"I of course want Emmitt and Cheryl to do well. Obviously, she's my former partner and Emmitt's a friend of mine. Ultimately, I want the show to just be able to kind of get this monkey off its back of the quality of dancing maybe not being what some people expect and different people still being on the show," Lachey said during a Wednesday morning appearance on Good Morning America alongsideDancing with the Stars partner Anna Trebunskaya and fellow eliminated dancer Helio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower.
"I just want the show to have that credibility and legitimacy, because ultimately, I'm just a fan of the show at the end of the day."
"How did I like my scoring? Well, let me just get comfortable for this one. Grrrr! That's how much I liked it," Lachey joked.
"No, it's frustrating. It's frustrating. That's part of the thing about going first [on the performance show] though. They've got to start the bar somewhere, and they'll go and build on the scores from there. I thought [our cha cha] was better than some of the other dances that got similar scores. But, you know, it doesn't really matter. I had fun doing it and I had a blast dancing with Anna. So, it all comes out in the wash."
Lachey and Trebunskaya, along with Castroneves and Hightower, were eliminated fromDancing with the Stars: All-Stars during last night's live results show after being declared the bottom-two couples based on the combination of the judges' scores they had received during Monday night's performance show and the home viewer votes that were cast afterwards.