On a “Dancing with the Stars” night full of tears, Heather Morris lightened the mood. “Most Memorable Year” is the theme night in which the stars reminisce about a year that had special significance in their lives and then perform a routine inspired by those events. While many other celebs picked tear-jerking memories, Morris went with her 2015 wedding to her husband Taylor Hubbell and performed an energetic cha cha to the upbeat song “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.
“Sharp, crisp, great hip action,” praised judge Len Goodman. “Loved the routine, loved your dancing. I thought it was lovely.” Julianne Hough added, “The choreography was amazing: so much cha cha content. You not only nailed it, but it was so fun too … You come to life when you come on stage.” Bruno Tonioli asked, “Can I marry you both?” And Carrie Ann Inaba agreed, adding that their “technique was on point … Your light gets brighter and brighter with each dance.” Morris received straight 9s from the judges panel — except for Inaba, who gave her an 8 because of a “lift” that was intended to symbolize a husband carrying his wife across the threshold. Morris ended up with a total score of 35 out of 40, which was nevertheless her best score of the season to date.
Morris was once again dancing with troupe member Alan Bersten due to her regular partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy‘s continued recovery from a calf injury. This was the third dance for Morris and Bersten, but Chmerkovskiy has always been watching closely and guiding them, and he has been so impressed by Bersten that he endorsed Bersten as a full-time pro for next season. To say the least, our readers agree.
Do you think Morris performed the best routine of the night? Watch her cha cha above and then vote in our poll below to decide your favorite performance from “Most Memorable Year” night. And if you think she’ll win the Mirror Ball Trophy you can make your predictions here.