Kristin Cavallari: I should've had a sad 'Dancing with the Stars' story
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/05/2011
Kristin Cavallari agrees with Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that she may have lasted longer on Dancing with the Stars if she had shared a sad story for Monday night's performance show, which featured the celebrity contestants portraying the most memorable year of their lives through dance.
"Maybe I didn't have a good enough story. It's hard to compete with some of the most memorable years," the former The Hills star said during a Tuesday night appearance with her professional partner Mark Ballas on Jimmy Kimmel Live following their elimination from the competition.
"You made a big mistake," Kimmel interjected.
"Mine was [just] like, 'I graduated high school and moved to LA!'" Cavallari joked.
Kimmel then proceeded to give examples of the Dancing with the Stars contestants who shared somber stories from their past with viewers.
"Last night, you each had to dance to a song you picked from a memorable year of your life. [J.R. Martinez], he picked the year 2003, when he was severely injured by a landmine in Iraq. Rob Kardashian -- 2003, the year his father died. Chynna Phillips -- 1990, the year she quit abusing drugs. Nancy Grace -- 2007, the year her twins were born prematurely and spent time in the ICU. David Arquette -- 2010, his marriage fell apart and he started drinking heavily. Ricki Lake -- 2010, got divorced and her house burned down," Kimmel explained.
"Your year was 2005 and it was most memorable because you had to choose between going to college and being on a reality show."
"Looking back, maybe I should have done something a little bit sad," Cavallari said while laughing.
"It was a memorable year, so usually you want to focus on the positive, right?" Ballas said.
"It wasn't a sob story, but obviously I should have gone with the other one," said Cavallari, who was seemingly referring to her recently breakup with former fiance Jay Cutler -- although reports have claimed the couple is reconciling.
"You have to have a sob story, and you have to make one up if you don't have a sob story," Kimmel joked.
Kimmel also suggested another reason behind the reality TV star's ouster was because viewers allegedly enjoy watching a dancer improve over the course of the competition, but Cavallari was good from the very beginning.
However, Cavallari disagreed, questioning her natural performance ability.
"See, I thought I improved as the three weeks went on. I know it wasn't that big of an amount of time, but I felt like compared to the first week, I definitely got better," Cavallari said.
While Cavallari believed her performances got increasingly better each week, Ballas thought the Dancing with the Stars judges' scores should have reflected that improvement but failed to.
"I personally felt that Kristin was underscored a little bit last night -- a lot of people with the same score. But you know, at the end of the day, I was really proud of her and I'm super bummed. I was really upset," Ballas said.
Cavallari was also disappointed that her Dancing with the Stars journey was brief and wasn't sure whether she will continue dancing.
"I don't know. It's a lot of fun and it is a great workout, so we'll see. It's been nice to not have to go to the gym. So, maybe," she added.