Amanda Kloots’ journey on “Dancing With the Stars” has been an emotional and transformative journey for her, especially after the loss of her husband, Nick Cordero.
Cordero, an actor and singer, died in July 2020 from complications from COVID-19. He was hospitalized for three months and is survived by Kloots and their two-year-old son, Elvis.
Kloots has suffered many firsts without Cordero by her side this year. But in the middle of her grief, she decided to take a leap of faith and join “Dancing With the Stars,” partnering up with pro Alan Bersten.
In a recent interview with PopCulture, Amanda Kloots revealed what her young son has thought of her performances so far in the dancing competition.
“When I first started this competition and I would say, ‘Do you want to watch momma dance?,’ he really wasn’t paying attention,” she told the outlet. “And, now, he asks to watch me. He’ll sit on my lap. He’ll want to watch it five times in a row. He points me out. He points Alan out and it’s so cute.”
During the semi-finals round, Kloots and Bersten performed a contemporary routine that touched the hearts of everyone watching. They danced to the song “Live Your Life,” which Cordero wrote and performed. Amanda Kloots shared the performance with Elvis after the semifinals, and she told PopCulture how he had a “beautiful” reaction to it.
“Last week after he watched ‘Live Your Life,’ he turned around, looked at me, gave me a big kiss and a big hug, like he knew,” Kloots said. “I mean, it was the most beautiful thing. It’s just been so special also to share this with him.”
How Did Amanda Kloots Do on the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finale?
Amanda Kloots made an incredible impact on the judges and audience throughout all 10 weeks of “Dancing With the Stars.” She made it into the Final Four alongside JoJo Siwa, Cody Rigsby, and Iman Shumpert. While her semi-final dance was likely her best and most emotional performance yet, she also executed incredible fusion and freestyle dances during the finale.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win Kloots the mirrorball trophy. She took fourth place in the competition, followed by Rigsby in third, Siwa in second, and Shumpert in first.
After the loss, Amanda Kloots spoke with US Weekly about how her partner, Alan Bersten, has really helped her “move forward” in her grief. She found herself falling into independent habits that caused her not to trust others, especially men.
“I told him the other day, I said, ‘You know, this experience … how wonderful you’ve been has really helped me like bridge that gap,” Kloots told the outlet. “It’s been so nice getting to know you and feeling comfortable with you and seeing you every day and trusting you and crying with you and going for goals with you.’ … I said, ‘It’s really helped me move forward in my life and that I did not expect to happen.’”
Kloots concluded, “He’s become a lot more than a dancing partner to me. He’s become a best friend.”