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    Posted: 26 Nov 2013 at 10:14

Bill Engvall's last crusade! Comic is first to be kicked off Dancing With The Stars final after topless Indiana Jones themed samba

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 05:09, 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49, 26 November 2013

His performances had been as wooden as an ancient Mayan artifact.

And comedian Bill Engvall's ineptitude finally caught up with him as he became the first contestant to be eliminated from the Dancing With The Stars two-part final on Monday.

It came despite the fact he ripped off his shirt as he chanelled Harrison Ford during a whip-cracking Indiana Jones themed samba.


Ford focus: Bill Engvall looked confident he would be saved again after his Indiana Jones themed turn on Dancing With The Stars on Monday


Doomed: But he looked mightily relieved when it emerged he was the first to lose on this season's final

Despite ripping off his shirt Engvall stumbled at the final shimmy – receiving the least votes from the public and judges combined on Monday.

‘On behalf of all of us that have a one-pack…thank you,’ joked host Tom Bergeron as the stand-up performer paraded his rotund belly and flexed his biceps for the crowd.

Despite the funnyman’s reoccurring groin injury the dance was packed with lifts - but the effort wasn’t enough to push Engvall into the final three.

The 56-year-old, who was partnered with British pro Emma Slater, lost valuable points from the judges by flunking the samba relay round.


Raider of the lost glitterball trophy: Unfortunately for Bill this will be the closest he gets to capturing it


Temple of gloom: He then had to evade a giant badly animated CGI ball in the darkly lit studio


Taking the trophy? After he evaded the hazard it seemed he had achieved his mission but the dance had yet to begin


Through his fingers: Len Goodman seemed to be enjoying the view as Emma Slater stole the prize

‘It just goes to prove to me that there is a god because I don’t think I could make one more day,’ said the Aged and Confused star, who looked exhausted after the 11 weeks of grueling DWTS training.

‘Emma is like my second daughter now, we had a blast,’ added the comic who was spotted smoking a cigar while taking a break from rehearsals this week.

Engvall was the first of the final four to be ejected from the hit ABC competition.

Amber Riley and Derek Hough and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff foxtrotted through to the final with the highest judges scores while Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were close to being struck out.


Striking a pose: The chemistry was sizzling as the dynamic duo went through their exciting routine


Whipping her into shape: Kellie Pickler looked excited as Bill channelled Indiana with his bullwhip


Right where he wants her: Bill seemed to be enjoying getting to grips with his partner using his whip


Buff-alo Bill: He would certainly make a fine stunt double if Harrison ever decides to take up his whip again

Reigning show champ Kellie Pickler opened the live show with Little Bit Gypsy - a song from her new album. 

The saucy country singer, 27, stayed for the rest of the night to encourage the contestants‘Everyone is just so great,’ she cooed, refusing to pick a favourite under host Brooke Burke Charvet’s questioning.

Seventy-one year old Midnight Idol entertainer Wayne Newton also clapped from the front row with his wife Kathleen McCrone.

In the spirit of age before beauty, Engvall was the first to dance for the ‘judges' choice round’

The loveable comic executed a romantic Viennese Waltz with his partner Emma Slater.

Len Goodman called him ‘Cinderella’ but noted that he lost timing at some points.

‘It’s still an improvement though,’ he said.


On their feet: Bill was given a standing ovation by the clearly overwhelmed crowd after his showstopping turn


You were Good man: Len gave Bill his first and last nine of the season after complimenting his display


No sweat: The funnyman obviously enjoyed thrilling the ladies at home by showing off his fantastic physique


No more of this: The funnyman will surely miss getting to grips with his partner during their practice sessions

‘The musicality is still a mess, but you’re still smiling and I’m still totally enjoying it,’ said Inaba before the judges each awarded them 8 points – 24 in total.

High School Musical star Corbin Bleu has been criticised in the past for being ‘too frantic’.

In an attempt to find ‘stillness and tact’ in his quickstep the 24-year-old tried a vintage-themed jolly to Dig-A-Dig-A-Doo by Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra.

‘If you did that on the highway you would get a speeding ticket,’ said Bruno Tonioli, who also accused the couple of going ‘out of sync’ during the very challenging routine.

Carrie Ann Inaba didn’t see an improvement: ‘Come on, get your mojo back,’ she begged while still awarding them 9 points.


Beating it: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff pulled off some fancy moves during a Michael Jackson themed dance


Len-ding a hand: The judge was in a jolly mood for the final and showed his appreciation for their efforts


Bra-vo: Karina gave her fans at home a thrill as she listened to the words of praise from the impressed adjudicators

The other judges followed suit and the pair achieved a very respectable 27. 

Fan favourite Jack Osbourne was allotted a jive to help him improve his wobbly ‘kicks and weight distribution’.

Their tongue-in-cheek routine wasn’t a hit with the judges.

‘The kicks and flicks were good but the timing went out the window,’ lamented their mentor Tonioli.

Blaming the mistakes on ‘nerves’ Tonioli still awarded 8 points for the 28-year-old Brit- who scored 24 in total.

Dancing an up-tempo and brassy Charleston Amber Riley looked glamorous in a 1920s inspired gown – gaining a perfect score of 30 from the judges.

‘I am so proud of you…you completely out did yourself,’ gushed Inaba.


Worth the price of entry alone: Seeing Jack Osbourne in his top hat and tails was a surprise highlight


Frank Bruno: Honest judge Tonioli pulled no punches as he gave his encouraging appraisal of their dance


Making his point: The reality television personality enjoyed being lathered with praise for his performance


How he met his mother: Jack will have surely went over to greet Sharon after she turned up for his big night

‘That was so high-voltage there as a power surge across the country,’ yelled Tonioli.

Mid show was the ‘samba relay challenge’ where all dancers performed live to the newly revived R&B group TLC.

The female three piece sang their 1998 hit No Scrubs: The deceased member of the group Lisa Lopez (aka Left Eye) was replaced by Brooklyn-based hip- hop artist Lil Mama (Niatia Jessica Kirkland).

‘I grew up listening to TLC, I love them,’ said ‘easy on the eye’ Bleu, who danced topless for the fifth time this season.

For the relay Bleu and Smirnoff came out top with five points while Engvall and Riley lagged with just two points.

‘You’ve been trained but you’ve never been tamed,’ yelled Goodman while Tonioli called it ‘nutty’.


Riley good show: Amber and Derek Hough ended up topping the charts due to their energetic antics


Careful Derek: The dance pro has injured his back previously while hefting around his curvy partner


What a Carrie Ann: Inaba could not contain her enthusiasm for the dynamic duo's wonderful dance

The amusing routine gained them a promising 25 out of 30 – 51 for the whole night.

Dressed in silver and blue sparkling suits Bleu and Smirnoff enlisted the help of Michael Jackson’s choreographer, Travis Payne, for their ambitious freestyle to Smooth Criminal.

‘I am extremely nervous,’ said Smirnoff who was concerned about the potentially back-snapping moves in the act.

After numerous collapses in rehearsals no one was seriously hurt on the night: ‘You killed it, you merciless assassin,’ screamed Tonioli.

‘Those were very risky moves and you nailed it…you made me miss Michael,’ said Inaba, while Goodman stood up for a slow clap.

They scored another perfect 10 trio – 30 in all.

‘Michael Jackson has been my inspiration from the beginning…I could feel him in the room,’ panted Bleu, still out of breath from the exhausting experience of dancing in Gravity Boots.

Before his physically demanding freestyle cute ‘Prince of Darkness’ Osbourne described the experience as ‘like doing brain surgery while looking the other way.’


Perfect pair: The couple were overwhelmed as the 10s racked up from the judges


Laughing all the way to the bank: They were giggling with glee as they moved to the top of the leaderboard

‘It’s going to be pretty sick,’ laughed the former Adrenaline Junkie presenter who has not let his multiple sclerosis hinder him thus far.

The judges were thrilled and awarded full points to Ozzy and Sharon’s only son - causing Burke to burst into tears of joy.

‘I’m so proud of you,’ said Goodman, while Tonioli called it ‘glossy and glitzy perfection’.

Riley and Hough’s freestyle involved a male step team for an aggressive country and western-themed knees up.


In the pink: Jack looked as macho as ever during his other dancefloor performance of the night


Sacre Bleu: There was something for everyone as the pair showed off the fabulous physiques


Bill of rights: Engvall did little wrong as he showed his hard earned proficiency during his other dance

Riley, 27, was left breathless in the center while her men fell away at the finale. The striking routine earned them full points, making them top of the scoreboard with 64 for the night.

‘The whole number was just about you, you were there with six guys but I only watched you,’ praised Goodman.

‘Class, fast and built to last,’ he giggled.

‘You never lost a beat…you are like a diva dancing James brown kicking it,’ said Inaba.

The remaining couples must now learn a fusion dance in the final 24 hours of the competition. 


Great work gang: They certainly made the people watching at home glad they tuned in to watch


What a Pickler: The gentlemen at home got a pleasant surprise when reigning champ Kellie sang a song


Worth the wait? TLC also performed during the star-studded light entertainment extravaganza


Fancy seeing you here: Snooki could not resist the chance to have one final appearance on prime time TV

Find this story at www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2513613/Bill-Engvall-kicked-Dancing-With-The-Stars-final-despite-whip-cracking-Indiana-Jones-samba.html
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