It’s a 10 in honor of Len.
The competition show saw some of its most beloved pros return to the ballroom for a touching tribute to late head judge Len Goodman, who died in April 2023 at age 78.
Maks Chmerkovskiy, Kym Johnson-Herjavec, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Karina Smirnoff, Louis van Amstel, Mark Ballas and Edyta Śliwińska joined the current pros on the Oct. 24 episode to dance in Len’s honor.
The heartbreaking number—choreographed by Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy—was set to a song Len loved, Henry Mancini‘s “Moon River,” with a dance style that he would have certainly approved—the waltz.
Before the dance, Tony shared in a pre-recorded package, “Tonight, we’d like to tip our hats to Len one last time.”
The performance finished with a spotlight on Len’s chair, as his voice is heard saying, “All good things have to come to an end.”
The ballroom was swept up with emotion as both the pros and judges broke down in tears. Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba consoled one another as the audience applauded.