The judges and audience went wild for Victoria Arlen’s tango routine to Taylor Swift’s hit “Look What You Made Me Do” on Dancing With the Stars. Turns out, TayTay was also cheering-on from the sidelines.
Arlen, who has overcome crippling illness to make it to the dancefloor, delivered a standout performance with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy on Monday night’s DWTS.
The following day, Arlen enjoyed her 23rd birthday with a surprise gift: a bouquet of flowers with a kind message sent by Swift.
“Victoria, you are incredible and I was so honored you danced to my song. I’m so inspired by you. Love, Taylor,” Arlen read aloud after DWTS cohost Erin Andrews presented the special present.
Just one year ago, Arlen was learning to walk again. The ESPN TV personality and former paralympian swimmer had been paralyzed after a childhood illness culminated in two rare diseases, transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.
Performing to a Swift song was an easy choice to make. “I danced to her song ’22’ when I turned 22 on my last birthday, so I danced to her yesterday for this birthday,” Arlen explained, according to People.
Incredibly Grateful ??—— https://t.co/ogT54hsRrT
— Victoria Arlen (@Arlenv1) September 27, 2017
Swift has been keeping the floral industry in good shape of late. She sent a huge bunch of flowers to Cardi B. after the rapper dethroned the singer at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Bodak Yellow.”