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"I didn't see it," Purnell said, grinning, "but I heard the reviews. [Jay] Bilas' exact word, I think, was 'creepy.'"
But then, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or sometimes the artist. Phelps and his dance partner, Clemson "Rally Cats" member Mallory Mitchell, warmed up for an hour prior to unveiling their duet, which was accompanied by Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away."
"I wasn't nervous until my friends talked about being on TV and YouTube," the Greenville senior said. "But Digger likes to cut a rug; he busted out some spontaneous moves. You couldn't help but laugh."