They’re not quite The Pips, but the pros of Dancing With the Stars looked good backing up Season 14 alum Gladys Knight at The Hollywood Bowl. That’s what friends are for!
Watch the ABC7 video below for a look at rehearsals, before Gladys’s Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 shows. Gladys reunited with her former DWTS partner, Tristan MacManus, as pro boys Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov, and Artem Chigvintsev joined them on stage.
"I love these guys. They're part of my family," Gladys told ABC7. "The fact that they decided, 'OK, we'll join you here' is really an honor for me." It’s hard to say who was luckier — the pro dancers or the one woman who had their full attention — but since Gladys is a living legend and The Empress of Soul, the guys know the honor was truly theirs to share her stage.
The Official Henry Byalikov Fan Page shared the pic at left, captioned, “With the gang on our last night @HollywoodBowl @artemchigvintse @tristanmacmanus @sashafarber @jayds321." In the ABC preview video, Tristan said, “It’s like getting the band back together."
Check out this YouTube video for a clip from Friday’s event. Those boys sure know how to move! We’re going to miss seeing them all together — since Tristan is going overseas to compete on Strictly Come Dancing — but hopefully Sasha, Henry, and Artem will all have featured roles on DWTS Season 19.
Head to MacManiacs for more photos from the event. Don’t you wish you could’ve been there?
DWTS Season 19 premieres Monday, September 15 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on ABC.