"[We] were tied for the lowest scores last week, so, you know, we definitely knew it was a possibility [we would be eliminated]," Viall told ET's Nischelle Turner after the show. "We just knew we had a great routine planned, and we were both very excited about this dance. So we just kind of prepared ourselves."
"We said, 'Either way, if it's going to be our last dance, we might as well make it a great one,'" he continued. "I'm just glad that we can still be here… and we'll see what happens."
Viall's transformation into the classic Disney hero Pinocchio, for a jazz routine set to "I've Got No Strings," included the famous wooden boy's iconic school-boy costume, and even forced Viall to shave off his trademark scruffy beard. But for Viall, it was all part of committing to the performance.
Viall also opened up to ET about some of the judges' harsh criticism in the past, and how he uses it to get better.
"I certainly want [good] scores because I want to get better and be here," he explained. "But at the same time, I do appreciate that the judges have been critical in giving me feedback to take and get better. I feel like we've done that."
"The good news is, we're still here!" he exclaimed.
Viall was saved from elimination once again when Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, got the axe instead. Now, Viall lives to dance another day and possibly continue his impressive comeback.