During Monday, November 7’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” a performance brought Derek Hough to tears, which is unusual for the judge-turned-pro-judge. He’s always very thoughtful and sincere in his reviews, but it’s rare to see him hold back tears.
Here’s what happened and what Hough said about the performance:
Derek Hough said Daniel Durant’s non-music section was ‘insanely powerful’
For ’90s night, actor Daniel Durant and his pro partner Britt Stewart performed a jazz dance to Depeche Mode’s song “Enjoy the Silence.” Eventually the music stopped and they danced in silence to show everyone what it’s like for Durant, who was born deaf.
After that, all the judges were full of praise for the whole dance, but especially for this moment.
“Daniel, that was so incredibly powerful because it made me realize how addicted I am to the music,” Hough said. “So to share this experience [gets choked up], that was powerful, man. But right behind, your dancing, man. You are such a great partner for Britt. You support her, you are there for her, you help her, you are strong for her and that is as important to me as being a great dancer and you are both brother. Thanks for that.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Not only was this dance educational and deep, it was so funky … I’m so proud of you and it’s an honor to see you dance.”
“Daniel the world is proud of you because tonight we all felt magical. We felt the sound of silence and were all fascinated. What you’re doing out here is so special, it’s a gift to us,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli.
On her Instagram post with video After the performance, Stewart wrote a tribute to her partner, thanking him for transforming her life.
“I always have a hard time finding the words after something really touches me. Last night felt profound and bigger than Daniel and I,” Stewart wrote. “Daniel, thank you for letting us into your world last night. you change my life To all of you, THANK YOU for your continued support!!! You helped us get to the SEMIFINALS!!!!! We are so excited and infinitely grateful! Let’s go all the way team!!!”
Inaba also expressed her condolences to Durant for the loss of his birth mother
In Durant’s video package, he shared his emotional and heartbreaking story of his relationship with his birth mother. He said she was also deaf and eventually started using drugs, culminating in her leaving him with a friend.
“As a baby, she left me with her friend and my birth mother never showed up. Growing up, I saw other families with their biological parents and children and wondered why I had the same thing?” said Durant.
He went on to share how they reconnected when he was graduating in high school, then later died of cancer.
When I graduated high school I got a text and it was my birth mother and we decided to meet for the first time. She immediately hugged me. I felt weird. But at the same time I knew that this was my biological mother, I could feel my blood.
Then a few years later I found out that she had cancer all over her body, it was really bad. I said thank you to her for giving me life and I understand because she has been through a tough life. And about two weeks later she died.
And to this day I regret it. I feel stupid, I wish I’d seen her more often. So I could save her or do something. But at the same time I accept it and I felt like she was relieved because she saw me for the last time. It still baffles me to this day.
It’s difficult and emotional for me to share this story, but I’m so happy to be able to share my heart and soul with Britt and all viewers around the world.
After his dance, an emotional Inaba said to Durant, “Daniel, first I want to say I’m sorry for your loss and I want you to know that by sharing your experiences in this way, you are saving so many people out there. “
Durant and Stewart finished fourth that night with 39 points. They have now made it into the top six couples dancing in next week’s semifinals.
In his Instagram stories after the show, Hough teased that things were about to get real.
“What the hell is going on?! Were here. Next week is the semi-finals and then the finale of season 31 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’. It was amazing and it’s about to come true,” Hough said, adding, “What a night! And it’s going to get crazier, so stay tuned.”
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