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Maria Menounos on "DWTS" Elimination: "We Never Took It for Granted"

It came as a surprise to most when Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday night, despite landing at the top of the leaderboard. “Extra’s” Renee Bargh caught up with the pair backstage just after the shocking news.

“It was by one point,” Maria said when asked if they were surprised to go from first to home. “It was such a tight race. We never took that for granted and never thought, 'Oh my god, we are going to make it because we're in first place.'”

Bargh marveled at how Maria held it together when she received the news, which led Derek to reveal the secret as to how he prepped his partner for elimination before the show.

Watch below to hear Derek's secret, find out what Maria said she will miss the most about her DWTS experience, and see which competitor was shocked by her departure!!

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