Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile survived another week of “Dancing with the Stars.” Halloween Night instead ended with the ouster of the fifth female celebrity in a row: Mary Lou Retton. But since the judges scored him higher than usual this time around — for the first time he didn’t finish last on the judges’ leaderboard — they may have guaranteed he’ll advance for yet another week given his overwhelming support from viewers thus far. So how long can he ride this out? Vote in our poll below to let us know how far he’ll go.
It’s already unprecedented for a “DWTS” contestant to spend their first six nights at the bottom of the leaderboard. In the past anyone who has had such consistently low scores was eliminated before they could achieve such a feat. The only other contestant in “DWTS” who ever had that many nights at the bottom was Bill Engvall in season 17, but his low scores came in the back half of his season, not the first half, so viewers had time to get to know him before he started lagging behind with the judges.
But maybe Amabile will have the opposite trajectory. His Halloween Night Argentine tango was his highest scoring by a wide margin. He received a total of 22 out of 30, which was four points better than his previous personal best of 18. But that still left him second to last, tied with Bobby Bones and three points ahead of John Schneider — who I think was drastically underscored, but that’s another story. As contestants continue to be eliminated, he’ll have to improve faster than that to keep up with his rivals.
Or maybe not. Judging from the first half of the season, he could have the lowest scores every week from here on out and still make the finals. Could he even win?
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