“This year, 2018, [is my most memorable year] because I got engaged to the love of my life, Val,” said “Dancing with the Stars” pro dancer Jenna Johnson on Monday night’s episode, when the celebrity contestants performed routines inspired by their Most Memorable Year. The pros described their own formative experiences too, and while Johnson picked their engagement year as her most memorable, her betrothed didn’t. Awkward! Watch the pros talk about their meaningful years above.
Val Chmerkovskiy actually picked 2001 instead: “I won the Junior World Latin Championship just a month after 9/11,” he explained about his pick. “He didn’t choose this year?” said Johnson incredulously when she found out. “Not this year?” she repeated, pointing at her substantial engagement ring.
It was all in good fun, of course. We could see the lovebirds’ amused expressions as they watched the clip package together, so I’m pretty sure the nuptials are still on, after which Chmerkovskiy may be wise enough to pick that as his most memorable year.
Unfortunately for the couple, only one of them actually made it out of Most Memorable Year Night. Chmerkovskiy was eliminated in 11th place with his celeb partner Nancy McKeon, which ties the very worst finish Chmerkovskiy ever had on the show: he also finished 11th with Elisabetta Canalis in season 13, his very first season competing on the show.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s partner Joe Amabile continues to advance through the competition despite getting the lowest judges’ score for the fourth time in a row. The “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” star has never gotten out of the bottom of the leaderboard, though the judges admire his effort and determination. Could he improve enough to take Johnson all the way to the Mirror Ball Trophy? It would be her second in a row following her victory with Adam Rippon this past spring. And it would also tie Chmerkovskiy, who has also won two Mirror Ball titles. That’ll teach him not to remember their engagement.
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