“I have no regrets,” Perry told ABC News after he was dismissed from the dance floor. “Man, I walked into this not knowing how to dance. This has been a great experience for me, and one that I will not ever forget.”
Another “Dancing” experience he will never forget is his unlikely bromance with fellow Texan Vanilla Ice.
“I didn’t even know who Vanilla Ice was when we looked at the list of folks who were going to be dancers,” the former Texas governor told “Good Morning America” today of his rapper/renovator competitor.
“He was kind of one that jumped out at me as probably having the least amount of comparison, if you will, as far as life experiences, but what I found out is that we had a lot of life experiences alike,” he added. “And we ended up making a friendship that will now last the rest of my lifetime.”
The dynamic Texas duo even got the same exact score during the face-off round, leading to a tie-breaker which ultimately resulted in Perry’s elimination. And even though Vanilla Ice is continuing on with the show, they plan “to see each other” as soon as he “gets a break” from the competition.
“As a matter of fact, he texted a couple times as we were driving out of town to get to the airport, and anyway, he’s just a really good guy and I’m proud to call him a friend now,” Perry, 66, said of Vanilla Ice.
Slater said Perry “has been amazing” throughout their time on “DWTS” and she’s “really glad” they were paired together.
“To be honest, I wasn’t prepared for how funny he was going to be in rehearsal,” she explained. “He had me cracking up from start to finish, but he never stopped trying. He was really dedicated. I’m so proud of what he achieved because he suffered a lot from nerves and each night I could tell he wasn’t 100 percent sure he was going to pull it off and he did every single time, so I’m really proud of him.”
Perry added the competition was “an extraordinary experience.”
“I said many times over the course of the last 12 hours what a fabulous group of people I got to work with,” he said.
The first ever "Cirque du Soleil" night on “Dancing With the Stars" airs next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.