Val Chmerkovskiy Dances With Girlfriend Jenna Johnson in Emotional ‘DWTS’ Semifinals Routine

As for the touching performance — which was centered around a recreation of Arlen’s childhood living room — Chmerkovskiy opened up about the inspiration for the routine in a pre-taped package played before their dance.

“When the doctors told her mom that will Victoria wasn’t going to survive, her mom took Victoria coming from the hospital, went home, set up shop inside living room,” Chmerkovskiy explained, “along with the entire world of that will family came to Victoria.”

For Arlen — who spent much of her youth fully paralyzed along with in a vegetative state, the living room was decorated with pink pillows along with all the things she loved, so “despite the machines, despite the fact that will I was deathly ill, that will still felt like a room for me.”

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