The 8 Most Memorable Moments From the 'DWTS' 10th Anniversary Special
By Zach Seemayer
After 10 years and 20 seasons, Dancing With the Starscelebrated their legacy with a wildly entertaining, star-studded extravaganza that featured a look back over the last decade of dancing, drama and delight, as well as offered up some wonderful new routines that have already made their own place in DWTS history.
So, in an hour-long special jam packed with great memories and amazing dances, let's take a look at the night's eight most memorable moments.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy Show So Much Skin
Early in the night, the show got super steamy when first season champion Kelly Monaco and DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy stripped down into tiny swimsuits and showed more skin than any other routine in DWTS history.
Maks and Len on a Bike Built for Two
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and judge Len Goodman have always had a contentious relationship, and it's been rumored that Len may have been one of the reasons Maks left the show. However, in his return for this special episode, Maks and Len seemed to put their differences in the past as they adorably rode a bicycle built for two.
Looking at DWTS Most Inspiring Contestants
DWTS has always featured contestants with inspirational stories, or stars who have the cards stacked against them when it comes to competitive dancing. Stars such as Amy Purdy, Noah Galloway, J.R. Martinez and many others have come on the show and blown away audiences and the judges with their inspirational stories and their determination. It was hard not to get a little teary-eyed reliving some of those special moments.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson Are Still Amazing
After taking home the Mirror Ball Trophy last season, Alfonso and Witney tore up the dance floor and proved that they hadn't lost a step since the end of season 19.
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Are Still Amazing as Well
Right after Alfonso and Witney blew the roof off, season 18 winner (and Olympic gold medalist) Meryl Davis performed an astounding number with Maks, and it sure felt like the spark they shared in season 18 still had some heat.
NFL Paso Doble
While you might not imagine that football stars would be great dancers, Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver should disprove that misconception. Aside from those three Mirror Ball Trophy Winners, DWTS brought back nearly every NFL star who's ever competed for a super-fun group dance.
Amber Riley, Lil' Kim, Patti LaBelle Perform "Lady Marmalade"
This was just awesome. After getting voted off last week, Patti returned to the DWTS stage to sing her 1974 super-hit "Lady Marmalade." She was joined on stage by former Glee star Amber Riley, who won the Mirror Ball Trophy in season 17, and Lil' Kim, who appeared on DWTS in season 8. It was definitely a show-stealing performance.
Everyone Hits the Dance Floor
The night ended with a giant free-for-all dance party with nearly every pro and contestant in the show's decade-long history hitting the stage and having a great time. It was a fitting and wonderful ending for a very entertaining special.