Elisabetta Canalis doesn’t exactly plan to continue dancing after being the second contestant booted from “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday night. Instead, the Italian model/TV host best known for dating George Clooney plans to resume another hobby she’s more adept at.
“Right now, I’m going back to horseback riding,” she said, laughing and smiling to reporters just moments after getting the axe. Whether that will be horseback riding in California or back to her homeland is undecided. “I don’t know, really,” she said of her plans. “If ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will bring me new opportunities, I’ll be happy.”
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Here’s what else Elisabetta had to say after her elimination…
How do you feel?
Elisabetta Canalis: I’m sad, of course, because for me, it was a good experience. I’m having fun. It was a good opportunity. I really cared about this competition, but it’s a competition so somebody has to go home and tonight we went home.
Why do you think you went home?
Val Chmerkovskiy: You want the politically correct take? No, the truth is I feel like yesterday the judges kind of dropped the ball on the marks. We did show improvement and I was really happy with our result. But then they gave that result to five other couples and that killed it. There was not enough space between us, you know, when it comes down to David Arquette and Chaz Bono, as much as Elisabetta was amazing, the press that they get and the popularity and fan base that they have in America, we can’t complete with that.
Elisabetta: Yes, yes.
Would you want to come back next season, Val, and redeem yourself?
Val: I love the experience, but I am very open to many new doors that will open for me and I’m excited about everything. I want to work, I want to stay busy.
What was the hardest part for you?
Elisabetta: The rhythm of the rehearsals, the adrenaline of the competition…
What have you learned most about yourself?
Elisabetta: That I have to be more diplomatic sometimes, especially when I’m learning.
Val to Elisabetta: Do you think George Clooney voted?
Elisabetta: I don’t know … [laughs] No, I don’t know, I think, I don’t think anything [laughs].