updated 10/10/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/10/2012 AT 7:30 AM ET
Tuesday night’s double-elimination on Dancing with the Stars produced sighs of relief from saved bottom scorers Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – but eliminated pair Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya were left with feelings of angst.
“Oh, my gosh, I was so robbed!” Trebunskaya, 31, told reporters backstage after she and Lachey, 36, learned their fate. “Are you kidding me? I have an amazing partner. We had so much fun together. I feel robbed of having the fun of working with this person.”
Lachey supported his partner’s sentiments.
“I feel disappointed that it came to an end,” he said. “There are fantastic dancers on the show. Everyone knows it and everyone sees it every week. [But] do I think we’re going home too early? Absolutely. I don’t think there’s anybody in this ballroom who would disagree with that.”
Lachey, who admits he takes his dismissal “personally,” was let down when the previous night that started out strong turned into one of the lower-scoring performances of the evening.
“When we first got our scores, we were like, ‘Yes! That’s great,’ ” he says. “And then we saw how the scores kept getting higher and higher and higher and higher, and we were like, ‘Really? We’re second to the bottom?’ ”
Continues the 98 Degrees singer, “I take pride in what I do, and to me, it’s kind of ironic that the two Broadway performers – me and Joey [Fatone] – are gone already. It’s a little odd to me. But that’s part of the unpredictability of the show. It sucks. It really sucks.”