"I don't know what happened. I think that I did my best," said Bryan during a Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that followed her elimination from Dancing with the Stars 5. "No heartbreak. That experience was incredible."
Bryan and her professional partner Mark Ballas were among the bottom two couples based on a combination of the judges' scores from their Monday night foxtrot routine -- a 25, their lowest judges' score of the competition -- as well as home viewer votes cast following the broadcast.
"Mark and I went out there every week and worked really hard," Bryan told Kimmel. "I had an opportunity to get a 30 on the show. That was amazing!"
Bryan was particularly bummed that her elimination came when it did because she was looking forward to showing off her moves in a few other upcoming dance styles.
"It's sucky not to be able to do... I really wanted to do the tango and the mambo next week," she said. "I had amazing costumes that I had all these plans for."
While home viewer votes weren't enough to save Bryan and Ballas, the 23-year-old star of Disney's The Cheetah Girls films said she was receiving fan support. In addition to her three fellow original The Cheetah Girls co-stars -- Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Raven-Symone -- Bryan said her mom also had her Southern California hometown pulling for her.
"My mom went all over Yorba Linda -- the city I'm from in Orange County -- and posted [flyers telling people to vote for me]... I mean there's not one business in Orange County that doesn't have my little face on there," Bryan told Kimmel. "I was there last week and I went to this bagel shop that I go to all the time when I'm in town, and there was my face. I was like, 'Oh!' So it's weird."
Bryan also had the opportunity to mingle with Dancing with the Stars other fifth-season celebrity participants, including Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who she was extra excited to hang-out with.
"She called me -- we got done with [Monday night's performance] show -- and she called me and she's like, 'I'm bored, come over, let's hang-out,'" Bryan told Kimmel. "I was like, 'Alright! I'll be over!'"
Similar to the reaction of Dancing with the Stars three judges as well as the live studio audience in attendance during last night's live results show broadcast, Bryan said Brown was miffed as to why she was sent packing.
"Melanie B. told me she is demanding a recount," Bryan joked.
Being booted from the competition wasn't a total loss for Bryan, who told Kimmel she has a lot of other opportunities currently on her plate.
"I am going to do anything I want," she said. "I'm going to start with a massage [on Wednesday]. I want to have a production company, so I can start really focusing on that. 'The Cheetah Girls' are actually going to be going to India to do our third movie. We're going to be going in January. I'm in the process of writing a book for girls, and I do fitness dance videos for young girls. I just want to keep empowering all my Cheetah fans and girls out there!"
(Photo credit ABC)
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