Peta Murgatroyd on Her and Brant's DWTS Elimination: "It Was Shocking"
Peta Murgatroyd and Brant Daugherty | Photo Credits: Adam Taylor/ABC
Peta Murgatroyd won't be taking home the Mirrorball trophy this year.
The Dancing with the Stars pro and her partner, Pretty Little Liars star Brant Daugherty, were eliminated from the show Monday night, after eight weeks in the competition. TVGuide.com caught up with Murgatroyd on Tuesday to discuss their shocking dismissal, and get her thoughts on how Cher did as a guest judge.
You and Brant have had pretty consistently high scores for the most part this season. Were you surprised to be sent home last night?
Peta Murgatroyd: Yeah, it sucks. I definitely think we were a little bit surprised with the elimination. I mean, we're never thinking we're definitely safe every week, but because Brant has been doing so well — we've been getting constant 9s and some 10s — it was kind of shocking to us. But it could be anybody because this season is just so, so tough. Everyone is just so talented, so you just don't know.
Your rehearsal time was cut short this week because Brant had to be back on set for Pretty Little Liars. Do you think that had an impact on your performances last night?
Murgatroyd: I really don't think it did. We lost a day, but we made up for it with extra hours on some other days. I just think it was that people didn't think that we needed the votes. Maybe they thought, 'Okay, they've got enough people voting. We'll vote for somebody else to stay in.' It really comes down to the viewers at home who are voting. They keep you on the show. The scores, it's 50/50, but in the end it's the viewers.
You guys lost the dance-off to Leah and Tony. How did you feel about your routine?
Murgatroyd: The dance-off couldn't have gone any better for us. Brant did an amazing job. I mean, we whipped together three routines in two days. So he had so much choreography to remember this week, like everybody else did as well. I was super proud of him for doing it. Leah and Tony won, but that's just how it rolls. It happens.
Did you feel an added sense of pressure dancing in front of Cher?
Murgatroyd: Yeah, I think there was a little bit more pressure, definitely. She's an icon. She's a pop diva. She's amazing. So we were all pretty nervous to be judged by her. But she seemed pretty unanimous across the board with just being generally beautiful and nice to every single couple. Actually, after we got our scores and they cut to an ad break, we went over to the judges' table to speak to all the judges as we usually do, just to get more feedback from them. And Cher was just like, "You guys have amazing smiles, amazing chemistry." She was just all praise. So I was thrilled with that. Brant was happy with our performance, so I'm super proud.
It's been kind of a running joke that Brant and Jack Osbourne have a rivalry going on this season. At the end of the night, it came down to you and Brant vs. Jack and Cheryl. Did Jack say anything to you afterwards?
Murgatroyd: We're all such good friends and we love Jack and Cheryl so much. So, everyone was sad. Everyone was kind of joining with us. It wasn't a happy time. We didn't want to leave. We felt it was too early. We hadn't shown America what we can absolutely do. But Jack was super cool, as always.