If judge Carrie Ann Inaba was a producer on Dancing With the Stars, she would give out two Season 17 trophies — one for best dancing, and another for the most heart.

“We could let the judges, cast, crew, and America vote and see who touched our hearts the most,” Carrie Ann writes in her Parade blog. “This year, there would be many in the running for that title. I’d say the front-runners for that honor this season would include Valerie Harper and Jack Osbourne for their incredible courage in facing their own chronic illnesses (which I understand because I also was diagnosed with a chronic illness right around when my father died last year). And Bill Nye for his courage and determination to dance after a very debilitating leg injury.” That said, she feels it was for the best that the injured Bill left the show in Week 3.

In the rest of her blog, Carrie Ann analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the 10 remaining celebs, adding an apology in her write-up about Jack, in case she offended anyone with her criticism of his arm movements in his Hollywood Night Cha-Cha.


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“I cringe thinking about the way I commented to him [Monday] night,” Carrie Ann writes. “Sometimes as a judge I wish I had a rewind button. After the show, I realized that maybe some of the reason why his arm out of hold gets a little curled in could be due to his [multiple sclerosis] condition. So I apologize for the way I made that correction. I should have said, ‘Please be aware of the arm out of hold, at times it loses energy and form.’ I never mean to offend anyone, and if I was callous, I apologize.”

Did anyone take that as callous? Part of what makes this group so inspiring is even the stars battling major obstacles — including Jack with MS and Valerie with terminal brain cancer — don’t want any special treatment. They just want to be told what the judges would tell everyone else who’s dancing. They might not even want a special award for heart. Everyone who shows up has heart — and to get out there and be vulnerable in front of millions takes guts the size of Texas!

Read Carrie Ann’s full breakdown of each contestant. Do you agree with her analyses? Sound off below, and catch the next episode of DWTS on Monday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Source: Parade


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