"Think of spending time with that for like eight to 10 hours a day, seven days a week for three months.""It made me want to slit my wrists," Burke said. I was like is there any way to please to just eliminate us? We can't do that and I swear, every time I asked, we just kept going.
We would last till the end." franchise is in love with him, after all.
And it is a tough slog, all that practicing every day, the pressure to not disappoint your partner (or not screw up on live TV), the disappointment if the voting public is so obviously not in your corner, the discomfort you might feel if fellow stars are annoyed from the start that you're on the show...the day after his elimination, "That no matter how hard I get knocked down I can still get up and keep fighting—and just keep moving and staying positive...I was at the lowest point of my life, but I'm here, I lasted till week eight."As Lochte himself noted, his journey was aided by being paired with pro favorite Cheryl Burke, who was returning to the ballroom after three seasons away.And just last season Ryan Lochte, whose appearance could have been a disaster, ended up at least getting a chance to show he wasn't entirely the d-bag his behavior in Rio had made him out to be.He's expecting a baby now with his fiancée and, with Final Five gymnast Laurie Hernandez winning the mirror ball in November and all-around gold medal winner Simone Biles coming in to compete this season, the better memories from the 2016 Summer Olympics have reasserted themselves."She's very patient—which, thank god for that because I keep stepping on my own toes—and is able to communicate in a way that I understand and to show me. She could tell me left right left right right, but until I see her implement what she's telling me about, I don't get it, but once she does I am able to grasp onto it and you know, ultimately I'd like to gain mastery of it and make it look easy and I'm not there yet, that's for sure.""You know, I take home a great friendship with Ian, and in my eyes, Ian is a winner just like Drew and Emmitt were, and Ian I'm so proud of you," Burke said on the show after they were eliminated."It's been an honor."The consummate pro, that Cheryl.And Erin Andrews, who competed on season 10, made such a strong impression that the Fox Sports sideline reporter was tapped to replace Burke-Charvet in season 18.Bristol Palinwas one of the more controversial contestants the show has had over the years, and she ended up finishing third—proving she had plenty of support from folks around the country.Usually the show only burnishes an already established reputation, or makes viewers fall in love (or at least care enough to text a few votes in). (Actually, we got exactly what we expected from Gary Busey.)Well, now we know: Steve-O wasn't much of a dancer, but his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, admiringly called the star a "workhorse" who was taking the process super-seriously.And then you have the wild cards, which is most of the field when the season begins. Kardashian became a fan favorite and was the runner-up of his season.