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It may have been Disney Night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, but the dance floor was far from the happiest place on Earth for Erika Jayne. After a magical, Disney-themed opening dance number with the entire cast, things got emotional for Erika throughout the evening.
Erika opened up about the toll the competition had taken on her prior to her performance. "I've just never really felt that disconnected from the audience. I've never really felt this way ever," she shared. "I think I should be performing better than I am. I think I'm capable of that. Maybe I'm just holding back."
There was even one moment during rehearsals where Erika broke down into tears and was consoled by her professional partner, Gleb Savchenko. "I've never felt like this before. I've never, ever, ever questioned myself so deeply before," she told her dance partner. "And I don't understand. It shouldn't be this way."
But Erika channeled that emotion into a romantic and passionate Viennese waltz to Sia's cover of "Unforgettable" featured in the movie Finding Dory. "This is one of my favorite songs, and one of my husband's favorite songs," Erika gushed during rehearsals. "And I remember driving late night listening to this and him singing it to me. A little off-key, but it was still great."
Erika's performance was unforgettable, too. She looked like a sea goddess as she glided across the stage in a gorgeous and glittering gown. Erika even received a standing ovation from the audience.
Erika looked like the queen of the sea on DWTS. Photo: abc.go.com
Erika and Gleb have never looked lovelier dancing together than during Monday night's episode. Photo: abc.go.com
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills songstress received raves for showing her vulnerability from the judges, too. Even Erika's harshest critic, Len Goodman, had nothing but kind words for her. "I've said it many times, you are a lovely dancer, and it just hadn't come out. Tonight it did," he said. "I loved the routine. It had a lovely mix, in hold and out hold, beautiful flowing movement, lovely arms. It was terrific. Well done."
Erika's performance ended with some epic confetti. Photo: abc.go.com
Erika's performance gave us all kinds of feels. Photo: abc.go.com
As Erika waited for the judges' scores, she explained to co-host Erin Andrews the source of her breakthrough this week. "I had to. I had no choice," she said. "I was broken down and just had to pull it out."
And it paid off. Erika received her highest score yet from the judges, 32 out of 40 points. Unfortunately, that still wasn't enough to keep her in the competition. Erika landed in the bottom two with The Bachelor's Nick Viall, and she was ultimately sent home. "It was incredible," an emotional Erika said of the night after her elimination. "I did have a breakthrough. I've had a wonderful time. Thank you all so much."
But Erika posted something very interesting on Instagram Monday night around the time DWTS was on the air: a clip of her music video for her single "How Many F***s?" It looks like Erika isn't letting this elimination bring her down.
She also thanked Gleb for his support and received love from the DWTS family and other famous fans upon her elimination.
Watch Erika dish on her "intense" DWTS rehearsals, below.
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