William Levy Surprised by Success on Dancing with the Stars

Cheryl Burke and William Levy

updated 05/15/2012 AT 5:30 PM ET

originally published 05/15/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET

He’s so close to the Dancing with the Stars finale, and looking back on the season, William Levy had no idea he’d come so far in the competition.

“I’m surprised I can dance so well,” he told PEOPLE backstage after he and partner Cheryl Burke scored a 59 out of 60 for two combined performances on Monday night.

But Levy’s unassuming ways aren’t applied strictly to the ballroom.

“Being born in Cuba and being raised in that kind of country and that kind of life, you never expect anything from life,” he says. “You just go out there and give your best shot, and whatever happens, happens. I never thought about any of this.”

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