Another pair has been eliminated in the 25th season of the hit reality dancing competition, “Dancing With The Stars,” Goldderby reported. This time, former NBA player Derek Fisher and dance pro Sharna Burgess failed to make it to the next round of the competition.

Before the opening performance of the episode called “Most Memorable Year Night,” the show presented a video giving the viewers an idea of the contestants’ unforgettable past experiences. Some of these included the death of a loved one and sports-related injuries.

The contestants were introduced one by one along with their personal photos presented via the large screen display on stage.

At the end of the episode, Fisher and Burgess were eliminated after earning 23 points from the judges.


When their names were announced, Sharna Burgess and Derek Fisher both welcomed the decision with high respect. When asked what the experience on the show taught him, the former NBA star said, “growth as a man and growth as a person.”

“I just learned to continue to be a part of something bigger than yourself,” he added. “I’m so happy and so proud to have been a part of this no matter how long it lasts... I look forward to a bright future.”

The other pair with the lowest average combined score was Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd. They performed the contemporary dance routine, earning them 22 points.

Loving father

Burgess and Fisher performed jazz to Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up.” The routine started with Sharna seated over a projected sunflower effect on the floor. The stage was turned into a set filled with florals.

It was a dance performance that started with a slow beat and progressed with energetic drum beats. The inspiration behind was Derek’s daughter who was diagnosed with eye cancer in the past.

He shared that he had to take his daughter to New York for an “experimental surgery.”

He added that he had to leave Utah Jazz to spend time taking care of his daughter and attending to her medical condition. He said, “That experienced helped shape my understanding of what sacrifice means, what unconditional love means.”

Most memorable year

Meanwhile, other contestants also shared their memorable year.

Lindsey Stirling said it was during the time when her dad passed away due to cancer in 2016, People reported. She said, “He always wore a scarf and a hat... He was a freelance writer.”

Furthermore, Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen showed never-before-seen clips of herself experiencing the disease she has been diagnosed with when she was 11 years old. She was able to express this memory as she danced the foxtrot to OneRepublic’s “I Lived.”