J.R. Martinez on Dancing With the Stars: An Inspiring, Tear-Jerking Performance

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We didn't know it was possible to become legitimately choked up while watching Dancing With the Stars, but J.R. Martinez proved it possible Monday night.

There weren't many dry eyes left in the room following the Iraq War veteran's moving life story of injury and redemption, followed by an emotional dance.

After J.R. finished his rumba with Karina Smirnoff, the All My Children actor seemed taken aback by what he's been through - not just on DWTS but in life.

Here's Martinez's full segment on last night's show:

Only Ricki Lake (27) topped J.R. (26) among Monday's Dancing With the Stars scores. Along with Chynna Phillips (26), they look like the three to beat.


wow i haven't missed Dancing with the Stars for a very long time. i had to cut my Rural Crime Watch meeting short last night to get home to watch it. I had tears when i watched JR dance along with Ricki. Two of the best dancers.
Keep up all the good work.

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente