Elisabetta Canalis: I Thought I Was Safe On ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Elisabetta Canalis exited Dancing with the Stars on Monday, though it’s obviously not what she was expecting.

On a Tuesday night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Canalis confessed, “I thought I was safe, because it was seven and seven and seven.” That was a reference to the 21 out of 30 awarded to her and professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy by the judges for their quickstep. It was the third highest score awarded that evening.

She didn’t account for the public however, whose scores are combined with those of the judges to decide who is eliminated.

Canalis even admitted she didn’t vote for herself, though that wasn’t due to reckless confidence, said the model:

“You want to know the truth? I was in a restaurant and my phone didn’t have battery, so I couldn’t call. So my friends were calling, but it was not enough. Don’t kill me, okay? It’s my fault because I didn’t vote the 12 times I had to.”

The Italian model and former girlfriend of George Clooney also assured Kimmel she got on well with Chmerkovskiy, despite the perception their relationship was frosty. For his part, Chmerkovskiy blames some selective DWTS editing:

“We kept it real. We kept it real from the beginning. I think it’s part of the process – the argument, the laughter – there was a lot of laughter that they didn’t show, but anybody who’s smiling on camera and says everything’s peachy is just lying.”

In other DWTS news, Canalis said she had anticipated the wardrobe malfunction of fellow contestant Nancy Grace. “I thought that was going to happen,” she told Kimmel. “I knew that she had to do [a dip].”

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