Army veteran Noah Galloway has proved himself a worthy competitor during the first five episodes of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Four contestants have already been sent home (including Suzanne Somers, former football player Michael Sam, Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl ad star Charlotte McKinney and Redfoo from musical comedy act LMFAO); Galloway and professional dancing partner Sharna Burgess still find themselves firmly in the middle of the pack, safe from elimination.
Galloway may not win the competition but he lost two limbs in a 2005 IED explosion in Iraq. He’s fought back to become a competitive runner and has carved out a career as a personal trainer and motivational speaker. Dancing With the Stars might not be the ratings juggernaut it once was, but millions of civilians are tuning in each week to see a wounded warrior as someone to be admired instead of someone to be pitied.
Noah looks likely to be in the running for at least a few more weeks. You can catch up on all five of his DWTS performances so far in the videos embedded below.
Noah’s ‘Aladdin’ Foxtrot (April 13th)
Noah’s Inspiring Contemporary Dance (April 6th)
Noah is Len’s Hero (March 30)
Noah’s Girlfriend Makes a Surprise Arrival (March 23)
Noah & Sharna’s Samba (March 23)
Noah’s Moving Cha Cha (March 16)