EXCLUSIVE: Laurie Hernandez on 'DWTS' Shocker and the Advice She Gave Simone Biles

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Laurie Hernandez knows what it takes to win big in the ballroom.
ET's Katie Krause caught up with the 16-year-old gymnast -- and Dancing With the Stars champ -- at WE Day in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she opened up about this week's shocking DWTS elimination -- and what her pal, Simone Biles, needs to do to nab that mirror ball trophy. 
"I think [the season so far is] amazing. Heather [Morris] got voted off, which is interesting. She's absolutely incredible," Hernandez shared. "But at the same time, everybody's got to work as hard as they possibly can, because it's all about that, and it's also about the votes."
"I'm not really sure [what happened], honestly. It usually goes by votes, but at the same time, I wish everybody could stay on," she added. "There's such amazing dancers, and everyone works so hard."
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Hernandez's Olympic teammate, Biles, is still in the competition, perhaps due to a very important piece of advice.
"I told her to wear socks with her heels, so that way she doesn't get blisters on her feet," the brunette beauty revealed. "My partner [Val Chmerkovskiy] showed me that one."
As for what's next for Hernandez, she said she's enjoying some time off before she begins training for the 2020 Olympics.
"I'm not training right now. I'm actually taking a little break, just because this past year has been a little bit of a whirlwind," she confessed. "But I will be coming back in a few months."
ET spoke with Hernandez in December, where she opened up more about life after winning DWTS. See what she had to say in the video below.