- (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)
Music Legend Cher made her debut last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” to cheer on Chaz Bono amid fanfare from contestants and the audience alike.
After weeks of promising to show-up, Cher was front and center, alongside 17 other members of the family.
During Chaz’s movie-themed performance of “Rocky,” Cher was moved to tears at the sight of her son dancing through an injury. After the completion of the dance, Cher instantly rose to her feet in jubilation.
Cher’s presence may have been a factor for Chaz who had his best performance to date. For the first time in the series, Chaz earned a 21 out of a possible 30. He ended the night not being at the back of the back.
Chaz told the show, "It was great to have everyone here, it pumped me up. I know my mom was really proud of me and that was awesome.”
Later, Cher tweeted her thoughts on the night.
Cher tweeted, “omg!I was crying! wasnt expecting 2 b so nervous! Broke my bracelet clapping! Im so proud!!Chaz was great! Loved David Arquette 2nd"
On his twitter account Chaz thanked his mother for coming.
Chaz tweeted, “Amazing, Amazing Night!! thanks to everyone for the support. I had an awesome time dancing the Rocky theme with @LaceySchwimmer and my whole family in the audience!"
“Dancing with the Stars,” is currently in its 13th season. Producers of the show received controversy from conservative groups for allowing a transgendered individual to participate.
Chaz, who is transgendered, received death threats from critics who felt his presence was inappropriate during a family show.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs on ABC on Monday’s 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c.