"The way to honor her [grandmother] is to keep carrying yourself with the class that she does, with the focus and the strength that she does," Val continued. I told her, for a grandmother to see that she's leaving that behind, that's the proudest moment."
On Monday's episode, a heartbreaking package ran before Laurie and Val's dance, taped with the young athlete at her grandmother's assisted living facility. Her grandmother would die the day after the package was filmed.
What viewers at home didn't see was Val covering Laurie's ears while the package ran, moments before they danced.
"I didn’t see the package. I honestly just heard our producer say, 'You probably want to cover her ears,'" he shared. "So I tried. I also was breaking down because no one was covering my ears."