updated 05/01/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/01/2012 AT 9:30 AM ET
But unlike in seasons past, a usually outspoken Chmerkovskiy says he’s not upset, because he expects judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman to deliver tough critiques at this point.
“With a smile on my face and a happy, happy, happy, happy, happy heart, [I’ll say] there’s nothing we can do right by them, and it is what it is,” the professional dancer told reporters backstage after Monday night’s show. “Let’s be realistic. If we make it to the [dancing duel], we’re out. That’s a fact, no matter what we do.”