Pro wrestler Chris Jericho, the latest celebrity to be voted off ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," said he was "sad" to leave the competition, but eager to resume his primary role as dad.
"I'm really looking forward to becoming a dad again and taking care of my family because they had to kind of step aside while I did all of these crazy moves like the paso doble," Jericho said on "Good Morning America" today. Jericho, who has a 7-year-old son and twin girls with wife Jessica Lee Lockhar, added he hadn't seen his kids in four weeks.
The champion wrestler didn't add the coveted mirrorball trophy to his collection, but said he didn't leave the competition empty-handed.
"I've stolen all of those costumes and I have them all in my closet so I will wear them at various times," he joked on "GMA."
Jericho and his professional partner Cheryl Burke's tango on Monday's show to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" scored a mere 22 points out of a possible 30, placing the WWE star at the bottom of the leader board. Judge Bruno Tonioli smacked down the wrestler with his critique, saying he "turned into a lump of granite" during the performance.
"At this stage of the competition, it's such an even playing field that if you're not at your absolute best every night, you're going to be where we are right now," Jericho said. "I've made a career off of low expectations and I think I did kind of impress the judges."
Week to week, the six-time WWE world champion placed all over the leader board, but pleasantly surprised judge Len Goodman with his "finesse and elegance."
"Chris has done a great job proving to people that he can be graceful on the dance floor," Burke said on "GMA."
Despite getting the axe, Jericho was in good spirits, joking that his elimination came at the perfect time for him to join in on the royal wedding festivities.
"I'm just so excited about the royal wedding. I don't think I can concentrate...I've got to get on a Concorde, I've got to go over there, I've got a bachelor party for Prince William," he joked.
This week was "Guilty Pleasure" night on the show where stars danced to their favorite "guilty pleasure" songs, which ran the gamut from Jericho's choice of Journey to Kirstie Alley's pick of Britney Spears to Romeo's "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dionne.
Romeo and partner Chelsie Hightower nabbed the first 10 of the season from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for their waltz, followed by "Dancing" couple Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas for their quick step to "Walking on Sunshine."
Ralph Macchio's professional partner Karina Smirnoff fell during their paso doble to "Everybody Dance Now," tripping on Macchio's costume. Despite the mishap, judges praised the pair for their recovery after the fall, awarding them 24 out of 30.
Only six couples remain in the heated competition. "Dancing With the Stars" airs Monday night on ABC.