Last night's "Dancing With the Stars" put on an inspirational results show. The show featured a performances by the pros, Michael Buble, Allison Holker, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, and violinist Lindsey Stirling.
The inspirational segments also included an AT&T Spotlight Performance, the story of a dancer who lost her foot in the Boston Marathon Tragedy, and the elimination of a beloved contestant.
The AT&T Spotlight Performance featured Tawanda Jones and her drill team, the Sophisticated Sisters. Tawanda had been teaching dance to young girls from the troubled city of Camden, NJ. Not only does this program give them an opportunity to dance, but it also provides them a sense of family that they might not receive at home.
Unfortunately, because financial resources are lacking, they're stuck having to practice in a water tower with no mirrors. Thankfully, "Dancing With the Stars" is going to provide them with mirrors so they can see their fabulously beautiful selves.
Marathon Not A Sprint
Last night's show also featured the story of Adrienne Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer who lost her foot in the Boston Marathon attacks. The segment documented her progress in physical therapy and her determination to dance again.
But this was more than just a feel-good story about overcoming obstacles. I like how the segment documented her dark moments as well. She talked about how her family was there to support her while she screamed, cried, and punched pillows.
Adrienne's journey isn't over yet. The show will continue to monitor her recovery. When she's ready, they will invite her to perform on the show.
When she recovers, I'm thinking J.R. Martinez would make a great dance partner for her on the show.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough won immunity this week, so they were not in danger. Also declared safe were Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd (resulting in an Andy Dick "sour face" from me).
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff surprisingly landed in the bottom 3, though as Tom Bergeron joked, "we're in jeopardy...with his momma."
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson landed in the bottom 2.
In an emotional elimination, the hammer fell on Andy and Sharna Burgess. While I was not surprised to see him go, I did find it a bit unnecessary for Carrie Ann Inaba to kick him on the way out. Although he was not the best technical dancer, this week's performance was not his worst by any means.
As Andy joked, "Carrie Ann, I wanna kill you for that 5!" (Me too, Andy!)
Still, I'm not too worried about Andy. Not only did he improve as a dancer, but he also grew as a person. I'm really going to miss his humor, his vulnerability, and his never-give-up attitude.
Was Carrie Ann too hard on Andy this week? Did Sean dodge a bullet this week? Whose story inspired you most last night?
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