Aaron Carter 'a Little Shocked' to be Voted Off 'Dancing With the Stars'

Pop star told "GMA" he was proud of his performance on "Dancing With the Stars."

ByABC News via logo
October 13, 2009, 2:18 PM

Nov. 11, 2009— -- Pop star Aaron Carter said he was "a little shocked" to be voted off "Dancing With the Stars" last night.

Despite earning high scores from the judges, Carter and partner Karina Smirnoff were eliminated in week eight of the competition.

"I'm very proud of myself," Carter said on "Good Morning America" today. "It's been a great experience. I've learned so many different things throughout the competition. ... Now I can actually brag that I know all these different kinds of style of dance."

Judge Len Goodman had a message for Carter after his elimination.

"I think you're an inspiration to all young people that anything is possible," Goodman said. "If you were my son, I would be so proud of you, but more importantly, you be proud of yourself because you've been great."

Carter had his emotional highs and lows during the season, and Smirnoff said she admired how real he was throughout.

"It's just so refreshing to see real emotions on TV," she said. "Aaron was real from the get-go. ... When you get bad scores, it's normal to be sad, because you put in the hard work."

The flu has been making the rounds in the ballroom this season, and both Carter and Smirnoff were sick last week.

"We were both actually battling the flu," Smirnoff said. "We still had fun [in rehearsals], even though we were wearing masks."

This week on "Dancing With the Stars," Carter and Smirnoff danced the Foxtrot and the Samba.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Carter was "truly a great performer."

Leading the way in week eight were Mya and partner Dmitri Chaplin. The two other stars who remain in the competition are Donny Osmond, Joanna Krupa and Kelly Osbourne.