Gavin DeGraw Doing Just Fine with ‘DWTS’ Elimination

Gavin DeGraw and his DWTS partner Karina Smirnoff. (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR)

Singer Gavin DeGraw struck a sour note on “Dancing With the Stars” and it cost him. On week 5, also known as “Latin week,” judges voted Gavin off after he competed against Jaleel White in the show’s first ever simultaneous dance duel.

After scoring only 19 for his out of control samba on Monday night, Gavin wound up in the bottom two with the former “Family Matters” star on Tuesday’s elimination show. After both stars danced the cha cha at the same time, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli decided Gavin would be the one bidding the ballroom goodbye.

After the show, Gavin was joking around as usual and not a bit surprised his “DWTS” days were done with partner Karina Smirnoff. When asked what he gained from the show, he laughed to reporters, “not a mirror ball! Other than that, I got Karina’s phone number, finally. It took a while.” But seriously, Gavin added, “We made a lot of good friends and had a great experience. It’s kind of like a summer camp. I picked up a couple of dancing tips and [learned] you don’t have to win a trophy to learn how to dance.

"This is about stepping out and trying something new and it's not about winning or losing all the time," he continued. "I'm going to miss the whole pressure element. I enjoyed the pressure."

Karina implied the pressure of rehearsing for the cha cha caused them to lose the dance duel against Jaleel and his partner Kym Johnson. “We literally only had about two hours to [practice] the whole dance,” said the veteran pro. “We started the dance [rehearsal Monday] night at about 11 o’clock. At 12 o’clock, we had to leave the studio because they were closing — and then we finished the routine in the garage.”

But Gavin wasn’t too broken up about it. The “Not Over You” singer–who charmed fans by carrying Melissa Gilbert to safety after she suffered whiplash and a mild concussion during last week’s “DWTS”–will happily go back to his busy career. “I have a show tomorrow in New York City,” he told XfinityTV. “I’m always on tour—me and Colbie Calliat are doing a summer tour. It’ll be really great.”

Meanwhile, his devoted partner Karina, who won the trophy last season with actor and war hero J.R. Martinez, will be performing at Lincoln Center. “Every season teaches a lesson,” she told reporters about “DWTS.” “If they have me, I’ll be back every season.”

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