'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Mr. T waltzes off, Rashad Jennings dazzles
The performers recalled emotional moments from their lives.
April 11, 2017, 7:55 AM
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-- It was Most Memorable Year night on week 4 of "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday, and it was nearly impossible to get through the show without a box of tissues as performers shared one moving personal story after another.
Rashad Jennings shared his story about passing up a scholarship to care for his father and had the highest score of the night, with a 39. His contemporary dance to "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry wowed the judges. Judge Bruno Tonioli called the performance "one of the most beautiful works of art."
Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei shared a heartwarming story about the generous support of her parents, who never stopped believing in her. She kicked off the dancing with an enchanting rumba with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, and was backed up live by fellow Fifth Harmony members Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui covering "Impossible" by Barbadian singer Shontelle. Tonioli called her a "rumba dominatrix" and gave her a 9 out of 10. Kordei got a total score of 32.
Audience favorite Mr. T recalled being diagnosed with cancer in the most heart-wrenching story of the night, saying that his faith in God helped him pull through.
Unfortunately, with a low score of 28, Mr. T was later revealed to be in jeopardy and was voted off. The audience voiced its disapproval with booing that could be heard over the vote-off music. Nevertheless, the unflappable Mr. T said he was happy to have the opportunity and joked that he couldn't believe the show wanted him as a guest after he told producers that he can't dance.
Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan also won hearts when she shared her touching and inspirational story about being a mother. In 1996 she gave birth to her first child. Trying for her second, she miscarried six times before welcoming another son, Brian, in 2005. She is now the proud mother of three and dedicated her dance to them. Her foxtrot to "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts earned her a 33.
Monday night's standout moment:
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber waltzed to "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin and impressed the judges, earning the second-highest score of the night: 36. She stole the show when she broke down talking about being adopted. "My parents saved me," she said. "They've set huge examples of how to treat other people, and they've been there to support me since Day One."
Judges' scores: Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – 39 out of 40 Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – 36 Heather Morris and Alan Bersten, filling in for Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 35 Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – 33 Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – 32 Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 32 David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – 31 Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – 30 Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko – (in jeopardy) 30 Mr. T and Kym Herjavec – (eliminated) 28
"Dancing With the Stars" returns next Monday on ABC.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the timing of Nancy Kerrigan's miscarriages; they were after the birth of her first child, who was born in 1996. Her second child was born in 2005.