On Monday night, Skai Jackson wowed the judges with her tribute to her late friend and Disney castmate Cameron Boyce, who unexpectedly died in 2019, after suffering a seizure in his sleep. Dancing to John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’ with a white flowing gown, the 18-year-old gracefully took to the stage.
After the performance, judges were amazed and affirmed her talent. “I was blown away by that just now,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, who also said: “First of all, for me, dance is always about the emotion, and I’m sure that Cameron is watching you right now and he is so proud of you. What you did, you were like an angel dancing the most beautiful dance. … It was just sheer perfection.”
Derek Hough stated that last week wasn’t his favorite but she did a wonderful job this week. “Skai Jackson, last week I said it wasn’t my favorite. This was my absolute favorite dance of the night,” said Derek Hough. “I mean, it was just exquisite.”
Boyce was a really good friend and castmate to the dancer. The two were also on Disney Channel’s Jessie, and Jackson played Zuri Ross on the show from 2011-15.
While reminiscing about their friendship, Jackson told pro partner Alan Jackson: “He was in my life for half of my life, which is crazy.”
“I met Cameron, obviously, on Jessie, and we just really built this bond for years and years and years. And he was kind of like a big brother figure to me,” said Jackson.
She continued,”He always looked out for me through everything. He really molded me into the person that I am now.” “Of course I miss him every day,” said Jackson, who began to cry. “But I have him on my phone case, so I get to see him.”
Peep the performance below:
SOURCE: THE SHADE ROOM