updated 11/15/2012 AT 9:05 AM ET
•originally published 11/15/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
But while the Ukrainian-born dancer has made it to the final round of the immensely popular dance show four times in his 13 seasons, his elimination from the all-star competition came with an almost welcome whimper.
“There’s no sting, no sting at all,” Chmerkovskiy, attending the launch event for Kimberly Snyder’s juice bar Glow Bio in West Hollywood, tells PEOPLE about Wednesday’s elimination, which sent him and partner Kirstie Alley home.
“First of all, it was not losing, because Kirstie did amazing, given the fact that we were up against such incredibly talented competition.”