Dancing With The Stars: Top 10 Best Performances Of All-Time
Krupa and Bryan of 'Dancing With The Stars' -- ABC
After all the tears, excitement and nerves that flood the ballroom season-to-season, there are always inspiring contenders that make "Dancing with the Stars" a captivating journey and a perennial ratings powerhouse.
Whether the top performances are memorable because of their heart-wrenching emotion, or pure originality, these celebs know how to strut their stuff even amidst the fear of getting kicked out of the competition or hearing harsh critiques from professional judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
Here, AccessHollywood.com brings you our list of the top 10 most sensual, spiced-up, and exciting dance routines in "DWTS" history!
10. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas - Jive to the TV theme of "The Monkees" (Week 5, Season 11)
Why It Made The List: The teen mom took it to the dance floor to squash the stereotype of living in the shadows of her famous political mom, Sarah Palin. In her attempt to show the judges "more emotion" from the critique the week before, the two took the advice as they - literally - monkeyed around! Bristol and Mark showed off their wild side as they slipped off their monkey suits to show off their fun and quirky routine. Although the pair's dance weighed in as the lowest score of the week with 18 out of 30, their creativity landed them as great competitors in the competition with a fierce Paso Doble, earning her a spot in the finals.
How Far Did They Go?: Bristol made the finals, finishing in third place behind Disney star Kyle Massey and "Dirty Dancing" startlet Jennifer Grey in her quest for the Mirrorball Trophy with her Jive to "Move" by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles & Anika Noni Rose.
9. Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough - Freestyle to "Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)" by The Contours (Week 10, Season 11)
Why It Made The List: Jennifer used a blast from her dancing past as she and partner Derek snuck in a reference from her hit film "Dirty Dancing." In their final routine, they brought Baby's famous watermelon scene into the ballroom. Jennifer pokes a little fun at her character as she strips off her "Baby" attire and throws her watermelon, before launching into a high-energy freestyle. The dance received a perfect score of 30.
How Far Did They Go?: The combination of brilliant choreography by Derek and the natural grace of Jennifer ultimately won them the Mirrorball trophy, proving once again, nobody puts Baby -- or Jennifer -- in the corner.
8. Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas - Cha Cha to "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls (Week 1, Season 5)
Why It Made The List: Busting out of her innocent "Cheetah Girl" shell, Sabrina brought fierce and fabulous competition to the dance floor in the first week of her arrival. Her footwork - according to Bruno - had precision and clarity, a wow-factor that wooed the judges early on in the competition. Sabrina's fierce moves set the bar for the rest of the season, earning her a spot in our Top 10. Viewers were stunned with her near-perfect dancing talent, adding skepticism in her already talented celebrity as a dancing Disney-star. (I don't quite understand this sentence?) The couple scored a 26.