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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: First perfect 10s; Michael Sam leaves
'Dancing With the Stars' recap: First perfect 10s; Michael Sam leaves

Is there any doubt that there will be tears during an episode of “Dancing With the Stars” dedicated to the most memorable year in the contestants’ lives? No, fans, there is not. That’s why the long-running series keeps returning to this theme, a viewer favorite that plumbs the competitors’ struggles, losses, highs, lows and milestones. There’s an immediate payoff for the audience in all those tender moments, but I’d hate to be a judge because it’s nearly impossible to criticize a performance dedicated to, say, someone’s dead mom. Only an icy-hearted monster would do such a thing! Len Goodman, head judge, apparently took a grumpy...

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