J.R. Martinez on DWTS: Pink Panther Style!

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Given his personal history, J.R. Martinez couldn't possibly top last week's ode to fallen servicemen and women on Dancing With the Stars. But his Pink Panther-themed tango - perfectly attuned to breast cancer awareness month - was still terrific.

Even if he weren't a good dancer (and he is), he'd be a joy to watch.

Every waking moment he leads by example, illustrating with his scarred face and body that it's possible to move beyond the doubt, despair and depression and reclaim a meaningful existence, his story becomes more remarkable.

Here's his performance last night, good enough for second place:

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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