Selma Blair’s Inspiring Debut on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Leaves Everyone in Tears


Nearly four years after revealing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Selma Blair made her dance debut at Monday’s premiere Dancing with the stars. Blair’s appearance on the competition show, which now airs exclusively on Disney+, was encouraged by her doctors. As a result of MS, she has lost feeling in her left leg, causing her balance problems. Despite the physical challenges, she wanted to perform.

“I’ve underestimated myself in the past and I’ve been proven wrong,” Blair said. “So don’t underestimate me.”

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91st Academy Awards – Vanity Fair – Beverly Hills, California, USA, February 24, 2019 – Selma Blair. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

She was linked to her real-life neighbor, Sasha Farber. Together they danced the Viennese waltz to David Cook’s “Time of My Life”, beginning with Blair letting go of her cane. It was a powerful performance, especially for Carrie Ann Inaba, who fought back tears as she spoke about it.

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“I’m just as moved as someone who comes from the invisible disease community,” Inaba said. “Seeing you come out of this with your circumstances and just make everyone aware that you are fully capable of doing and achieving anything you set your mind to.”

The judges all gave Blair seven points, for a total of 28 points. She finished the evening in a tie for third place.

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“I’m so grateful.” said Blair. “I’ve never danced before and this is a dream come true, so thank you.”

Dancing with the stars streams Monday at 8 p.m. Disney+.

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