When "Dancing With the Stars" began, I anticipated Bill Engvall might survive three or four weeks at most.
But here he is 10 weeks later, in the the final four.
The Blue Collar comedy man vanquished the fifth dancer who had better judges' scores than him. This time, he took down "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini, who had zero dance experience but embraced the experience and brought personality and determination to the dance floor.
This despite the fact he has never received a 9 from a judge. This time, his cha cha cha managed 7s from the judges, a shockingly low score for anybody at this point but they tried their best to be nice to him, not bothering to critique his technique. "You are the people's champion," Len Goodman said. "I'm still totally smiling," said Carrie Ann Inaba.
His tango averaged a bunch of 8s, the best he's been able to do in this competition (Former DWTS dancer Maxim Chmerkovskiy showed up as a judge for the first time and he was as tough as the other judges in terms of scoring.) "I don't know if you have the skill to win but you have the will to win," Goodman told him. They credited his dance partner Emma Slater for putting together dances that work for him.
Engvall's average score over 13 dances is 22.5 from the judges. The other three dancers' judge scores are far higher. Jack Osborne has a 25.8 while Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu are tied with an average of 27.2 after 13 dances.
Surely, he has to be as shocked as everybody else.
One of those shocked? His buddy and Alpharetta's Jeff Foxworthy, who sent ou tthis note:
"Every week when Bill finishes dancing and they show the phone number I call in and pledge money. We have to find a cure for whatever is wrong with him! Seriously, we are all proud of Bill."
The closest comparison is Bristol Palin from season 11, who made the finals with an average score of 22.6.