With only nine couples left and a double elimination scheduled for next Tuesday's episode, the competition is really heating up on Dancing With the Stars. Last night everyone bid farewell to Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and her partner, Alec Mazo. "I am pretty bummed," admitted a visibly distraught Natalie, who earned a respectable 22 points her paso doble. Despite receiving an eight from tough judge Len Goodman, the score wasn't enough to carry them another week. Goodman was also shocked at their elimination, saying he didn't think it was Natalie and Alec's time to go. "Then he should have given us higher scores," Natalie tells In Touch with a laugh.
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Are you bummed this was your last dance?
Natalie: Yeah, I am pretty bummed.
You seem so upset.
Natalie: Oh, Anna was crying last week, at least I'm holding it together. But I can't disassociate.
Alec: We are upset.
Is there anyway to prepare yourself for this show, being such a competitor?
Natalie: It made it harder, but what am I going to do? You can't do anything about it. You really can't prepare for it in anyway, but I'll survive - it's not life or death.
Alec: It's not that dramatic. But Natalie will take something away from it and at the end of the day, it's just a show and you want to have fun here, and while it gets competitive, sometimes you lose sight of that. When we were training, she was working very hard to develop her dancing ability. It's something that will stick with her forever.
What will you take way from the show or learn about yourself?
Natalie: I just enjoyed the entire process and making such good friendships along the way. I enjoyed the training, and it's been wonderful. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I mean I knew I would enjoy it, but I liked the entire process.
What will you miss about each other?
Alec: I enjoyed dancing with her, and we get along really well. I made a good friend and I hope we will get to see each other again. I am from San Francisco, too.
Natalie: We went to school together in the Bay Area.
What did you think of your dance last night after watching it?
Natalie: I liked it. I liked it going into it and still like it. I think that's what makes this so hard is that I really liked it.
Will you dance more now, or take lessons from Alec?
Natalie: I live up north, so I am not sure, but I hope to dance again and hopefully will be able to fit it into my swim training.