‘DWTS’ Underdog Bill Engvall Discos Into Semifinals, Tells Off Critics

"DWTS" dark horse Bill Engvall busts a move with pro partner Emma Slater on "Dancing With the Stars" (Photo: ABC)

Bill Engvall continued his shocking “Dancing With the Stars” success by avoiding elimination on Monday night’s show after a hilariously entertaining disco routine.

Although Bill and partner Emma Slater got the lowest score of the night for that 1970s homage dance — and lost a disco “dance off” with Jack Osbourne — the comedian sailed through to next week’s “DWTS” semifinals.

“When I started this competition, I didn’t know the first thing about ballroom dancing,” an excited Engvall told reporters after the show. “And I’ve gotten to [the] week nine [semifinals]. So to all the naysayers out there that wrote, ‘Bill Engvall should get off the show,’ ‘Bill Engvall should get out’: Go to hell. I’m in week nine!

“Eat your words, baby! Watch me go to the finals.”

On Monday night’s Week Eight competition, judges told Bill he was out of rhythm and Bruno Tonioli dissed him, comparing his disco moves to Cher’s song “Strong Enough” to a very faded version of John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever.”

But the criticism didn’t matter a bit as Bill’s fans voted in droves for the blue-collar comedian.

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“I’ve kind of figured out what our position on the show is,” Bill said with Emma by his side. “And if it’s what we ride to the finals, we’re going to ride it ‘til it drops. Emma is so good at putting in steps that she knows I can do. I feel comfortable and my personality comes out.

“It’s funny but we’re still dancing and we’re dancing pretty damn good. I’d throw that disco move into any club right now,” he smiled.

If Engvall, 56, improbably winds up winning “DWTS,” he would be the oldest person to ever win the show. Donny Osmond and Jennifer Grey are tied as the show’s oldest winners so far — both were age 50 when they hoisted the mirror ball trophy.

Bill said he’s a friend of Donny’s and “if I win this thing at 56, he will never, ever hear the end of it.”

The comic already has plans in place if he wins the trophy.

“I’ve already told my street, my block, that if we win the mirror ball, we’re going to treat it like the Stanley Cup. Everybody gets a day with it. My whole block has been behind me the whole time.”

Meanwhile, actor Corbin Bleu, who is considered a “DWTS” front runner, told XfinityTV, “Everyone should fear Bill’s fan base. I tip my hat to him and I feel he deserves to be here just as much as everybody else.”

Longtime “DWTS” pro dancer Cheryl Burke, who is Jack Osbourne’s pro dance partner, commented, “Bill can just not dance, and he’d still be safe! You know what I think it is? Bill is so relatable. He’s just a normal guy and he has so much fun doing it. There’s no pressure for him. He’s just happy that he’s here. After every dance, even if he messes up or not he jumps for joy as if he just won the Lotto. It’s endearing.”

OSbourne declared, “I want Bill to win just to see his reaction when he wins the mirror ball. That’s it. I literally would be like, ‘Bill, I don’t want to win because you’re going to act so much happier than anyone I know.’ ”

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