updated 10/16/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/16/2012 AT 7:10 AM ET
“My goal when I first got Shawn as a partner was to take her from a young girl, sweet and innocent, to a mature woman – sexy,” Hough, 27, told reporters backstage after their performance. “And to get those comments from the judges made me feel great.”
As for Johnson, 20 – who says she “felt good” completing the hot number – she explains to PEOPLE why she kept things conservative on the show up until now.