Disney Night proved quite fruitful for Dancing with the Stars frontrunner Jordan Fisher as he ended the ABC dancing competition atop the leaderboard with the season’s first perfect score. Fisher, along with partner Lindsay Arnold, proved the couple to beat last week after scoring 29 for their emotional contemporary routine, and things only got better during last night’s show after they were awarded a perfect 30/30 for their Moana-inspired Foxtrot. Performing to his own number “You’re Welcome” from the movie’s original soundtrack, Fisher welcomed the perfect score with open arms. “This is unbelievable and the last thing I expected tonight,” he beamed exuberantly after the show. (Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are pictured at top delivering the high score of the season to date.)
“This week was kind of daunting,” added partner Arnold. “This is the first week we were back in frame, after a while, and there is a lot of technique involved in the Foxtrot. We thought it would be a challenge and if definitely was.
“But coming out like that and getting a perfect score … it just feels very good,” she continued. “I’m so excited to go and watch the dance back.”
The fact that Fisher (pictured below with Arnold) is earning perfect scores at the halfway point in the competition is something not lost on the performer, and he’s giving full credit to Arnold for how well they are doing. “I keep saying this; I have the best partner!” he shared. “I’m a perfectionist and she pulls me out of that and reminds me to just enjoy the moment and what we are doing.”
“We got the first perfect score, which feels insanely amazing,” Arnold said. “But now we have to keep that standard and that’s where the challenge comes in. We are going to work hard to make it happen!”
According to Arnold, when it comes to Fisher there’s no time for relaxation at this stage of the show. He is one of the “hardest working people I’ve ever met,” she says, and as a partner he’s always ready to go. “No matter how tired he is, he comes to rehearsals and gives me 100% energy every single time.”
“It’s the most fun I have ever had,” added Fisher. “That helps a lot. I’m young, but I was a gymnast growing up which gave me a lot of wear and tear on my body.” Fisher revealed he suffers from bad hips, tendonitis in his Achilles and has no cartilage in his ankles, and while everything might hurt, he’s not letting the constraints of his body prevent him from competing.
“I have a physical therapist and massage therapist that I see four times a week,” he said. “It’s a lot, but I am not the only person here dealing with wear and tear.”
“This show makes your body go through a little trauma,” added Arnold. “The biggest thing is to take care of yourself so you can get through it."
Whatever Fisher is doing this season it seems to be working, and thanks to his undeniable chemistry with partner Arnold there’s a good chance this duo will go all the way.
Fisher and Arnold’s journey on Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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