We caught up with both All-Stars after the show and found out neither has any regrets.
In fact, Emmitt serenaded reporters with a rendition of Al Green’s “For the Good Times”: “Don’t look so sad. I know it’s over, but life goes on and this world keeps on turning.”
“How much more could I have done?” asked Emmitt, who is proud of how hard he worked on the show, including 23 hours of practicing this past week alone.
“I think we pushed the limits. I’m not necessarily saying we worked harder than most, but we pushed the limits in terms of the number of hours we’ve been in the studio, for a reason, trying to get it to perfection.
“Obviously, right now, it just wasn’t good enough. It’s no reflection on [Cheryl Burke, his pro partner.] For me, I only have so much I can give,” he said with a laugh.
Emmitt’s only real regret is that his kids won’t be flying out to see him compete in the finals, which he told us Monday night they’d been looking forward to.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” he shared, “but this is a life learning lesson for them, too. They need to understand that all things may not go your way — but just because they don’t go your way, it’s not the end of all things. Like I said, let’s just be glad we had this moment to share together and at the end of the day, let’s just get up tomorrow and make it a better day.”
Are you sad to see Emmitt go? Which of the three finalists do you hope wins the mirror-ball trophy?