Dancing with the Stars review: Rashad Jennings gets first 10; Nick Viall, David Ross, and more

KordeiTonight, Dancing with the Stars is getting very emotional, as we’re getting the chance to see all of the Stars perform songs inspired by the most important year of their life. Judging from all of the special story assists and cameos we’re getting tonight, this is going to be an episode of the show like no other!

Just like every other edition of the show, though, we’re going to have live updates over the course of the night! This will include scores, hot-takes, and a whole lot more, so stay tuned…

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – This was a pretty powerful rumba given that you had Fifth Harmony there in order to give a performance of “Impossible,” one of the songs that made this group a standout on The X Factor a few seasons ago. Really lyrical, and super-nostalgic for any longtime fans of the group. Score: 32.

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – Basically, this was his story of The Bachelor, and there were a couple of moments where it was every bit as awkward as watch that show, including the multiple women on stage and that ending with Vanessa Grimaldi’s dress that went slightly off the rails. Score: 30.

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – Sure, it was somewhat surprising that she didn’t pick that year as the most memorable year, but she probably didn’t really want to relive that. Very nice routine — while it wasn’t one that popped per se, it was technically sound and that appears to be Nancy’s strong suit. Score: 33.

Mr. T and Kym Herjavec – Incredibly touching. We do think that this was Mr. T’s best dance, and while he may not be the best performer under the sun, you can’t help but get emotional watching him. His issue will probably come next week in the event he has to move away from the lyrical routines. He’s great in these, but we see him struggling in something like the samba. Score: 28.

Heather Morris and Alan Bersten – This was fantastic, but “Heather Morris is a fantastic dancer” is harder a shocking headline. It’s hard to really get upset over her dance experience when you see how much work she put into this. Specifically, this was a celebration of her personal life and her marriage. Score: 25.

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – David remains the big revelation of the entire season. He’s a very good dancer! More than that, he just seems to be just an ordinary, relatable dude who managed to make his dreams come true. This was a celebration of his retirement, and the next phase of his life. Score: 31.

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – We don’t know how you could even grade this dance given that it was so touching, so heartfelt, and beautiful from start to finish. This routine, a dedication to his father and a study in unconditional love, as one of the most genuine performances we’ve ever seen on this show. Score: 39.

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko – Well, this was probably Erika’s farewell dance. She had the misfortune of coming on after Rashad, and the person Erika is just isn’t the sort of person that does well on the show. Her dancing was decent, but the style and the whole vibe just doesn’t really suit the show. The scores were actually a little better than we thought they’d be. Score: 30.

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – It’s pretty easy to concur with the judges and their verdict that this was the best routine that we’ve seen from Simone this season. She’s always been a good dancer, but this was the first time that we started to see some of that emotional vulnerability from her that we didn’t know was there previously. Score: 36.

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – He’s back in the game! After some stumbles last week, the bull-rider managed to get back in the saddle for a great dance that was lyrical, powerful, and a testament to his recovery from a devastating injury. Score: 32.

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