Olympic gymnast Simone Biles closed the night on “Dancing with the Stars” in week five, when the show celebrated “Disney Night,” so the pressure was on to keep delivering after her improved scores in week four for her “Most Memorable Year” waltz inspired by the year she was adopted by her grandparents. She certainly lived up to that and then some.
Biles performed an acrobatic contemporary routine with pro partner Sasha Farber to the Oscar nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” which was sung live in the studio by the film’s star Auli’i Cravalho. She received her best judges’ scores to date: two 9s and two 10s for a total of 38, which placed her second on the leaderboard, right behind Normani Kordei‘s paso doble.
“What a great routine — Sasha, it was a smasher! … The dancing was fantastic. It absolutely floated my boat,” said judge Len Goodman about Biles’s infectious performance. Julianne Hough added, “You showcased your gymnastics. You showcased your passion. And the choreography was beautiful.” Bruno Tonioli called Biles “my lovely little goddess. You were triumphant on sea, land and in the air. I think gravity doesn’t apply to you.” Carrie Ann Inaba concluded, “It was such a high-energy, beautiful, powerful, yet poetic dance.”
Do you think Biles had the best routine of the night? Watch her contemporary routine 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.