Saddled with clunky footwork and lack of hip action, Bill Engvall is not a great dancer.
But on "Dancing With the Stars," the Blue Comedy comic put in serious work, showing grit and spirit every Average Joe on their couch had to admire. As a result, he muscled his way past several much better dancers (Snooki, Elizabeth Berkley, Brant Daugherty, Leah Remini, Chistina Millian) and pocketed enough votes to make it to the final four.
On Monday night, Engvall finally ran out of votes and just missed the finals, leaving Jack Osborne and the two best dancers Corbin Bleu and Amber Riley. "This is proof there is a God because I'm not sure I have another dance in me," Engvall cracked.
The format included a previous dance, a salsa relay and a freestyle round. He tried to improve upon a week five Viennese Waltz to Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman." The first time around, he received three 8s. This time, he again received three 8s.
He came in last on the salsa relay, no surprise there. Then he received his very first 9 of the competition during the "Raiders of the Lost Ark"-themed freestyle round from Len Goodman of all people. Over 15 dances, Engvall averaged a 22.7 compared to a 25.9 for Osborne, a 27.2 for Bleu and 27.4 for Riley. In other words, Bleu and Riley received an average of 9's from the judges every dance while Engvall couldn't barely average a 7.5. That is a huge disparity.
As usual, he lagged far behind the other three in total points, even Jack Osborne, another person who has survived longer than his judges' scores would indicate but not to the degree of Engvall.
The battle Tuesday night will essentially be between Bleu of 'High School Musical" fame and Riley of "Glee" fame. Both have some prior dance experience and youth on their side. It's hard to say who has the edge. They are both very very good. It may end up coming down to who is more popular and again, that's hard to ascertain.