Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy’s streak of low scores came to an end last night with their beautiful rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Laurie lamented that they just weren’t getting the scores they needed, clearing an entire week of her schedule to work exclusively on their new routine.
Their hard work seems to have paid off in this sweeping waltz, which showcased their dancing chemistry in a way never quite seen before. The crowd erupted into cheers before the dance was even complete, as Val and Laurie swept across the dance floor, leaving a haunting trail of joy and wonder in the room for an impressive perfect score of 30/30.
In fact, a perfect score just wasn’t quite enough, as the judges added another 3 points to the end. Not a bad Halloween night for them. Watch them bring back your childlike wonder below.