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Noah Galloway: ‘DWTS’ Judges In Tears After Performance of Wounded Vet — Watch

Tue, March 17, 2015 9:38am EDT by 3 Comments

‘Dancing with the Stars’ is known for inspiring, but this season, one contestant takes that to an entirely different level. Noah Galloway’s first performance on Mar. 16 had the judges– and us!– in tears!

Noah Galloway is foxtrotting his way towards the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars‘ 20th season. However, something sets him apart from contestants past: Noah is missing his left leg and his left arm, as he lost them both in combat. But if you think Noah’s disability is going to get him down in the competition, think again– his first performance had pretty much the entire room in tears. Check it out!

Noah Galloway’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Performance

“My name is Noah Galloway, I’m a combat veteran with the U.S. Army,” Noah says in his first onscreen introduction on Dancing with the Stars.

During Noah’s second tour in Iraq, he was hit by a roadside bomb, costing him both his leg and most of his arm. However, Noah has not let his physical disability stand in the way of his physical abilities, case in point: competing on Dancing.

Of course, along with Noah’s determination, he needs an equally determined partner, and Sharna Burgess certainly seems up for the challenge. “This is the biggest challenge I have ever faced as a choreographer,” she said.

Noah put all her hesitations at ease though. “I told her that what I’m lacking in limbs, I will make up in determination and hard work.”

We know. Crying.

‘I Lived’

Noah’s segment on the premiere only got more emotional when he and Sharna actually took the floor. They danced to OneRepublic‘s “I Lived,” and the performance was, in a word, spectacular. They were both just so in tune with one another and themselves and the energy in the room became electric.

Of course, as Noah’s three kids cheered him on in the crowd, there was not a dry eye in the house. “I want to thank you for challenging me as a judge,” Carrie Ann Inaba said before stopping herself mid sentence. “I’m getting emotional… It was profound.”

What did you think of Noah’s performance? Are he and Sharna the frontrunners?

— Casey Mink