10/05/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani dedicated their emotional wartime waltz on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars to America’s fallen soldiers and their families – those whose heartbreak and sacrifice the couple dramatized in their dance.
The pair won raves – along with two 9’s and an 8 – for their performance, in which Patridge portrayed a woman dancing with the ghost of her dead soldier sweetheart. Afterward, they reflected on the resonance of their story in a time of war.
“This story fit so perfectly,” said Patridge, “especially with what we’re going through right now, and all of our soldiers who have died and the families who have to go through that. So, we wanted to dedicate it to the families and everyone in war.”