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With a hearing-impaired dancer in the competition, it was only a matter of time before a moment like this came to “Dancing With the Stars.” On Monday’s (May 9) episode, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd took the music out of their routine. Hitting the stage with a powerful paso doble number, the pair not only hit their steps hard and with meaning, the music stopped halfway through the number.

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Doing their part to show the audience what it feels like to go through the motions of a dance routine without the ability to hear the music, all that was heard for these seconds was the clapping of the audience. The moment definitely drove the point home and moved the crowd in multiple ways.

Len Goodman’s comments weren’t very positive, saying, “I thought there needed a little more shaping through the body, on occasion.” As the boos came from the audience, his critiques grew harsher, but he ended his point on a high note, with: “I’ve got to say, you come out every time and you dance with purpose and confidence.”

“I thought that was mind blowing,” exclaims Bruno Tonioli. Shifting the tone of the critiques, Carrie Ann Inaba agreed with Bruno. With tears in her eyes, she says, “I’ve seen a lot on this show for 22 seasons and I’ve never seen anything like that which touched me so profoundly.”

With 10 from Carrie Ann Inaba, a 9 from Len Goodman and another 10 from Bruno Tonioli, the duo’s total score for the routine is 29.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Nyle & Peta silence the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ competition with powerful paso doble

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