Dancing With the Stars Recap: Nyle DiMarco's Message is Heard

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Monday on Dancing With the Stars, the remaining contestants of this unpredictable season assembled to give it their all in a final push.

Who will walk away with the Mirror Ball trophy?

Nyle DiMarco, Paige VanZant and Ginger Zee made for a strong final three, with any of the three staking a strong claim to the crown.

On Tuesday night, however, there can be only one.

Who will it be? Well, if Carrie Ann Inaba's praise is any indication, one of the three turned in "the best dance I have ever seen" in 22 seasons.

That went to deaf America's Next Top Model star DiMarco, who performed a freestyle for the ages with his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.

Set to "The Sound of Silence" and dedicated to the deaf community, particularly deaf children, the perfect score of 30 almost felt too low.

People might think Dancing with the Stars is rigged for Nyle, but there's not a whole lot of fixing that needs to be done if he does this.

"I think we couldn't have had a better night. Every week I'm able to bring my story out," DiMarco explained later through an interpreter.

"The deaf community goes through a lot and [I was] really trying to explain how to raise a deaf child ... I'm happy we were able to make it happen."

"There's about 70 million deaf people in the world and only two percent have access to education and 75 percent of parents don't sign to their deaf kids."

"I'm trying to get people to hear us out."

The model also got a 27 for his cowboy quickstep for a total of 57 out of 60 points, but more important than any scores, he emphasized:

"The show has made me realize how I can impact other lives. It's not really about me. It's about the millions of deaf people that live."

"Tonight, my message is really personal." 

DiMarco hasn't heard a note this season and "competing against people that have that hearing advantage ... I just tried to take it week by week."

"[Murgatroyd] pushed me hard as well. I feel like this dance will be something that people will forever reflect on," he added.

Meanwhile, VanZant and partner Mark Ballas wound up on top of the leaderboard for their two dances, a salsa (29) and freestyle (39).

VanZant said her freestyle "felt great because I have opened up a lot and I feel like I've used this as a platform to share my story."

Hopefully, she said, it will help her "inspire a few people out there. That dance… is I'm somewhere over the rainbow now."

"I went through something really hard and traumatic and now the skies are blue and there's positive things happening and I can finally be happy."

As for GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee's crushing injury, she plowed through pelvic pain and back spasms to perform with Val Chmerkovskiy.

She told reporters post-show she had "a little back tightness but other than that, I feel awesome. We did it. We made it through."

The two scored 28 for their first dance and 30 for their freestyle, putting them one point ahead of Nyle and Peta and one back of Paige and Mark.

It's anyone's game! With scores that tight, it will all come down to the viewers to decide who joins this illustrious group of champions!

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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