Ally Brooke Borrowed The Hair Clip Selena Quintanilla Wore For Her Tribute On ‘Dancing With The Stars’
Former Fifth Harmony member and artist Ally Brooke gave a winning performance on Dancing With The Stars last night. The 26-year-old Mexican singer paid homage to Selena Quintanilla and the 1997 film, starring (future-Oscar-winner) Jennifer Lopez, Selena. Judges gave Brooke and her professional dance partner Sasha Farber the highest score of the night. Audiences found Brooke’s performance to be an emotional tribute with many saying they cried on Twitter.
The moment must have been cathartic for Brooke who was branded the “worst” dancer of Fifth Harmony and subjected to online bullying because of it. Brooke joined the cast to take a stance against bullying and show the world what she is really made of — last night she did just that.
Ally Brooke channeled her hero Selena Quintanilla last night.
Fans rejoiced as Brooke gave a touching tribute to Selena Quintanilla on Dancing With The Stars. She performed a rumba number to Selena’s “Dreaming of You.” Brooke shares both Mexican and Texas heritage with the famous Tejano singer who passed away in 1995 when Brooke was just two years old.
The theme of the evening was “Movie Night.” Brooke and her pro-partner Sasha Farber took their outfit inspiration from the 1997 film starring Jennifer Lopez. Wearing shimmering metallics and an asymmetrical skirt, the pair gave an intense performance that resonated with the audience. The “Lips Don’t Lie” singer won with the highest score of the night, tying with Kate Flannery, with a score of 24 out of 30.
Judges were stunned. “I had chills the whole time,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. Brooke gave a shout out to the Quintanillas after her routine. She’s a true stan.
“I want to give them a shout out, all the Quintanillas. Suzette, we got to see her a few days ago,” she said while showing off a Selena-style pin in her hair. “Selena’s in my heart forever. I hope I made her proud.”
Selena is her #1 inspiration.
Brooke wrote a bilingual post on Instagram, sharing her admiration for the “Como la Flor” singer in English and Spanish.
“Tonight was for you Selena, My #1 inspiration I hope I made Selena’s family and fans proud. This was so beautiful for me to do. The Rumba to Dreaming of You! I love you forever.” Ally wrote. “Esta noche fue para ti Selena, Mi inspiracion #1. Espero haber enorgullecido a la familia y fanáticos de Selena. Poder hacer esto, fue muy hermoso para mi. ¡La rumba, a la cancíon Dreaming of You! Te amare por siempre.”
The audience stans Brooke’s performance.
“I can’t listen to Selena’s Dreaming of You without tearing up. Aly’s tribute to her was so beautiful,” one user wrote.
“Watching dwts once again with my mom and she BAWLED watching Ally and Sasha’s dance. She loved Selena a lot and said Ally looked like her while dancing,” another user wrote.
“Ally made Selena proud in Heaven. It made me cry,” another wrote.
Ally Brooke has something to prove.
We’ve all seen the memes. Brooke was regarded as the worst dancer of Fifth Harmony. Throughout her stint in the girl group, fans and haters alike would share GIFs of Brooke’s choreography, singling her out from the rest to poke fun of her imperfect moves.
“HAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to me trying to be extra cute for the Japanese TV show lol & that choreo thoooo,” Brooke wrote in response to a meme, showing she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
While it may seem like innocuous fun, having thousands of people point out you’re not the best at something cannot feel good. Brooke is a singer first, and dancing is an unfortunate requirement of being in a girl group, even if it is not necessarily something everyone is trained in. We can’t all be Normani, Brooke knows that better than anyone else.
“I’m excited to take it on myself,” Brooke told ET of following in Normani’s footsteps, who also appeared on the show. “Obviously [Normani’s] experience on the show, being there was amazing. She had the most incredible time. And she, girl, is like a whole other level. She is so amazing and so talented. She did unbelievable.”
When Brooke premiered on DWTS and received a score of 20 out of 30, she described the experience as nothing short of liberating.
“That felt honestly liberating for me,” Brooke told Erin Andrews through tears. “I just want to say up here while I have the opportunity, if anyone ever feels like they’re scared to do something because they got made fun of or bullied, I want you to know that you can do it, and I hope that I can be an inspiration and voice for you guys.”