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Rumer Willis' family left a big impression on Val Chmerkovskiy

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Val Chmerkovskiy has the sweetest thing to say about Rumer Willis and her family

Val Chmerkovskiy said his biggest accomplishment on DWTS this season was not winning the mirror ball — it was bringing Rumer Willis' family closer together.

Willis' entire family, including her mother Demi Moore, father Bruce Willis, sisters Scout and Tallulah and sometimes even her grandmother were regulars in the audience during her 10-week run on the show and were often brought to tears by Rumer's beautiful performances.

"That for me was the accomplishment this season — to see her family outside of their last names or their stature, but as parents, sitting there completely in awe of their daughter," Chmerkovskiy told People.

"For me that's huge," he says. "Validation from a parent? To look at their kid with pride and say, 'Wow. I never thought she could do that. Thank you so much for allowing us as a family to experience that.' Being a part of that — that was the best part."

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"I'm glad that the world got to see a different side of the Willis and Moore family," Chmerkovskiy continued. "First of all, they saw class, beyond the images. I know pictures say a thousand words but they also don’t say millions of other words that need to be said… The whole family is pleasantly surprising in the most incredible way."

The dancing duo is going to be seeing a lot of each other over the next few months: Rumer has signed on for the DWTS summer tour.

Val Chmerkovskiy has the sweetest thing to say about Rumer Willis and her family

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