Last week Aly Raisman had to say farewell, at least on TV, to one of her closest friends on the show, Sean Lowe. “I'm really sad Sean's gone. He'll still be in LA, so I'll see him. And it's funny because in the beginning, I never expected to get close with Sean, but he's such a nice guy and so down-to-earth. We always hung out on set. He's like an older brother,” she said about his departure.
During all the hard work preparing for the ninth week of the show, Raisman did not forget her family, or, to be more accurate, her mother. Raisman tweeted three times for Mother’s Day, including an old family picture, and a new one of herself with her mother:
The past months have started to take a toll on Raisman’s body as she tweeted on Monday:
But she stayed limber by stretching with her dance partner.
The 18-yr-old shared her personal favorite photo from week nine of “DWTS:”
Raisman and partner Ballas performed a rumba to “When I Was Your Man,” which earned them more rave reviews from the judges. “You were all woman out there! Every moment of that story, you drew us all in,” said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, while Len Goodman added that the dance “had romance, but wasn’t raunchy.” The dancing duo achieved their first perfect score of the season with 30/30.
For their second dance, they performed an afro jazz routine, as chosen by Twitter fans. About the choice, and doing a dance that has yet to be performed on the show, Raisman said, “No one else wanted it, but we're not scared of it! Mark and I love a challenge. It's never been done on the show. I think it's just really cool. I always like to try different things and try things out of the box, and Mark's so creative, so I trust him.”
The pair went all out and shook their bodies to Grogor Salto’s “Azumba,” making Inaba scream, “Booyah, ba-ba-ba-ba-booyah, booyah.”
“I don’t think people know how hard of a dance that was, athletically… you guys were in perfect synch. It was just fantastic!” she added.
Ballas and Raisman almost achieved another perfect score, but Goodman deducted a point for what he called their “lack of connection.” Despite that, the pair landed in first place for the evening.
Raisman remained true to Boston, by following the Bruins game on the same night:
Tuesday night’s elimination show was time to say goodbye to Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, the only pair that did not score a perfect score on Monday, keeping Raisman and Ballas safe once again as the show narrows down to four couples.
Becky Griffin is an Israeli-American television journalist living in New York. A basketball and music lover, Becky can be found on Twitter at @DorothyofIsrael.