USMagazine, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:30am (PDT)
Don't cry, Wynonna! Dancing With the Stars voted off the first couple of Season 16 on Tuesday, April 2, and, much to her dismay, Wyonna Judd and her partner Tony Dovolani were the ones sent packing.
After the show, the 48-year-old country singer broke down in tears to reporters while sharing what she would miss most about competing on the ABC reality dance show. "It's a bittersweet thing. I have so much to be grateful for," she told Us Weekly. "I don't want to go home, but I know that it's time for me to be doing something else. I've been doing this for thirty years and I know that 'no' today means a better 'yes' tomorrow. I don't know what that is yet, but I'll show up!"
Last week, Dorothy Hamill voluntarily left the show due to a spinal injury, making Judd and Dovolani, who won last season's All Stars competition with Melissa Rycroft, the first couple to be voted off.
"I'm so grateful to have met someone like Wynonna. We got to know each other so well. We never had a tiff, we laughed the whole time. I got to go to Nashville, I felt like part of the family there," Dovolani, 39, explained. "Her husband [Cactus Moser] is such an inspiration to me because I took him golfing on one leg, we went horseback riding together and now he's got his new prosthetic leg. So there were so many triumphs that I was a part of, so to me this is not a failure." (Moser, 55, lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident just two months after the couple tied the knot.)
When asked if she had any regrets about her DWTS experience, Judd burst into tears. "I wanted to continue to be the best student for Tony's sake," she explained. "I almost feel worse for him than I do for myself, that's just the way I feel."
"You shouldn't feel that way!" Dovolani said. "She never quit, she showed up every day with a bright smile on her face and a shake for me! So that's the part that I can't thank you enough for. I've had many different partners, but no one has a heart like Wynonna. I admire this woman so much."
Though Judd admitted that being on the show was a lot of hard work, she mused, "I will actually miss pushing through the pain no matter what," the Grammy-winning singer said. "As much as I complained and felt tired and stiff, at the end of the day, I said 'I did it!'"