[WATCH] ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy relive past prom trauma

“That was a pretty good first prom, I must say,” said Laurie Hernandez on “DWTS All Access” after she performed her prom-themed quickstep to celebrate the 1960s on “Eras Night” (watch above). It was the first prom for Hernandez,  who is just 16-years-old and may be on her way to becoming the youngest Mirror Ball Trophy champion in the show’s history.

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“That was the first corsage I’ve ever had — and when he first said ‘corsage’ I thought he said ‘croissant,’ so that was pretty funny,” added Hernandez, exhibiting peak adorableness with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who previously won the Mirror Ball with actress Rumer Willis in season 20 of the reality competition series.

But it sounds like this week’s performance will give Hernandez a much better memory of prom than Chmerkovskiy has. He vaguely alluded to his own horror story, explaining that the biggest challenge of his “Eras Night” dance was to “completely erase from my memory bank my own prom experience, which was very different from the one we experienced now … There was an introduction, there was an action, there was regret, and ultimately there was a lifetime of pain.”

“When then my prom was better than your prom,” Hernandez replied. That’s an understatement.

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