Rashad Making Lynchburg Proud on DWTS!

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It was Most Memorable Year night on "Dancing With the Stars" and you know what that means- lots and lots of tears. Who had the most emotional story? Who had the best dance? Here's how the episode went down:

  • Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: Normani picked 2012, the year she was placed in Fifth Harmony on "The X-Factor." Aside from your run of the mill "my family sacrificed everything," there weren't took many dramatic moments, but we did get to hear Normani sing. She and Val pulled in a 32. 
  • Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd: Surprise, surprise, Nick picked last year, which is when he was on "The Bachelor" and ended up "finding love" with Vanessa Grimaldi. The dance told the story of "The Bachelor" and ended with Nick finding Vanessa in the audience and kissing her. It was cute, but Nick is still stiff at times. They got a 30. 
  • Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev: Defying all Olympic fans, Nancy chose 1996, which is when she had her first child. It turns out having kids was not easy for the ice skater, who suffered six miscarriages in eight years before having IVF a decade later and ending up with three kids in all.  She and Artem got a 33 and left Erin Andrews genuinely emotional. 
  • Mr. T and Kym Herjavec: Mr. T went with 1995, when he was diagnosed with cancer. It turns out he's a man of the Lord and said he asked for the strength to beat his cancer and did just that. As for his dancing, it's exactly the same as it's always been, which is to say very little dancing. Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough both are all of a sudden also religious, but in the end Mr. T and Kym got a 28. 
  • Heather Morris and Alan Bersten: Maks Chmerkovskiy is still recovering from his surgery so Alan  stepped in yet again and helped Heather tell her story of 2015, which is when she got married. Both the storyline and the dancing were great. They pulled in a 35 and Maks endorses Alan becoming a full-time pro next season. It's hard to argue. 
  • David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Of course, David picked 2016, which is when the Cubs finally won the World Series. Yet again their routine was nothing to write home about, but in a fun turn of events, the Cubs were on a rain delay, so they showed this dance in the stadium. David and Lindsay got a very generous 31. 
  • Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Rashad picked 2006, which is the year his dad had to have his leg amputated due to diabetes complications. Rashad and his dad did not have a great relationship, but they've since overcome their issues and the footballer ends his incredible routine by going into the audience and hugging his dad. Ladies and gents, Rashad is the first to get a 10 this season. In fact, he gets three for a total score of 39. 
  • Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko: Erika had to follow Rashad and she danced in honor of 1989, which is when she moved from Georgia to New York City to be a star. They danced to "Express Yourself" and yet again, went the sexy route. Len calls them out on it, but Gleb says without a doubt they're not toning it down. Going against the judges isn't exactly how you win the Mirror Ball. Well on their way to elimination, they got a 30. 
  • Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Simone didn't choose when she won the Olympics, but when she was adopted back in 2000. Her mom was an addict and her and her sister were in foster care until the people she knew as her grandma and grandpa adopted them and became mom and dad. The dance is on point as usual, and ended with her too going into the audience to hug her parents before they join her on stage to hear the scores. Simone and Sasha got nines across the board for a 36.
  • Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: Bonner closed out the night with the most physically painful memorable year. He chose last year, which is when he suffered a neck injury that left him unable to walk for months. Doctors told him he wouldn't be able to ride bulls anymore but he says he's just happy to be alive. The routine is solid and he and Sharna got back to their good scores with a 32.

So who was in jeopardy? To no one's surprise, Erika and Mr. T. At the end of the day, it was Mr. T and Kym who were sent packing.  

Here's the leaderboard as it stands:

39: Rashad Jennings36: Simone Biles35: Heather Morris33: Nancy Kerrigan32: Normani Kordei, Bonner Bolton31: David Ross30: Nick Viall, Erika Jayne

Source: ABC

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