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Closing out Most Memorable Year Night are Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy, dancing a foxtrot to “I Lived” by OneRepublic. Arlen’s most memorable year is 2017, the year she regained the use of her legs after nearly a decade-long battle with both a neurological condition and autoimmune disease.

Bruno Tonioli praises Arlen’s strength and determination, while Carrie Ann Inaba says she feels “honored” to witness her dancing. Len Goodman calls her very inspirational. He adds that it was a “joyful, lovely experience.” They score a 27 out of 30.

Watch Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Poignant Foxtrot

It’s an emotionally-charged night on “Dancing with the Stars” as the 11 remaining couples reflect on their most memorable year. On Monday, the stars will celebrate their biggest moments in life by dancing a jazz, jive, quickstep, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, rumba or contemporary routine for the popular Most Memorable Year night. One couple will be sent home tonight. Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 19 out of 30 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas, who earned the highest score so far of the season (27 out of 30) during Monday’s Guilty Pleasures Night.

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According to ABC, Arlen is a former paralympian swimmer, Paralympic gold medalist and world record holder. “At the young age of 11, the lifelong swimmer and athlete fell ill with Transverse Myelitis, a rare viral disease that left her in a four-year long coma and without use of her legs for nearly 10 years. Unbeknownst to those around her at the time, Arlen could hear the conversations going on in her hospital room while she was in the coma as doctors expressed losing hope for any sort of improvement in her condition. However, with unwavering support from her family, her health improved tremendously.” She has since become a television personality with ESPN and keynote speaker at conferences such as TEDx.

The star-studded lineup for the 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars” includes former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, Hamilton’s Jordan Fisher, “Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse and “Property Brothers” co-host Drew Scott. Other stars include Victoria Arlen, Nikki Bella and Nick Lachey. Fan-favorite pros Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke also return to the dance floor this season, along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

The judging panel features Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine which couples will go home and which ones will advance to compete for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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