"Honestly, the only thing we have thought about the last couple of months is the competition," Bryan toldEntertainment Tonight anchor Mary Hart during a Wednesday interview. "We have enjoyed each other's time. I can't believe I met him and [instantly] felt like I knew him for 10 years."
Bryan, a 23-year-old co-star of Disney's The Cheetah Girls films, and Ballas, a 22-year-old who was participating as a Dancing with the Stars professional for the first time during the fifth season, always appeared to have good chemistry both on the dance floor and in rehearsals.
After their elimination was announced on Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday night results show, Bryan called Ballas "baby" during their goodbye comments. Ballas replied by telling Bryan "I love you."
"The second our chemistry happened on-stage, it was unstoppable for us," Bryan told Hart. "We couldn't have held it back if we wanted to."