updated 04/04/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/10/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
Holly Madison’s stint on Dancing with the Stars may have been short-lived, but she thinks her former Girls Next Door costar, Kendra Wilkinson, could go all the way to win the competition’s coveted disco-ball trophy.
“She absolutely has a chance at winning,” Madison 32, recently told PEOPLE. “She’s a natural athlete and she’s really competitive and she has a fan following, so I think she’ll do really well and certainly better than I did.”
Still, Madison says that no matter how Wilkinson fares, she should just enjoy herself.
“It’s so much fun,” Madison, 32, says about participating on the hit ABC show. “As soon as I heard Kendra was going to be on this season, I texted her and said, ‘Try your hardest, but don’t even worry about being competitive or how long you stay on the show.’ ”