Jeannie Mai couldn't contain her excitement after receiving her highest score to date on Dancing With the Stars. Following her and partner Brandon Armstrong's performance to "Married Life" (from the popular Pixar film Up), Mai built up her elation as the first two scores from Carrie Ann Inaba and Derek Hough were each 7s. She then reached a high when Bruno Tonioli flipped over his card to reveal an 8. After seeing that score, Mai let out a scream before running over to Mai and grabbing the card, even asking if she could keep it to remember the moment. After the routine, the pair's score of 22 was the highest after the first six dances.
Before Disney Night, Mai's first two performances each resulted in a combined 18 score. The television host entered the competition with not much knowledge of the dancing world, telling PEOPLE that she had never ballroom danced before and her experiences dancing before were limited to "electric slides at weddings to dancing on top of a couple of speakers at bachelorette parties and raves." Despite the inexperience, it appears Mai has been a quick learner just three weeks into the competition.
Here are some of the most notable reactions from viewers after watching Mai's outburst of emotions after netting her highest score to date.
If I didn’t cry when @jeanniemai got that 8— Brigitte E. Martin (@BrigBeaves) September 29, 2020