Disney star Jake T. Austin was the first celebrity to be voted off Dancing With the Stars this season, and the actor reacted to his elimination following Tuesday’s show.
“I didn’t expect this at all,” Austin told ET’s Cameron Mathison. “Just preparing for the worst, hoping for the best. But this happens and I’m just really lucky that I got this opportunity and I’ll never forget it. Just working with someone like Jenna [Johnson] is unforgettable.”
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Austin and his pro partner, Jenna Johnson, received scores of 22 and 24 out of a total of 40 in the first two weeks, and were consistently near the bottom of the pack.
The 21-year-old former Wizards of Waverly Place and The Fosters star did seem to have a positive outlook on his time on DWTS, taking another moment to praise Johnson.
“By far the best memory was getting to do this, getting to work with Jenna, getting to learn from someone as amazing as her,” Austin said. “I don’t think words can do it justice. She’s on another level and it was just incredible. I can’t wait to see how she continues with her career and everything she has coming for her.”
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Austin revealed his one DWTS regret, saying he wished he “picked slower dances.”
“I think the dances were just so fast. [It was] kinda difficult to start the jive and [perform the] Go Diego Go theme song for the second week, but it is what it is,” he said. “Can’t go back.”
As for Austin’s pick to win season 11? #TeamValaur!
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“Laurie [Hernandez] and Val [Chmerkovskiy] going all the way,” he predicted. “I’ll put my money on it!”
Dancing With the Stars next airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.