The hit BBC reality series is underway with its second week of new episodes. Simmonds takes part alongside a whole roster of contestants, including TV presenters, athletes, and pop stars.
The five-time Paralympian champion swimmer is partnered with professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin.
The pair were the third couple to dance on Saturday’s episode (1 October), choosing to perform a waltz to a rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.
After they completed their dance, they were met with standing ovations from two of the four judges: Ballas and Mabuse.
The judges all praised the “emotion” in the dance, with Craig Revel-Horwood praising the “expression” in Simmonds’ arms and hands.
Ballas agreed, stating: “There is so much magic in something so simple,” adding that the waltz was “beautifully executed”.
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After the performance, Simmonds appeared to become teary-eyed reflecting on the experience. Her mother was in the audience.
The dance earned the duo a score of 30, beating out Will Mellor and Nancy Xu’s 26 as well as James Bye and Amy Dowden’s 24.