Redneck comedian Bill Engvall continued to be the most unexpected surprise of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 17.
Engvall was the happiest performer on Monday night after pulling off an inspired Lone Ranger-themed Paso Doble with his partner Emma Slater. The blue collar comic earned a strong score of 24 and the judges gushed over Engvall’s arm movements and sense of attack.
But after the show, he told xfinityTV the triumph came after a wacky and chaotic training period.
“If you knew what our week was like,” he sighed. “I couldn’t get it all week and Emma kept saying, ‘It’s just a dance. Just do it.’
“And we had our dress rehearsal and when I went to spin her, I didn’t do it right and I thought she hit her head on the floor and I was like, ‘Oh, my God. This is not good.’
“She probably has breast cancer because I [accidentally] slapped her right in the boob. Really hard, and I was like, this could not go any worse!
“And then, we got backstage and she always gets this twinkle in her eye and she says, ‘Let’s just do this. Leave nothing on the floor.’”
Engvall started the dance by walking through a prop saloon door. “I knew when I came through the saloon doors that I had it. Something came over me and I went, ‘I’m going to throw it all out there and if it sucks, it sucks but if it’s good, it’s going to be stellar’ and I was so proud of it.”
The funnyman said during his TV rehearsal footage that he actually wanted to win “DWTS.”
When asked why, he told xfinityTV, “because no comedian’s ever won it, nobody thought I would get past the first elimination, and we made it past the second elimination, so I figure, screw it. What do I got to lose?”
After the Lone Ranger dance, viewers saw Engvall kiss his wife Gail, who was in the “DWTS” audience. “Every night, she goes, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ I think she knew I had it in me but I didn’t know I had it in me. But she’s more nervous than I am when I’m up there.”
But Monday night, “I could tell by her smile that we nailed it,” Engvall said.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.