ABC might as well re-name this episode "All The Feels." Just about every dance was a genuine tearjerker—and, as a rule, I am so not a crier, y'all. That said, certain numbers stood out for amaaaaaaazing or awkward reasons. In keeping with the emotional roller coaster theme of last night, here are our (highly subjective) highs and lows from Week 4.
Low: Nick and Peta's rumba. Major props to Ms. Murgatroyd, not only for providing every last smidgen of the technique and sparkle in this bizarre Bachelor-themed version of "Shape of You," but also for putting up with Nick's gaze firmly fixed on the floor. Just when you thought things couldn't get more palpably awkward, Nick's fiancée Vanessa Grimaldi appeared at the end for a very long, very graphic smooch. No one wants to see that much PDA, "DWTS" producers. (But we love you, Peta. Keep fighting the good fight.)
High: Heather and Alan's cha cha. This number had all the ingredients for a perfect "Most Memorable Year": touching backstory all about family (cue the awwwwwww's), a deep connection to the song and—oh yeah—some seriously flawless fancy footwork! Plus the brief cameo appearance by Morris's real-life husband was more natural than some others on the episode. (Yes, I am giving you serious side eye right now, Nick.)
Rashad and Emma's contemporary (I'm not crying, you're crying!)
Bonner and Sharna's foxtrot. Dance heals, y'all. For proof, check out the full video:
Erika and Gleb's disappointing cha cha. Spacey "stage presence" and a general lack of confidence doomed what could have been an AMAZING Madonna tribute number.
Mr. T getting sent home. I know he wasn't exactly slaying the competition, but what a cutie! I'll miss his enthusiasm and good-natured presence.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer