The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 season resumed Oct. 7 on ABC with a fourth week of performances by the 10 remaining celebrity/professional couples. After an evening of nifty numbers, comedian Bill Engvall closed out the slate with a bouncy samba that prompted one judge to dub him "the heart of the show."
During their rehearsal segment, the funnyman and his pro "DWTS" partner Emma Slater rehashed their week three paso doble, which earned them the praise of all three panelists and a season-high mark of 24 points. Bill was a bit less comfortable with the hip action intensive samba, which he joked could well make him look like "a creepy old man." Still, he vowed to give it his all, claiming that no matter how unattractive the action, his hips would work it to the best of their ability.
Bill and Emma's live "Cuban Pete" samba was fast, fun and full of fresh attitude. It wasn't technically perfect, but Bill's enthusiasm more than made up for what he lacked in skill.
The judges had mixed reactions to the effort. Guest panelist and former "DWTS" pro Julianne Hough called him "the heart of the show" and likened him to her own dad, who she called her favorite dance partner. Bruno Tonioli exclaimed "shake your maracas... it had everything... except timing and rhythm." Carrie Ann Inaba called Bill "so much fun to watch" and termed elements of his party dance "unique."
Bill and Emma snagged 21 points for their samba, a mark which tied them with actor Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd for week four's lowest score following the show-ending ouster of original low-scorers Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus. But despite the lackluster marks, they became the first couple to advance to week five of the competition, prompting an emotional response from both.
The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 season resumes Oct. 14 on ABC with a night of routines inspired by the remaining hopefuls' most memorable years.