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Dancing With The Stars: Exit Interview With Melissa Joan Hart And Louie Vito

October 29, 2009 11:14 AM by Britteny Elrick


Last Tuesday night we had to say goodbye to two couples on Dancing With The Stars.  Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas didn’t have to wait very long to find out they were headed for home, however, Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower participated in a dance-off, only to find that their Jive didn’t not please the judges…

After the elimination, both couples spoke to In Touch Weekly and here’s what they had to say:

Question: Were you expecting to be eliminated tonight?

Melissa: I am a little surprised. But you never know with these things. I was hoping they would save us.

Mark: I thought we were going to be in the dance-off. I feel like if we had done the dance, she would have pulled through because we really worked hard on this number. It was right up there with the Charleston for me.

Melissa: It was our salsa. My whole goal was to get to week seven. It was probably around week three that I found out what the quickstep was and I wanted to do it and that’s what we were going to do next week.

Question: So dancing is in your future?

Melissa: I hope so. There are two things I’d like to take away from this experience – good posture and a new hobby.

Question: What is next for you?

Melissa: After the finale I’m going to be doing a pilot for ABC Family with Joey Lawrence, so hopefully that’ll become a series. It’s a hard show to describe. I play a bad girl politician whose sister goes to jail, so she is left to raise the kids and Joey is hired as a nanny. It’s really smart and funny.

Question: [to Louie and Chelsie] Sorry we have to say goodbye to you two. But at least you got to do the dance-off and not get eliminated straight away.

Louie: But I don’t know which would have been worse. I hate losing. So losing after going head-to-head with somebody would have been worse. I’m just happy that our fans kept us in this long.

Question: What will you take away from this experience?

Louie: Every week there’s a new dance and a new challenge and you’re doing something completely different, something you never dreamed about doing. That’s such a rewarding feeling.

Chelsie: I am really proud of him and that he came out here every Monday night, always prepared. He did the best that he could do.

Question: Will you keep dancing?

Louie: I have to go right into snowboarding, I have trials coming up. So I go from the ballroom world back to my lovely world of snowboarding, where I have zero posture and loose-fitting clothes!

Question: What did you learn from working with each other?

Chelsie: I think we learned a lot from having to deal with each other’s differences. We are a lot of the same person and in other ways there are a lot of differences and those differences really clashed. It was a challenge working with each other – there was a lot of frustration! But at the same time there were a lot of positives. We have a great relationship, and I learned a lot as a teacher by throwing myself into teaching someone that is so different from anyone I have taught before. It was a challenge, but a good experience.

Louie: It was tough as I am from a world where I am not used to being told what to do. So dealing with nerves and frustrations and not knowing how to deal with those… Yeah we may have bickered here and there, but in the long run you can take away a lot from the experience. Now I can look back at the mistakes I made, all the good things I did, and apply those to the rest of my life.

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