Gavin DeGraw: I'm Terrified of Being Eliminated on Dancing With the Stars

Entertainment Mar. 28, 2012 AT 12:50PM
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff on Dancing with the Stars Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff on Dancing with the Stars Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC

Gavin DeGraw came close to being the first contestant eliminated from Dancing With the Stars Tuesday -- and it won't be something he soon forgets.

"Had I known it was going to be that stressful and I was going to have that many palpitations, I would've taken an aspirin before I went out there onstage," the singer, 35, told E! News after tennis champ Martina Navratilova was voted off.

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"I felt it. It was like an aspirin commercial up there. That mixed in with a little indigestion. It got scary," DeGraw added. "I was watching my dance career flash before my eyes!"

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Navratilova, meanwhile, was sad to see her journey end so early on in the competition. "I knew I'd be in jeopardy," the low-scoring athlete, 55, told Us Weekly post-show. "I thought maybe I had a shot with the popular vote, but Gavin DeGraw is too popular so I didn't get it! That's how it goes."

Dancing With the Stars airs Monday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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