Greek American Hero Competes on Dancing with the Stars

The Army National Guard specialist from Oregon, who along with several others, thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris train last month, is a contestant on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

The Greek American hero was on vacation in Paris on that fateful day. Skarlatos has said he was sleeping and awoke to observe the events on the train, and operated on “gut instinct”. For his bravery, he was awarded the US Army’s Soldiers Medal. Skarlaros’ hero status landed him on the popular show.

Alek Skarlatos' Twitter profile pic
Alek Skarlatos’ Twitter profile pic

Season 21 commenced on September 14. For someone who says he hasn’t danced before, he did a fantastic job. As we observed his outstretched arms during the dance, we could imagine him dancing a zembekiko! Prior to their performance, the show aired a segment on the events of that August day in Paris. His fox trot, with pro partner Lindsay Arnold earned a score of 22. Judge Julianne Hough called his performance, “the surprise of the night.”

The 22 year-old is attending community college and hopes to someday become a policeman. His fast-acting instincts will take him far.

We’ll be watching each week and cheering on our hero. Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC on Mondays, at 8/7c. Check local listings for your area.


We’re loving how “Greek” Dancing with the Star is this season! From Alek as a competitor, to pro dancers Karina Smirnoff (Greek-Russian descent) and Mark Ballas (Greek-Mexican-Spanish descent) — and on the season premiere, past contestant Maria Menounos was in the audience! So what are the chances of them incorporating some traditional folk dance moves into a performance? 😉 OPA! Way to represent!

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