One of the most touching moments came at the end of the performance from gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas. Raisman, an Olympic champion who considers Boston her hometown, seemed to care more about the stricken city than her scores. “The Boston Marathon …” Raisman said. “It’s just such a special day.”
While Aly Raisman did manage to get one of the better scores of the night — 25 points — her dedication was even more of a win.
It wasn’t just Aly keeping the day’s events in mind during the sequins and dancing. Professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy practically talked over the announcement of his nearly perfect 29 points in his eagerness to talk about Boston. “I wanna dedicate these 10s to everybody in Boston,” Val said. “Honestly, this is a difficult show to be part of now.”
The hosts of “Dancing with the Stars” couldn’t help but mention the explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon, but it seemed like Tom Bergeron was especially affected. “Our thoughts are will all of you affected by the events in Boston today,” he said. Later in the show, the normally jovial host added, “To everyone back home in Boston, I love you.” Bergeron spent most of his early career in the city.
“Dancing with the Stars” did manage a mostly cheerful night of dancing. But even this show couldn’t — and shouldn’t — ignore a sad day of tragedy.