Xochitl Gomez, the talented 17-year-old Marvel star, showcased her unwavering determination and exceptional skills on Monster Night during her performance on Dancing With the Stars. Teaming up with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, they delivered a captivating Contemporary routine to the haunting melody of “Game of Survival” by Ruelle, earning a remarkable score of 37 out of 40 from the judges. However, the audience couldn’t help but wonder about the moment when Chmerkovskiy, aged 37, gallantly carried Gomez after their breathtaking performance.
During their performance on Dancing With the Stars’ Monster Night, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough, accompanied by guest judge Niecy Nash, expressed their concern for Xochitl Gomez’s well-being. Host Alfonso Ribeiro stepped in to assist in stabilizing her. Despite the visible worry, when questioned, Gomez remained resilient, assuring the judges that she was feeling “great” after her performance.
When the moment arrived for their scores, Val Chmerkovskiy discreetly revealed a stained bottom of Xochitl Gomez’s dress, which appeared to be blood. Gomez, undeterred by the situation, nonchalantly attributed it to the Halloween theme of the night. With unwavering confidence, the young dancer assured viewers to “trust” her capability to return to the dancefloor for the upcoming “Monster-thon” marathon dance scheduled later in the episode.
In an exclusive interview with Us Weekly last month, Val Chmerkovskiy expressed his excitement about being paired with Xochitl Gomez, citing her extensive experience in performing daring stunts. Gomez echoed his enthusiasm, stating, “I’m having a blast” during rehearsals. She further shared her enjoyment, emphasizing the satisfaction of putting in the effort and seeing tangible results, stating, “[Rehearsals have] been really fun. I’ve really liked kind of doing the work and then earning something out of it.”
When questioned about Val Chmerkovskiy’s reputation as a demanding professional, Xochitl Gomez praised him as a “good teacher” and noted that he embodies all the qualities expected of an excellent mentor. She added, “[He’s] exactly what a teacher should be.” In a confident stance, Chmerkovskiy revealed his approach to each Dancing With the Stars season, approaching it with the mindset that it’s his opportunity to clinch the coveted mirrorball trophy, now renamed in honor of the late judge Len Goodman.
Val Chmerkovskiy shared his perspective with Us, explaining his approach to the competition, saying, “I do put the pressure, but the pressure is just to kind of bring out the best in my partner, and I’m only as good as my partner.” He emphasized the fundamental philosophy of ballroom dance, where the partnership plays a crucial role. For him, dancing with such an exceptional talent like Gomez is not just a privilege but also a significant responsibility.
Chmerkovskiy also expressed his desire to make Gomez’s parents and fans proud, highlighting that this is where the real pressure lies for him. He clarified, “That’s really the pressure. Everything else, I’m not worried about that.” His dedication to bringing out the best in his partner and ensuring her success shines through his words, reflecting his commitment to the art of dance and his partnership with Gomez.