Ten years and 20 seasons of Dancing With the Stars culminated in tonight’s episode, an anniversary spectacular filled with as many sequins and skin-baring outfits as a fan would expect.
Stars and pros past and present were on hand to mark the occasion on the dance floor. Aside from its hardcore nostalgia factor, the special featured an insane opening number (including almost 50 stars, judges, hosts, pros, and a pregnant Katherine Jenkins!) and drop-ins from fan favorites.
It was a star-studded hour, but here are three of our favorite moments of the night:
1. Kelly & Val’s Reunite, Get Naked
The fact that these two weren’t even given a full performance slot and only penciled in as a “rejoin” is an utter travesty. Season 1 winner Kelly Monaco reunited with Season 15 “All-Stars” partner Val Chmerkovskiy, and things got…well, wet. Both were in nothing but their skivvies (yay, Velcro tear-offs) and splashing around in a puddle within 30 seconds, leaving alum Betsey Johnson—and all of America, for that matter—mouthing, “Oh. My. God.”
2. NFL Stars Touch Down
Sport alums Kurt Warner, Jacoby Jones, Michael Irvin, Donald Driver, Hines Ward, Jerry Rice, and Emmitt Smith took the field—err, ballroom—for an ensemble routine choreographed to Monday Night Football theme “Heavy Action.” With the glittery, gilded jackets (complete with shoulder pads!) and hip thrusts, the boys reminded us why we need football players on this show every season.
3. “Lady Marmalade”
Season 20 contestant Patti Labelle was sent home during Week 6, but she owned the dance floor tonight. Belting out her 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade,” the singer welcomed Season 17 winner-slash-Glee star Amber Riley (who was clearly fan-girling getting the chance to diva-out with Miss Patti) and one-time contestant Lil’ Kim (of “Lady Marmalade” reboot fame) to perform the hit. All three delivered dance-wise during their respective seasons, but watching them flaunt their formidable pipes was a sight to behold… even if Kim kind of maybe forget her lyrics at the end there?
All in all, it was a night to remember: just enough nostalgia, just enough video package—but not quite enough Jonathan Bennett. (Couldn’t they have panned to the Mean Girls/former star more?!)
What was your favorite part of the 10th anniversary special? But more importantly: Can you believe DWTS has been around for A DECADE?