Which year was the most memorable for the dancers?
That was the big question on the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, and they opened up about it before hitting up the ballroom for some elegant dances.
Which couple was clipped right before the close of the episode?
Get up to speed on all the routines below.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson - Quickstep - “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
Frankie is a talented actor, race car driver and rock & roll drummer. He can now add dancer to that list because his performance throughout this season has been reliable.
He opened up about his favorite year being 2017 because he has suffered nine concussions in his life and several mini-strokes in his life. On top of that, he has some significant memory problems and cannot recall several key moments from his earlier years.
“It makes me a little sad,” said Muniz. “Things pop back into my mind [that] I should have remembered.”
The performance was solid, serving as a great return to form after last week's mediocre one.
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke - Viennese Waltz - “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
Terrell had a lot to say about the year 2012, and that's because it is the year he lost his Grandmother. She was the one who raised him to become the fine man he is today and she done an awesome job with him.
He and Cheryl turned in their best performance of the season. It was fluid, and clear they had taken on all of the feedback given to them by the judges.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev - Contemporary - “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
Nikki had a rough 2016 because that was the year her neck was allegedly going to snap in half and threatened to end her career. She managed to get strong again in just seven months, and it proved she was a solid competitor.
The song choice was appropriate when you consider what the woman has gone through over the last year, and her performance benefited from it.
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd - Contemporary - “Falling Slowly” by Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard
Nick went with the year 2011, the year he and Vanessa got hitched. We're surprised he never went with the first year he was on that reality show with Jessica.
Remember the time she quizzed him about the tuna and chicken? That was reality TV gold.
The performance was more of the same from Nick. He is still wooden and trying too hard to do something he lacks the skill to do. Peta continued to be a delight.
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas - Viennese Waltz - “Anchor” by Mindy Gledhill
Lindsey went with the year her father died and crafted a dance that found a young girl dancing with her father. To get into character, he even wore one of Lindsey's father's scarf.
Yes, it all sounds a little out there, but it resulted in Lindsey's best performance of the season. The judges loved it and it, reflected in the scores.
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess - Jazz - “Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield
Derek went through hell when he learned his daughter had eye cancer at just ten months old. With experimental surgery on the table, he chatted about handing his daughter over to have the surgery.
It was a harrowing story and one that had some light at the end. It did result in a more polished performance, but he is still not fully in sync with Sharna, and that's not a good thing.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold - Contemporary - “Take Me Home” by Us The Duo
Jordan was officially adopted by his grandparents in 2005, and he planned to show off how he felt about it with a dance routine. As always Jordan killed it.
The judges seemed astounded by the technique and the routine as a whole.
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko Foxtrot, “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray
Sasha opened up earlier this season about the comments about her weight due to her health issues. It came to a head in 2016 when Pretty Little Liars wrapped filming, and she struggled to get a new gig.
Her boyfriend proposed to her, and it helped her put things in perspective.
Sasha continued to show a marked improvement vs. her performance in week one, and it helped her and Gleb off the bottom of the leaderboard.
Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Rumba - “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” by Nick Lachey
Vanessa's big life moment was giving birth to her child at 29 weeks, and not knowing how to process all of it. These stories are real heartbreaking tonight.
Unfortunately, we did not get any of the details on what really happened between Vanessa and Maks, but at least they were back together tonight.
Their performance was not quite as polished as some of their earlier ones. They did a dance to one of Nick's songs, so it did make for an interesting watch.
Drew Scott and Emma Slater - Jive - “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
Drew struggled in 2007 when his acting career did not take off, so he got his brother to work with him on a little show called Property Brothers. And that show is still a roaring success.
Their dance seemed like a normal one, but then Jonathan appeared on the stage to dance along with them. What the heck is going on this season?
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy - Foxtrot - “I Lived” by OneRepublic
Victoria's whole life has been memorable, and that's because her illness came out of nowhere and there was a chance she was never going to emerge from her vegetative state.
Her dance tonight was an ode to her life, and everything about it was flawless. The judges lapped it up.
The couples in danger of elimination were Nick and Peta and Derek and Sharna. Just when it seemed like there was hope for Derek and Sharna, they lost their spot.
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