the other contestants. Carlos and Witney are the first to get the red light of doom, but it’s Anna and Gary who are sent home. I think this is the best decision. It was time for him to go. Kudos to Gary and his partner, To Russia with Love, for hanging in there four weeks. I know everyone will miss his wacky ways!

What did you think about “Most Memorable Year?” Did you cry like I did? Do you think Sharna is the luckiest girl in the world to dance with a Backstreet Boy every week? Is Erin Andrews 9-feet-tall? Sound off in the comments section!

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