Competing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” is tough. But what if you don’t have legs?
Pro snowboarder and Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee due to bacterial meningitis when she was 19 years old. But that hasn’t stopped her from doing….well, anything!
“We can’t judge you any different to any other star in the competition, and I think that’s how you’d want it,” judge Len Goodman started out Monday night after her debut dance with partner Dereck Hough. “You got a bronze medal in the Olympics, you got a gold medal in the cha cha cha.” Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli agreed. “Timing, shapes, performance level..how do you do it?”
“I’m in shock. You are more than a dancer or a contestant on this show. You are a beacon of light.”
Purdy received great reviews from the judges and surprised herself with how well she did.
“I wanted to see what I’m really capable of doing,” she told Erin Andrews. And apparently, she’s capable of quite a lot.
I think it is so admirable, amazing, inspiring how Purdy can literally dance through her disability. Really she was incredible, with or without full legs, and I cannot wait to see what Hough comes up with for her this season!
Fellow Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis are also contestants on the show this season. It’s the first time they’ll compete against each other in almost 17 years.
“Even though we have different partners, we’re still doing this together,” said Davis who is paired up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
But the star of the night was partner Charlie White who is paired up with Sharna Burgess and delivered an emotional contemporary dance receiving three 9’s from the judges.
“You’re an ice dancer, how much of an advantage do you have?” asked co-host Erin Andrews.
“There is a performance aspect that we’re comfortable with, but this movement is all new to me,” White said giving credit to his partner Sharna.
The show is back Monday nights and judging from the opener this week, I think this season is going to be pretty awesome.
And can I just say THANK HEAVENS the live band is back, the judges are back on the left side of the stage, and Erin Andrews is co-hosting. All is right in the world.