Dancing with the Stars‘ Laurie Hernandez put her Olympic gymnastic skills to good use tonight during the freestyle portion of the show.
She backflipped and leaped with exciting and fun grace that landed her, once again, at the top of the leader board, poised to win that Mirror Ball Trophy in the finale.
She and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy showed off Hernandez’s childlike nature in their freestyle dance with a playground number that had them jumping all over the stage with big moves and big smiles.
The two, as you can imagine, earned a perfect score from the judges, and Len Goodman called the routine, “a joyful experience to watch.”
He wasn’t kidding, especially when you factor in Hernandez and her jaw-dropping gymnastic stunts to start off the show. There is a reason that girl is an Olympic gold medalist.
Though I do think Hernandez has the competition in the bag in Season 23 (as I’ve said since the beginning of the season) my favorite routine tonight was actually a surprise, even to myself. I loved Sharna Burgess and James Hinchcliffe’s freestyle.
The dance was inspired by his near-fatal car crash and started and ended with voiceover from Hinchcliffe recalling the blackout period right after the accident. The dancing was so gorgeous it gave me the chills.
With their white, flowing outfits and the single spotlight paired with their flawless moves across the floor, I was simply inspired.
The Season 23 finale of Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesday night at 9/8c on ABC.
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