A: No - I am still not, which is probably strange for an Asian person. We are stereotypically very competitive. But I am not, but I will go the extra mile to get extra credit.
Q: Did you have any expectations how far you'd get?
A: I got a lot farther than I thought!
Q: Do you think doing a gay pride dance may not have helped engender a lot of votes for you in Middle America?
A: I have been so heartbroken about the recent gay teen suicides that I had to do something. It is one moment that you have with the world, and I wanted to celebrate gay pride and call an end to the tragedies. We can never heal from it - but we can prevent if from ever happening again.
Q: You seemed to be really enjoying yourself dancing. Did you ever think you could even be a dancer?
A: No! But I love it! And I want to continue dancing. And I am a good dancer!
Q: The judges were tough on you. Do you think they had higher expectations for you than other contestants?
A: Yes, because they could see that I was a good dancer and so they wanted to see more of it. My choreographies were harder - which I appreciated - and I could do them - which was incredible!
Q: If you weren't on tour, do you think you could have done a better job from a technical standpoint since you would have had more time to rehearse?
A: No, because the fact that we were on tour was an odd blessing because my partner [Louis van Amstel] and I were living together which was an advantage that the other dancers didn't have. We were dancing constantly - so I don't think that we had less time than other people. However, I was exhausted from the constant motion!
Q: Of the other contestants, who has surprised you the most in terms of
preconceived notions vs. actual personality?
A: I would say Bristol [Palin] - just because I had many preconceived notions about what she would be like and she turned out to be the nicest and most supportive!
Q: Who do you think is going to contend to win the mirror ball?
A: I think it really is between Jennifer Grey and Rick Fox! But it also could be Brandy or Kyle [Massey]. They're all incredible dancers.
Q: You do make funny faces while dancing. Is there anything you can do about that in reality?
A: That is the magic of my face and I don't wish to ever change that!
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