With Dancing with the Stars contestants in the final stretch of season 17, Monday night saw another couple sent home.
Just before a newly crowned champion will be named on Tuesday, Jack Osbourne, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu battled it out for a shot at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy.
At the end of Monday’s episode, Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score – and were sent packing.
“It just goes to prove to me there is a God, because I don’t think I could make one more dance,” Engvall told the crowd just after learning his fate. “[Emma] is like my second daughter now. We just had a blast It’d be totally remiss if I didn’t thank [my wife] Gail.”
Other highlights from the night included:
• Engvall and Slater kicked off the evening with a 24-point Viennese waltz, which was a repeat dance on which they were expected to improve. The judges commended their efforts but didn’t see much of a difference, giving the fan-favorite pair 24 points out of 30.
They scored one point higher – and got their duo’s first nine of the season – when it was time for their freestyle, a lively Raiders of the Lost Ark-themed routine that judge Bruno Tonioli called “insanely good fun.”
• Bleu and partner Karina Smirnoff also failed to meet the judges’ standard of improvement with their repeat dance, a quickstep. Although they still scored three nines, Carrie Ann Inaba said she was “a little disappointed” by the pair’s efforts.
They majorly stepped it up with their perfect-scoring freestyle, though. Dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” the moonwalk-filled number got a standing ovation by head judge Len Goodman, with Tonioli telling the couple, “You killed it!”
• When it came to improving their repeat dance, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were also unable to nail it, with the former reality star telling the judges right after the performance, “I messed up and I’m sorry.” Scoring a 24, the judges still praised Osbourne’s overall transformation this season.
The duo came back with a vengeance with their freestyle, which led them both to tears of joy when it was done. “That was a showstopper,” Inaba told them. “That was the best fairytale ending to anybody’s story.” Goodman told Osbourne that not only should his family be proud of him, but he’s proud of him as well.
• Amber Riley and Derek Hough were the only couple to wow the judges with their repeat dance. Scoring a perfect 30 for their Charleston, Tonioli told Riley that the performance was “as sharp as a razor blade.”
They didn’t fail to impress with their freestyle, either. Scoring another perfect 30, Tonioli called Riley “a leading lady” and Inaba called her a “diva-dancing James Brown.”
• Each couple also participated in a samba dance-off. Bleu came in first place and added five points to his score; Riley came in second place with four points; Osbourne came in third with three points; and Engvall earned two points for coming in fourth.