Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino packed-up his six-pack, dancing shoes and exited the ballroom Tuesday night as he and professional partner Karina Smirnoff became the latest casualties of "Dancing With the Stars."
"I really did think I did my best. That's why when it was elimination day I said to myself, if I get eliminated, I'm going to hold my head high and know I that I tried my best and put it all out there on the floor," Sorrentino, 27, said on "Good Morning America."
Despite Sorrentino's attempt to turn up the heat, revealing his trademark washboard abs during the pair's Argentine Tango, the routine was slammed by the judges and left him at the bottom of the heap.
"That was a terrible mess. It was like watching somebody putting together a puzzle and it never quite made sense," judge Bruno Tonioli said.
Sorrentino was so upset by the critique that he reportedly stormed off the set Monday night.
"I think [the judges] were trying to make a statement," he said today on "GMA." "It's almost like the first day of class when you see the most popular kid in class and want to make an example of him."
On "GMA," Sorrentino said he thought the tricky and "dangerous" lifts in the routine would be enough to impress the judges.
"The lifts were extremely difficult, I thought," he said. "I remember me and Karina were practicing and we said to each other, 'If we get this one lift off, the first one, we should just stand and bow.'"
Sorrentino came to "DWTS" immediately after taping "Jersey Shore," the MTV reality TV show that catapulted him into the spotlight. Though his tight schedule left him only five days to practice before the first dance, he said he's not overextended.
"Before the first dance, I definitely only had about three or four days only because I was shooting another show. Not because I was sleeping or partying," he said.
His partner Karina Smirnoff, who's in her eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars," called "The Situation" her best partner ever.
"Every rehearsal was fun. We laughed, he made me laugh all the time. We joked around," she said. "He didn't hit on me. He was respectful more or less. It was a lot of fun."
"Our rehearsals were very flirty, very fun, but at the same time I didn't cross that line," he said.
Though he was consistently at the bottom of the leader board, Sorrentino said he set out to do what he wanted to accomplish: showing America a more thoughtful side of "The Situation."
"I really wanted to show America a different side to me. That side that's a hardworking kid, a young adult that's really put his all in," he said. "In 'Jersey Shore' you really just see a keyhole of the person who I really am. So I really set out to do something that I believed I accomplished."