Dancing With The Stars 2019: The Most Emotional Moments So Far
This season of Dancing With The Stars has been an emotional one -- both on and off the dance floor.
Constance Hall, Samuel Johnson and Courtney Act are preparing to dance their hearts out for the coveted mirrorball trophy -- and $50,000 for their chosen charity -- at the glittering grand finale this Monday night at 7.30pm.
It's been a tough few months of gruelling rehearsals with our dancers pushing themselves to their physical limits. But we've also seen the emotional toll that dancing takes, with the celebs pouring their hearts and souls into every piece of choreography.
Samuel Johnson’s Heartbreaking Dance For His Late Sister Connie
It was the week that our celebrities were asked to create a dance that paid tribute to their most memorable year and for Sam, that year was all about his sister, Connie Johnson.
"My memorable year,” he said in an interview ahead of the dance, “is 2017, the year I lost my sister” he explained. "She got sick and left this extraordinary legacy for the country... it’s not the cancer that’s making me cry, it’s what she did for me," he said.
Sam and his professional dance partner Jorja managed to tell the story of his 40+ year relationship with Connie, condensed into a one-minute contemporary dance that had everyone in tears.
Jimmy Rees Exits The Competition After Newborn Son’s Health Scare
Children's TV presenter Jimmy Rees quickly earned himself the nickname 'Jimmy Sizzle' and was making some seriously impressive strides on the dance floor.
But just days before his Week eight performance -- which he was dedicating to his young family -- Rees' newborn son Mack was rushed to the hospital fighting for his life after a routine medical procedure went wrong.
"For a minute there, [my wife] Tori and I thought he might not have made it," Rees said in a video he sent to the show's producers.
Thankfully, little Mack has been recovering well, with Jimmy taking some time off at home with his family, including Mack's twin Vinny and older brother Lenny.
"He’s doing really well, he’s a little trooper," said Rees in the clip. "We’ve been by his side giving him all the support all he needs. All credit to the doctors, they saved his life," he added.
Jett Kenny Breaks Down After Tough Week On The Dancefloor
Early on in the competition, professional lifeguard Jett Kenny explained that he was starting to feel the pressure after "messing up" his tango routine with dance partner Lily Cornish. Although it wasn't criticism from judges Sharna Burgess, Tristan MacManus or even Craig Revel Horwood that had him concerned.
"I get told all the time that I'm too hard on myself and it's just sort of the way I've been my entire life," he said in an interview, wiping away tears.
"I didn't think it was going to be emotionally difficult," he added, describing the toll that Dancing had taken on him. "I wouldn't say it's broken me, but it's hard."
Courtney Act’s Showstopping Tango
In one of the most memorable performances of the entire competition, Courtney Act chose to reflect on the year 2014 for a very important reason -- it was the year that her "internal battles" with masculinity, femininity and gender identity reached a resolution.
"Masculinity was so ingrained in me and I was taught that men had to be men and women had to be women," Courtney said, "it always felt like a battle because I wanted to be Barbie and I wanted to be Ken all at the same time."
The inspirational tango brought her gender identity journey to prime time TV -- and broadcast this important message: "I realised I don't have to choose...that I can just me be" Courtney explained.
DENISE SCOTT Dedicates Her Time On DWTS To Her Mum
Denise Scott killed it with her performance to "I Will Survive" in a sparkly tartan dress, her ode to winning a church talent show back in 1966 and paving the way for her fearless attitude in her comedy career. She was sadly knocked out of the competition that evening but told us prior to elimination that she was doing it all for her late mum, Marg.
She told 10 daily that her chosen charity was Dementia Australia because her mother "lived with Alzheimer's for about 10 years before she died".
"Caring for someone with dementia is so full-on and traumatising," Denise said, "and for such a common disease there isn't a lot of help out there. Dementia Australia provides it."
Constance Hall Dedicates Her Fusion Dance To Her Husband
Constance has made it all the way to the Dancing With The Stars grand finale -- but not without some huge sacrifices and support from her family in Western Australia.
Which is why she dedicated her quickstep/cha-cha to her husband -- Denim Cooke -- who has taken care of their brood of seven kids, including their ten-month-old baby, Raja.
"Throughout this whole process, he has been the driving force," she said of Denim. "He comes to all of my rehearsals, he's believed in me...and every night that I came home and cried, he rubbed my feet," she said, adding that he was "just a rock".
Have your tissue box handy for the grand finale on Monday night -- when Constance, Sam and Courtney step on to the dance floor for the final time.
Dancing With The Stars Grand Finale Airs Monday, April 22 at 7:30, only on 10 and WIN Network.
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