The emotion made for some big scores, with Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas and William Levy and Cheryl Burke earning the first 10s of the season.
Even the pairs with the lowest scores were in a five-way tie with 24 points a piece: Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya; Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus; Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy; and Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff.
So who stays and who goes? And were there more tears on Tuesday, when the remaining 11 stars faced the second elimination of the season? Keep reading to find out ...
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya were sent packing.
"I just had a great time. It was fun to test myself and thanks to the judges," Wagner said when he heard the news. "Good luck to everybody else, all the contestants."
Right before the elimination Wagner said he was feeling "simple gratitude."
"It's been such a great ride," he said. "I love Anna. I'm so grateful for her."
Also in the bottom two for the second week in a row were Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff, who will return next Monday for Dancing's rock week.