Even though Wynonna Judd was the first contestant to be voted off season 16 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” the country music legend said she now felt “more alive.”
“I definitely feel more alive than I have in a long time,” Judd said today on “Good Morning America.” “It’s given me more pep in my step and more of an attitude of facing my fear.”
“I’ve been through a lot this year. And I did what I did on the show and faced my fears, met some friends for life and I did the best I could,” she continued.
The singer said she took a risk by joining the season 16 cast but has no regrets. Dancing has helped her shape up physically, she said, and will aid in her husband’s recovery from his recent prosthetic surgery.
“My husband just got his prosthetic three days ago, and we’ve decided we’re going to start walking. It’s changed my lifestyle. I didn’t know there were two 5 o’clocks, by the way,” she told “Good Morning America.”
Judd struggled on the dance floor in the first three weeks of competition this season and wound up in the bottom two with comedian Andy Dick after Monday’s prom night-themed performances. Judges gave her just 15 out of a possible 30 points for her samba, which they said was sedate and lacking in dance quality.
Judd lauded professional partner Tony Dovolani, whom she calls a lifetime friend.
“Tony has been so amazing to me and taught me some things I needed to learn. And I go away with this thinking about all the good times we’ve had,” she said. “The last six seasons they have asked me to do this show, and I said, ‘Heck no. I’m a singer not a dancer. But this year I said, ‘I’m going take a risk, and if Tony is available, I want to dance with him because I love his spirit.’”
Now, Judd plans to focus on her music.
“It’s back to making a record, getting on with my country music fans. Country music is my life, and I’ve missed it,” she said.
Elimination is decided by a combination of viewers’ votes and judges’ scores. When those two numbers were combined, Judd had the lowest overall total.
There were no eliminations during last week’s results show because figure skater Dorothy Hamill withdrew with a back injury, sparing that night’s lowest scorer.
Tuesday’s show featured live performances by Huey Lewis and the News and Demi Lovato – and a surprise dance cameo from Bruno Tonioli, one of the program’s three judges. Tonioli appeared as a background dancer as he channeled one of The Village People in reality star Sean Lowe’s encore dance.
Show host Tom Bergeron also announced that the viewer-selected Prom King and Queen for Monday night were NFL player Jacoby Jones and Disney star Zendaya. They each received two bonus points on top of their scores.
Returning next week to perform are Dick, Jones, Zendaya, Lowe, country music singer Kellie Pickler, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, boxer Victor Ortiz, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, actor Ingo Rademacher and comedian D.L. Hughley.