Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: 24/30 Viennese waltz + 2 samba relay + 25 freestyle = 51 total Aw, shucks. I was in tears way before Bill and Emma's elimination -- that first rehearsal package of theirs was such a mutual platonic love fest! Okay, so maybe their Viennese waltz didn't improve on the three 8s they'd earned previously. It was still lovely and reiterated why people like Bill on this show. It's not just because of his appealing, all-inclusive personality. In these quieter dances that don't beg for crazy songs and themes a la the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" tango, when Bill has to settle down and just play the part of a docile ballroom student, he really gets into it and digs deep and tries. And even those crazy dances weren't jokes to him.
I just enjoyed his approach to this wild "lifetime experience," in general. Cheers to Bill!
Oh. My. God.
CGI MIRRORBALL ON THE LOOSE!!!
Bill and Emma's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Mirrorball freestyle was everything I wanted it to be, visually, and yes that does include Bill removing his shirt at the end -- if only for Tom's quip, "On behalf of all of us who have a one-pack, thank you." But I also very much appreciated Emma's smart choreography, which made great use of a long leather whip [BRUNO STIFLES STRONGLY SEXUAL COMMENT] instead of forcing Bill and his torn-up groin to whirl his partner around in an endless series of lifts. The lifts they did do at the end were sharp and not physically devastating, and "sharp and not physically devastating" is pretty much all you can ask for out of a guy who didn't expect to make it beyond week 2 but is trying his guts out.
Well, or at least completing the routines, anyway. "If you think I didn't care about this dance, wait until you see the thing tomorrow!" Bill announced giddily after his elimination. Ha! I can't wait. Luckily it happens in just a few hours. And then maybe, the morning after that, I will take a nap.
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