Week 3 on "Dancing With the Stars" was "Most Memorable Year of My Life," a tried-and-true theme guaranteed to bring on the water works. The emotions stirred up by the stories and memories brought out the very best in both celebs and pros, and a very high level of scores.

Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning, America" was a guest judge and mentioned that she would usually be watching the show in her "froggy slippers" with a bowl of popcorn. She also remarked that the ballroom was a bit smaller than she imagined it, but I thought she did a very good job.

Scoring the first 10s of Season 18, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a foxtrot that was dedicated to all of the people who had supported her and ice dancing partner Charlie White in their 17-year effort that culminated in the Olympic gold medal. To music by violinist Lindsey Stirling, the choreography was some of Maks' best, Meryl was terrific and the rapport the pair showed made me think of their first rehearsal when Maks said he could marry her. Hmmm. Robin called the dance "beautiful," judge Bruno Tonioli thought it was technically incredible with extraordinary choreography, and judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she burst into tears because it was so beautiful and that Maks was inspired by Meryl. Hmmmm again.

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 10; head judge Len Goodman -- 9; Robin -- 10; Bruno -- 10 = 39

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd kicked off the show with an awesomely hot jive that was inspired by 2007, the year he "overcame bullying" for being overweight and was motivated to move forward. Len said, "Was that an earthquake? An aftershock? Or did you just rock this place?" Robin appreciated his story and Bruno said James had the explosive energy of a lightning strike.

Scores: judge Carrie Ann Inaba -- 9; Len -- 9; Robin -- 9; Bruno -- 9 = 36

If you were wondering about the elimination, it took care of itself at that point. Under doctor's orders, Billy Dee Williams explained that he would not be dancing due to his chronic back condition. "Doctor says no more dancing but I had a blast. Working with this wonderful, beautiful woman (pro Emma Slater) -- pure joy." After thanking all of the fans for voting for him, Billy Dee called the experience something he would carry with him for years, and Emma said it had been very special. It was a graceful exit for someone who very probably would have been eliminated tonight.

For NeNe Leakes, her rumba with Tony Dovolani was dedicated to her husband who she married, divorced and married again. Tony was shirtless and NeNe was sexy in a very sensual routine. Bruno called her the "Southern siren," and Carrie Ann thought her passion for her husband brought out the sensuality in the dance.

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 8; Len -- 7; Robin -- 8; Bruno -- 8 = 31

In 2010, a video by Cody Simpson was spotted by a producer and his whole family moved from Australia to Los Angeles to further his career, so he dedicated his jazz routine with Witney Carson to his family and danced to his own tune, "Surfboard." He really has a great sense of rhythm and Bruno called it "jazz for now." Robin loved his style, saying he respected the dance but made it his own.

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 9; Len -- 8; Robin -- 9; Bruno -- 9 = 35

At this point in the show, viewers should have gotten out their boxes of tissue because the emotions were taking over. Danica McKeller and Val Chmerkovskiy did a contemporary routine to "Lullaby," dedicated to her son, Draco, and her grandmother, who died three weeks before Draco was born in 2010. OK, I was already weepy and they hadn't started dancing, but it was a very beautiful dance that had everyone with tears in their eyes, especially when Draco was crying into his mom's shoulder. Carrie Ann called Danica "beautiful, sincere, delicate, wonderful," and Len said her movement was so fluid, "it was like butter on a hot muffin."

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 9; Len -- 9; Robin -- 9; Bruno -- 9 = 36

Hope no one put their hankies away because Drew Carey was next, talking about how sn Connor was born in 2005 and that caused Drew to lose weight and get healthy so he would be around to be with Connor. Len called his waltz with Cheryl Burke, "charming and well done," and Robin said he was a "pleasant and marvelous surprise this season." One of the best moments was when Connor "hit on" Cheryl by asking her to show him some moves. Cheryl called the boy's pick-up skills, "a 10."

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 7; Len -- 7; Robin -- 8; Bruno -- 8 = 30

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were next with a contemporary dance that was inspired by 1999 when she had both legs amputated and lost her kidney function, followed by her father giving her one of his kidneys to save her life. If you put your tissues away, big mistake -- this is the one that really got to me, and to all of the judges. Tears everywhere as Amy described dancing with her dad on her prosthetic legs and deciding she could do anything. Carrie Ann said she was so inspiring, but Len really got me with, "You touched my brain with the level of difficulty and touched my heart with the level of artistry. Truly beautiful, well done!"

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 9; Len -- 9; Robin -- 9; Bruno -- 9 = 36

Time for a change in mood before the ballroom flooded with tears, and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess had the perfect solution: a jive to "Happy" that Charlie described as his celebration dance for winning the gold medal, and he dedicated it to his parents and girlfriend, Tanith Belbin. He started dancing backstage with some of the pros, the stage hands, backup dancers, everyone -- before bursting out onto the dance floor. Carrie Ann said it was fantastic, and Len added, "You were steaming, I was beaming, it's Happy Hour!"

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 9; Len -- 9; Robin -- 9; Bruno -- 9 = 36

The final couple was Candace Cameron-Burke, who was visited two of her "Full House" co-stars, Lori Laughlin and Andrea Barber. She dedicated her jive with Mark Ballas to 1995, the year that "Full House" ended and when she became engaged to her husband. The routine was inspired by Elvis and was full of energy. Len thought it was a "proper ballroom jive," and Bruno said he loves it when Candace "goes wild."

Scores: Carrie Ann -- 8; Len -- 8; Robin -- 8; Bruno -- 8 = 32

All through the show, host Tom Bergeron and co-host Erin Andrews talked about and asked the dancers about the Switch Up. Viewers were still voting tonight, so we have no idea who is paired up with whom, but both celebs and pros talked about how much they are dreading it. I suspect the higher-scoring couples are really hating the idea of breaking up a winning combination right now. And it sounds like the judges' scores will be combined with next week's scores, but where do the viewers' votes come into play. So we will all see who is together when they actually do their dances. Wow! At one point, Tom said, with a liberal dose of sarcasm, "They're all just loving this Switch Up."

Next week will also see the return of "Macy's Stars of Dance" under guidance of creative director Derek Hough. Gee, do you think that extra challenge had anything to do with his return this season? In addition to all the switches and the Macy's feature, a highlight of next week's show will be guest judge Julianne Hough! With Meryl almost perfect; James, Danica, Amy and Charlie near the top; and Drew at the bottom with a normally great score of 30 out of 40, who will be going home? See you next week -- keep dancing.