It's not uncommon for the viewers of Dancing With the Stars to immediately recognize the songs that accompany the celebrity-pro dances. Whether it's a live performance by a noted music star, a cover version of a well-known classic or an original, fans usually hear a song they know before casting their votes. As the new TV Guide blog post by Derek Hough reveals, that's probably partly by design, as he had to fight with producers to get permission to use his chosen song for his most recent performance with Marilu Henner.
ABC reported that Derek and Marilu scored an impressive score of 27/30 (three 9s from the judges) for the emotional Viennese Waltz. It was on Most Memorable Year night when Marilu recalled 1978, which marked a great high and a great low. Her mother passed away just weeks before Marilu had her last audition for the 1970s sitcom Taxi, which would become her breakthrough role. People described Henner's videotaped package before the performance as "tearful."