There wasn’t a dry eye in the Dancing With the Stars studio when Selma Blair took to the dancefloor.
The 50-year-old, who has spoken about her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), was paired with professional dancer Sasha Farber in the competition show that has moved to Disney + in the US.
Based on Strictly Come Dancing, the hit show follows a similar format and sees celebrities vying to impress judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.
In the season 31 opening episode, which landed on Monday, the Cruel Intentions actress gave an emotional performance of the Viennese waltz to David Cook’s anthem The Time of My Life.
Carrie Ann and fellow celebrity contestant Jordin Sparks, who was the youngest winner of American Idol, were among those wiping away tears after Selma’s beautiful dance.
After scoring 27 points, finding herself in third place with Drag Race star Shangela, Selma also broke down, saying: ‘I’m so grateful, I’m so grateful.’
Selma sailed through to the next round of the iconic programme, with Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and Sex and the City actor Jason Lewis landing in the bottom two.
Jason and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were the first to be eliminated as the judges opted to save Teresa, 50.
Selma also won the audiences’ hearts at the Emmy Awards, where she made a surprise appearance to present the final award.
The American Crime Story star gave the award of Best Drama series to Succession and received a standing ovation when she took to the stage.
Selma was diagnosed with MS, which is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance, in 2018.
In October 2021, Selma shared an in-depth look at her life with MS, when she released the documentary Introducing, Selma Blair.
The film tracked her experience of undergoing life-altering stem cell treatment in order to kick-start her immune system, to the slow and painful flare-ups of the disease and invasive chemotherapy.
Dancing With The Stars is available to stream on Disney Plus in the US
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