'Dancing with the Stars' season 27: Juan Pablo Di Pace scores season's first perfect score, emotional elimination follows
The theme for the night allowed the dance floor to be turned into a time machine as each contestant paid tribute to a memorable year in their respective lives
The latest episode of ABC's hit reality dance show, 'Dancing with the Stars' season 27, was packed with a lot of surprises - both in terms of stellar performances and emotional outcomes - making it one memorable night indeed. For starters - the theme for the night allowed the dance floor to be turned into a time machine as each contestant paid tribute to a memorable year in their respective lives - something that made for a truly tear-jerker of an episode.
But what really held up the mood for the night in high spirits was Juan Pablo Di Pace's performance which gave him ample reason to celebrate as he ended up scoring the first ever perfect score this season. As Di Pace commemorated the year he left his native Buenos Aires to follow his dreams of being an artist in the United States, he also revealed he had fled his hometown because of the bullying he faced there - and as the result of the fleeing, the 'Grease' actor eventually found his life-long passion as a result.
"Argentina wasn't the happiest place for me. I was heavily bullied in school," he said. "I was called all kinds of things under the sun. I was beaten up and spat on, all that because I was a little different ... awkward ... artistic." Di Pace chose to celebrate his remarkable journey and how far he has come, with a fiery samba to “Ni Tu Ni Yo” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Gente de Zona, alongside his pro partner Cheryl Burke.
The performance was able to earn such heightened praises by both audience and judges that even Len Goodman - who's easily the toughest to please on the show - gave the two a standing ovation too! Bruno Tonioli said, "This is one of the best sambas I have ever seen,” while Carrie Ann Inaba gushed about their performance, saying, “That samba was off the charts.”
However, following the massive high from the performance, and several other equally emotional performances, co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews proceeded to reveal the two couples in danger of exiting the show: Nancy McKeon and pro Val Chmerkovskiy, and Tinashe and pro Brandon Armstrong. Ultimately, Chmerkovskiy and McKeon - who had also fractured her foot ahead of performance last week - was revealed to be going home.
McKeon and Chmerkovskiy's performance was a rumba to Lukas Graham's "Love Someone" - paying tribute to the year her family was complete. It had earned them a good 22 out of 30, but sadly, that wasn't enough.