Ousted 'Dancing' star Priscilla Presley never expected to go all the way
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/16/2008
Priscilla Presley's journey as a Dancing with the Stars sixth-season celebrity participant apparently ended when she expected it to.
"I never, ever expected to go all the way. I figured that I'd be booted off somewhere around this time. I really did," said Presley during a Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that followed her elimination from Dancing with the Stars' sixth season.
"We have some great talent there, and I'm just happy I was able to be a part of it."
Presley and her professional partner Louis van Amstel were became the fifth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' sixth season during last night's live broadcast after the couple found themselves in the bottom two for a second week in a row based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
Presley echoed the sentiments of Adam Carolla, who implored viewers to embrace their personal life challenges after his elimination last week.
"It's an incredible experience and I feel the same as Adam, where you challenge yourself and it's life-changing," Presley told Kimmel.
Presley and van Amstel found themselves towards the bottom of the judges' leaderboard throughout the competition -- a start contrast from Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas, who have been atop it since the sixth season started.
"She is incredible. All of us are in awe over her. She is amazing," said Presley of Yamaguchi before offering a word of warning.
"That show, you can never tell. I'll be honest, you don't know what's going to happen. All of us know that in the show. We're all very nervous, we're all very tense. Because anything can happen. It can be any one of us."
Kimmel asked Presley if she felt "ripped off" because of Yamaguchi's experience.
"You look at it sometimes and you go, 'Gosh, this is not fair.' Because we're striving so hard to attain a quarter of what she has. She comes in already with that -- and on skates much less," answered Presley. "But I don't know."
"I took risks. I did things that I never thought I could do," she said. "I never in my life a year ago thought that I'd be doing this. So I think I walk away with a great journey."
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