Dancing With The Stars 2019: Samuel Johnson Reveals Heartbreaking Meaning Behind Dance
After a great performance to the Oscar-winning song, Samuel opened up about what the dance meant to him.
Dancing to "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, Samuel and his professional dance partner Jorja Rae Freeman performed a soulful Rumba.
Following the performance, Samuel was asked about the romance behind the dance saying it was a difficult hurdle for him to overcome.
"I had a partner, her name was Lainie and she died from a sore heart," Samuel told host Amanda Keller following the performance adding, "I've been thinking a lot because you told me to be romantic this week, that was the brief."
"I haven't been able to be romantic since then, not really," Samuel added, "So I thought I'd just try and think of her during the song and maybe that'll make it beautiful."
Samuel has spoken previously about losing his ex-girlfriend Lainie, who died by suicide in early 2006 on the night he broke up with her.
In an episode of Australian Story from 2008 Samuel described Lainie as "one of the most lovely girls you could ever meet" and has admitted he will live with that in his heart.
"When someone takes their own life, you know, you live forever without any of those questions getting answered, like why," he said, "And you have to come to terms with the fact that there’s no single answer."
Overcome with emotion, Samuel fought back tears as he spoke to viewers saying, "Anyone who's feeling icky... go and do something physical. We should all dance."
Later, speaking to Grant Denyer, Samuel added the whole Dancing with the Stars experience had been "intensely emotional".
"If I tried to hide it, I'd do worse," Samuel added, "I think everyone's having their moments and that's what dancing brings out. It brings out everything."
This isn't the first time his performances on Dancing have affected Samuel, earlier in the competition the actor dedicated an incredible performance to his late sister Connie.
Samuel's time on Dancing with the Stars has been to raise funds for Love Your Sister, the charity he and Connie started before her death.
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