Televised Talent: Billy Dee bows out

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

A graceful exit for Billy Dee, and an emotional 10-worthy performance that failed to get a 10.

What more could you ask for on Dancing with the Stars?

Billy Dee Williams, the nearly 77-year-old actor who had received embarrassingly low scores from the judges two weeks in a row, was saved from elimination from his fans the week prior. But this time, he was bowing out on his own, since his doctor had told him that he couldn’t handle the rigorous schedule.

So he was spared the humiliation of being told he had received the lowest number of votes, we will never know if he did so, and on the heels of a double elimination, nobody else went home.

Now, it was time for some inspiration.

Each star talked about his or her most meaningful year. One talked about the year she got married just as her hit show was ending, another talked about how her son was born in the same year her grandmother died, and Drew Carey talked about how his son’s birth inspired him to lose weight.

But nobody inspired us more than Amy Purdy.

Certain television shows have a habit of blocking clips from the show, but I really hope they keep this one up. Because to understand how truly inspiring this is, you have to know the whole story. About how Purdy lost both her legs and kidney function. About how her father not only gave her one of his kidneys, but picked her up every time she fell while getting used to the prosthetic legs. And how she was using a new pair of “feet” so she could point her toes, and it was like standing on your tiptoes all the time.

And finally, Purdy, who had danced the two weeks prior in pants to cover up her prosthetic legs, finally wore a skirt so that we could see her limitations for ourselves.

She and Derek Hough were flawless. Absolutely flawless.

“There aren’t enough superlatives,” declared guest judge Robin Roberts.

And yet, she joined the other judges in giving Purdy a 9.  Four 9’s?

I know she’s in no danger of going home, and that sometimes low scores are given to encourage the people to vote. But why not a 10?

That’s why Bad Maks, who had gotten a 10 from some judges, didn’t get a single vote from me.

The one-week, overblown “switch up” is next week. I hope they put Meryl with somebody better so I can finally vote for her. If I see Maks fawn over Meryl one more time, I think I’m going to scream. It comes across as downright creepy.

I’d say to put NeNe with him, since she would really put him in his place, but I fear the judges have tossed her under the bus.

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