'DWTS' eliminated dancer: 'It was a great ride'

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Jack Wagner showed a lot of improvement with his samba on Dancing with the Stars Monday, but his top-of-the-show performance with Anna Trebunskaya – and the score of 24 that came with it — wasn’t enough to convince viewers to keep him around for another spin or two on the dance floor. After he joined rocker Gavin DeGraw and music icon Gladys Knight at the bottom three, the popular soap star on Tuesday was handed his walking papers.

“Shocking Tuesdays is what they should rename it,” a surprised Trebunskaya told reporters after the show.

Wagner wouldn’t admit he was surprised or shocked, though the look on his face spoke volumes. “It was a great ride. I think everybody was very close. It is what it is. I’m gonna miss Anna. I’m gonna miss strapping it on every day.”

Um, we think he meant that he enjoyed working hard.

Anyway, let’s let Wagner finish. “You really have every day a goal to try to get better, so I’m going to try to carry that on in real life,” continued the actor. He said that his long-long daughter Kerry, who is actually a professional ballroom dancer, was “pretty upset” about his ouster.

Adding to the disappointment is the fact that they were just one week shy of the show’s big game-changer – the Dance Duel. Bergeron announced on Tuesday’s episode that starting next week, the bottom two couples will dance simultaneously in a Dance Duel and the judges will decide who goes home instead of letting the viewers have a say.

Had Wagner survived another week, could he have beaten DeGraw? “Sure. Any kind of dance duel, we’d be willing to dance against anybody else.”

Ditto for his Russian partner, though she said the Dance Duel is a double-edge sword for the cast. “In one way,” she mused, “it’s definitely going to be more exciting for the viewers to see the two couples dancing next to each other. But the other side, it’s going to be so much stress for the couples to go through this. Monday night, they all have to go to the studio and come up with something, practice something, and that’s gonna be really tough.”

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