This is the night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” where you may need the tissues to wipe away those tears. Monday’s reality TV episode was certainly no exception for Doug Flutie’s tearful waltz. It was the perennial Most Memorable Year theme that’s filled with the celebrities’ impactful moment. These are oftentimes tears of joy along with tears of sadness. All in all it’s what made them what they are today.
Doug and Karina danced an emotional waltz to “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” sung live by Grammy-nominated Andra Day. Flutie shared his traumatic year in 2015 when his father passed away. Shortly thereafter on the same day his mother passed away. It was stated she died of a broken heart after 60 years of marriage. There likely wasn’t a dry eye from television viewers and the studio audience. Even the waterworks Carrie Ann Inaba was actually sincere this time with her tears at the judges table.
Andra Day performed once again, this time with her Grammy-nominated single “Rise Up” during the second half of the show. Jodie Sweetin’s story began with her rise and fall after her time on “Full House.” 2015 was her most memorable year because of maintaining her sobriety, plus getting a new chance with “Fuller House.” Jodie and Keo’s foxtrot was impactful that told of her addiction most effectively.
All the other nine couples shared joyful moments that included Ginger Zee meeting her husband in 2013. Her baby certainly didn’t like the limelight when they were all in the skybox awaiting their scores. Kim Fields said 1976 was her memorable year, because she landed her first acting gig in a Mrs. Butterworth syrup commercial. Kim and Sasha danced a synchronized foxtrot to “The Facts of Life” theme. Naturally for Von Miller winning the Super Bowl and being MVP back in February were clearly his greatest memories. They danced a contemporary to Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” a song he always plays before every game.
Marla got “Happy” by Pharrell with an impressive jive to celebrate the birth of her daughter, Tiffany Trump, back in 1993. The second half of “Dancing with the Stars” showcased better scoring couples with impressive performances that included Antonio Brown and his son, Antonio Jr., in a creative opening and closing with their father and son foxtrot dedicated to his family, and the birth of his son in 2007. Paige and Mark, who returned from his back injury, with a paso doble set in an actual octagon cage for Paige’s UFC debut as her memorable year. It was like seeing a real live fighting match that lacked actual content, according to head judge Len Goodman.
By far one of the best dances of the night clearly went to Wanya and Lindsay with their stunning waltz to “The Star-Spangled Banner” recorded by Boyz II Men. 1996 was Wanya’s most significant year musically for Boyz II Men. They performed the National Anthem at the closing ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Only a week earlier at the Games, a bombing occurred at Centennial Park. Wanya and Lindsay received all 8s from the judges, though they deserved at least a 9 from one of the judges.
Closing out the show, not surprisingly, was Nyle DiMarco and Peta with their fast and furious tango. Nyle celebrated his year with a trip around the world without an interpreter. He wanted to experience life outside of the deaf community. They received the first “9” given this season by Bruno (who seems to have a crush on Nyle) and topped the leaderboard all on their own. Tom Bergeron informed the top-scoring couple they were safe. Doug Flutie, Mischa Barton, and Jodie Sweetin were in jeopardy. Mischa left on a high note with a samba that was about dealing with her fame after leaving “The O.C.” Next week is the ever popular Disney Night on “Dancing with the Stars.”