Chances of professional dancer Derek Hough winning his sixth Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars were crushed when he broke his toe and sprained his ankle. But he didn’t let his injuries keep him from rehearsing. He helped his celeb partner, Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, and his replacement, pro dancer Sasha Farber, learn the modern Charleston dance he had choreographed. The team effort paid off. Team Nastia got the highest score of the night – 38!
While Nastia has never lacked in athletic ability on the dance floor, at times her elite gymnast discipline has overshadowed or hindered a real release of personality. And in order to win DWTS, you need to demonstrate both-which Nastia did with Sasha Farber. Could it be she’s found the right partner? In the post-dance interview Derek was so busy plugging his own upcoming show, he forgot to mention that Nastia just killed it. What about a call for votes, Derek?