Maria Menounos: I Was "Prepared" for Dancing With the Stars Elimination

Celebrity News May. 16, 2012 AT 11:00AM
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough on Dancing With the Stars, May 14, 2012. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough on Dancing With the Stars, May 14, 2012. Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty images

Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough are taking their shocking Dancing With the Stars elimination in stride.

The duo--who had the highest scores out of all four remaining teams following their Argentine Tango and high-energy jive Monday night--failed to secure enough viewer votes and were sent packing during Tuesday's results show.

Menounos, 33, and Hough opened up to Us Weekly after their elimination about their ballroom journey coming to a close.

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After a tough week of rehearsals, "We finished last night and I was so happy, I was over the moon and I said to [Derek], 'I did what I had to do. And tomorrow--que sera!' Whatever happens from this point on . . .no one will every know," Menounos told Us. "But I did it. I'm happy and proud of what I did."

The normally emotional Extra host said she did her best to remain cool, calm, and collected going into the results show.

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"I had a real sense of calm today and I said either way, whatever happens, I'm going to be good. Derek also said, 'Babe, I think we are getting eliminated.' I was like, 'Really? Do you think so?' I didn't, but he did," Menounos revealed. "I was like, 'Okay, cool, I'm going to prepare.'"

Hough, 26, says he's pleased with the way their team finished up their time on the dancefloor.

"[We went] out on a high note," he explained to Us. "We have not had a bad dance."

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After weeks of grueling rehearsals, the pair admit they're also looking forward to some much needed R&R.

"We already have things in the works . . . facials, massages, oxygen baths, you name it," Hough joked.

Added Menounos, "We will be pampering ourselves all day long!"

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