Season 23 of Dancing With The Stars is proving to be one of the most emotional seasons thus far.
Not a week goes by where a contestant doesn’t manage to move the audience or judges to tears with their passion, dedication, or heartbreaking story.
Usually, the most emotional moments occur during the “Most Memorable Year” episode, but in the semi-finals episode, the tears were flowing when Olympian Laurie Hernandez took the stage.
Laurie has been crushing the competition this season, working hard with her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, to prove that a 16-year-old deserves to win this competition.
No one has doubted Laurie’s abilities, and after this episode, no one will ever doubt her dedication — not after she performed two days after the death of a loved one.
Laurie’s grandmother, Brunilda Hernandez, had recently been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In this week’s episode, the pre-taped portion of Laurie’s segment involved her visiting her grandma in a nursing home.
“My grandma suffers from Alzheimer’s, so her memory is not that great. I kind of feel bad, I’ve been away from home, so I haven’t been able to see her as much as I used to,” Laurie said in the taping. “She’s not doing very well, but I think I’m going to see her very soon.”
In honor of her grandma, she performed a foxtrot to Tori Kelly’s “Hollow” and the dance was haunting.