DWTS season 27: Bobby Bones' most memorable year performance was an emotional nod to his education dreams
The theme for week three of 'Dancing With The Stars' was 'Most Memorable Year' and Bobby Bones chose to go with 1998, the year he graduated from high school. Here's his story
The last episode of 'Dancing With The Stars' season 27 was a massive tearjerker - in terms of its theme, which required the star contestants to perform to a song from the year that was the most memorable one in their lives.
So when radio personality Bobby Bones picked the year he graduated high school, it obviously rang with the sentiments of many others as a milestone year in a person's life. But by the looks of it, there was more to the reason behind Bobby picking his graduation year as the most significant one to dedicate a dance performance to in the competition.
Explaining why he picked the year 1998, Bobby began saying: "No one had done that [graduated high school] before in my family. My mom, was pregnant with me when she was 15 years old and struggling with addiction. She had to drop out of school."
In the video reel preceding his performance of the night, Bobby also explained that his father had left them "before he could barely remember". He further added that he never even had a bedroom growing up and would use the couch in the living room to sleep on. And it was to get out of "the culture that he was in", that Bobby was even more driven to get an education.
"School was important to me to try to break the cycle. When I graduated high school, and I put on that cap and gown, it was a big deal to me. It was a big deal to my mom," he said. Sadly, Bobby's mother died from drug and alcohol abuse when she was in her 40s, but as a bleak silver lining, she was able to earn her GED before that. "She told me it was because I graduated high school, and I inspired her to do that [get her GED]," he explained.
Just moments after this, Bobby took over the dance floor with his pro-partner, Sharna Burgess, and delivered an emotion-packed contemporary routine to 'A Million Dreams' from 'The Greatest Showman' - which also proved to be his best performance on the show so far, as it earned him a solid 23 out of 30.
What a night . Thank you all for watching and voting . And being awesome . That was nuts. In a lot of ways pic.twitter.com/y46wVsPnRV— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) October 9, 2018
Reminiscing the evening, Bobby also told Entertainment Tonight: "I hope that people are touched by that. It's why I tell my story, so people don't feel so alone. I think I felt very alone for a lot of my life, but once I was able to share my story more and more, and people would say, 'Hey,' not 'I feel sorry for you', but 'I get it, and I understand you.' It kind of encouraged me to tell it more. I just don't want people to feel alone."
'Dancing With The Stars' airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm. on ABC.