"Dancing with the Stars" 2013 bade a fond farewell to yet another celebrity at the close of the Cher-studded Nov. 4 episode on ABC, but for the second week running, the person sent home wasn't one of the two stars widely considered to be the weakest remaining links.
Week eight action from the esteemed "DWTS" ballroom featured individual dances by each of the celebrity/professional pairs as well as a trio of head-to-head dance-offs. When the final numbers were tabulated, comedian Bill Engvall and Emma Slater found themselves in a familiar position at the bottom of judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and guest Cher's leader board with just 24 points.
Actress Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani fared better than Engvall and Slater by earning 27 points for their Viennese waltz and three bonus points for winning a head-to-head rumba battle, but still entered the evening with the second-lowest season cumulative judges' point total.
As the show neared its end, however, viewers were stunned when both Remini and Engvall were declared safe to dance again. The final two couples in danger of elimination were reality star Jack Osbourne and partner Cheryl Burke, and actor Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, who each earned an impressive 27 points for their respective individual performances.
In the end, it was "Pretty Little Liars" star Daugherty whose "DWTS" journey came to a premature end.
"Dancing with the Stars" 2013 continues Nov. 11 on ABC with the next round of the season 17 competition.