Cannabis cancer survivor Tommy Chong lit up the room, not the joint, earlier this week on DWTS.
Comedian Tommy Chong and partner Peta Murgatroyd said an emotional goodbye to the ballroom Monday (Nov. 17). The pair ended their time on “Dancing With the Stars” Season 19 on a high note though, gaining rave reviews from the judges on their final two dances.
“I love dancing,” Chong tells Zap2it about his time on the ABC reality show. “I loved learning all the dances. You can’t name one dance where I would say I hated it. There’s a lot of dances that were difficult, but the dance world is so special. If you look at the feet, you can’t tell how old people are.”
The actor truly defied his age during his time on “DWTS,” as well as set a new record — at 76, Chong is the oldest contestant to perform in the show’s semifinals. Despite the odds seemingly being in favor of “Switched at Birth” star Lea Thompson in Week 9, he surprised audiences by making it through to the next round.
Chong’s time on the show was a spiritual journey right from the start. When recounting his favorite memory of the season, he instantly brings up his partner Peta Murgatroyd saying, “When I saw her for the first time, I had a premonition that we would be partners. I watch this show a lot and I have always been fascinated by her beauty. When I was told I was on the show a picture of her went through my mind.”
Season 19 has also been a special one for Murgatroyd. “I would definitely say [Tommy’s] one of my proudest accomplishments on this show,” the longtime pro tells Zap2it. When asked what she will miss most about Chong, she gets emotional recalling their time together outside of the ballroom.
“Our lunch breaks and what we talk about … life and relationships. He’s the best adviser for everything. I go to Tommy to get advice,” she says.