This season’s Dancing With the Stars contestants continued to dance their worries away on Monday’s (Oct. 8) episode, providing the judges and the audience with some truly memorable performances.
On last night’s episode, the 11 remaining celebrities and their pro partners performed routines inspired by a year that marked a significant time in their lives. Check out some of the performance highlights below.
Milo Manheim & Whitney Carson
For his most memorable year yet, 17-year-old Milo Manheim picked 2018 for inspiration; the Disney star is graduating high school, applying to college, starred in his first movie Zombies and feels like “the luckiest 17-year-old in the world.” For the performance, Manheim and coach Whitney Carson did the Jive to “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc, delivering an energy-filled performance that kicked off with the actor grabbing his high school diploma and concluded with him dancing on top of the judge’s table and doing a back flip.
Tinashe & Brandon Armstrong
Honoring the song that put her on the map, Tinashe picked 2014 as her most memorable year, paying homage to the time she released her debut album Aquarius and made it big with smash hit “2 On.” Stunning in a shimmering blue dress, the singer and coach Brandon Armstrong danced the Rumba to a soulful rendition of Tinashe’s track, delivering a sultry, proud number that guaranteed them their highest score of the season: 27 out of 30.
Alexis Ren & Alan Bersten
Bringing raw emotion to the show, model Alexis Ren’s most memorable year was also the most painful: the year her mother passed away after a battle with cancer in 2014. “Those months changed me so drastically,” she added in tears. Dedicating the performance to her late mother, Ren and coach Alan Bersten danced Contemporary to a cover of The Fray’s “How to Save a Life,” bringing the audience, and Ren herself, to tears after the beautiful and highly emotive performance.
Nancy McKeon & Val Chmerkovskiy
For her most memorable year, Facts of Life star Nancy McKeon choose 2006 — the year her family finally became complete. Dedicating the dance to her husband and two daughters, McKeon and coach Val Chmerkovskiy took the stage for a classy Rumba act, getting some special help from Lukas Graham, who performed “Love Someone” live as the duo gracefully danced. Despite their joyful performance and McKeon’s growth as a dancer, Nancy and Val were eliminated at the end of the emotional episode.