Iraq war veteran J.R. broke down in tears after his Oct. 3 performance! Do you think he should win the whole competition?
Dancing with the Stars got real this week, as contestants were required to base their dance around a personal experience — and no one got more personal than All My Children‘s J.R. Martinez. He and partner Karina Smirnoff rumba’d their way into America’s hearts by dancing to Tim McGraw‘s “If You’re Reading This,” which is dedicated to fallen service men and woman. The powerful performance earned he and Karina 26 out of 30 possible points.
“I think the clear message behind that is that people really appreciate our men and women in the military,” J.R. told the judges after receiving a standing ovation from the audience. “I’ve never cried in front of that many people before. I can honestly say it’s the biggest stage I’ve ever cried on.”
J.R. served as a United States Army infantryman, and in 2003 he and suffered massive burns to most of his body while in Iraq. He joined the cast of ABC’s All My Children in 2008.
Watch J.R. and Karina’s emotional performance below: