Gymnast Simone Biles was back in top form on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. After getting the highest judges’ score in the season premiere episode she dropped to fourth place in weeks two and three, but she’s once again close to the top after she performed a routine inspired by her “Most Memorable Year.” Her Viennese waltz with her pro partner Sasha Farber was dedicated to 2000, the year she was adopted by her maternal grandfather at the age of three. Her birth mother had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and couldn’t care for Biles or her siblings.
After watching her clip package Biles was crying before her routine even began, and she said it was only “muscle memory” that allowed her to get through — a consummate athlete. Judge Len Goodman told her, “That was your best dance so far — well done.” Julianne Hough, who has been encouraging Biles to show more emotion, added, “This is what I’ve been waiting for … Do this every single time.” Bruno Tonioli agreed, adding, “You made yourself vulnerable, but you still danced beautifully.” Carrie Ann Inaba praised Biles’s connection to Farber and said the dancing itself was “obviously breathtaking.”
But Biles didn’t quite reach the top of the leaderboard again. She received straight 9s from the judging panel for a total of 36 out of 40. That was her best score of the season so far and the second best score anyone has gotten this season, but she was behind the night’s star performance by Rashad Jennings, who received three perfect 10s for his equally emotional contemporary routine.
Do you think Biles had the best routine of the night? Watch her waltz 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.