After the show, the two talked to winner didn't deserve to go home, but Nastia didn't connect with the TV audience the same way that Rumer or Noah did.Nastia was a favorite of the entire press and crew for her warm disposition and caring nature, but unfortunately that didn't seem to come through on television (something Nastia admitted to me, as you'll see below).has long proved that it's more than just a dance show—it's a personality and a popularity contest.That sentiment was evidenced in last night's results show, as one of this season's best dancers—Nastia Liukin (with partner Derek Hough)—was sent home.It was like the moment we had last night [with Len].It was really the perfect sendoff."The duo said they had no regrets about doing the show under such enormous pressure, with Nastia in college (and currently in the midst of finals), Derek performing at Radio City, and both commuting weekly.
Season 20 Mirrorball Champions: After Nastia and Derek's elimination, the Mirrorball trophy is completely up for grabs, and I hate to say that.
"I don't know," remarked Derek, before joking that he's played this "game" many times. Scheduled to attend: Bruno Tonioli, Erin Andrews, Candace Cameron Bure, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, and executive producer Rob Wade.
"In the past it was like, ' Are you coming back, Derek? Robert & Kym: Speaking of Kym Johnson, Thursday night will be the perfect opportunity to hopefully ask her about the photos that *Us Weekly posted *of her kissing Robert while on vacation in Palm Springs.
Classy, bro, classy.'"Whether Val meant it or not, he went up to Nastia after the package aired to apologize.
"Something I've learned about this experience is that it's a TV show," explained Nastia, "and for 20 years of my life when I competed, there were no producers. I think that's what I was trying to do at the beginning of the season and why I was so into the scores and the placements." She went on to add that Derek helped her realize that "you have to live in the moment.