ABC's Dancing With the Stars is coming down to the wire and one star whose fancy footwork has left the greatest imprint in our hearts is none other than J.R. Martinez. The part-Salvadorian Army veteran-turned actor has definitely had his ups and downs on the dancing competition show, and we’re excited to see him give his all tonight. We're definitely rooting for him all the way!
In the meantime, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite J.R. moments on the dance floor. Enjoy!
1. J.R. Martinez: Slide 4
In Dancing With the Stars’ first week, J.R. Martinez performed a Viennese Waltz with his partner – and it was described by one of the judges as the best of the night. “You’ve got the hips,” said DWTS judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli. “I can’t wait to see the Latin!”
Check out Martinez’s performance:
2. J.R. Martinez: Slide 5
It was only the second week of Dancing With the Stars, yet Martinez performed like he’d been doing this all his life! The actor and Smirnoff dressed as cute newsboys and tore through the dance floor with a jive performance to “Jump Jive An' Wail” by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Check out Martinez’s performance below:
3. J.R. Martinez: Slide 1
Early in the season, Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff delivered a performance that got audience members on their feet—and moved him to tears. The 28-year-old danced a rumba number to Tim McGraw’s "If You’re Reading This," as a tribute to fallen soldiers.
Check out Martinez’s moving performance:
4. J.R. Martinez: Slide 2
During week 8, Martinez wowed the crowd when he and his partner performed an instant jive number to Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” – which earned them a perfect score. DWTS judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli was moved to his feet afterwards. “You were off like a rocket!” he said. “You got it man, you’ve got it!” Breathless, Martinez and Smirnoff were all smiles.
Check out Martinez’s perfect-scoring performance:
5. J.R. Martinez: Slide 3
The waltz was the other dance performance that garnered Martinez a perfect score on DWTS’ week 8. For the dance number, the actor glided smoothly across the dance floor to Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now.”
Check out Martinez’s beautiful performance: