Ally Brooke (‘Dancing with the Stars’) on her perfect score, landing in the bottom 2, and how the show has changed her [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO INTERVIEW]

“Getting those 10s felt like a milestone,” says Ally Brooke about receiving the first perfect score of the season on “Dancing with the Stars.” She got 10s across the board from Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioi for her paso doble during “Dance-Off Week” for a total of 30 out of 30. “I’m telling you, that was one of the best feelings in the world because I felt so powerful and so in charge while I danced, and just to see that being reflected in the judges’ comments but also in the scores, it was unbelievable.” Listen to our exclusive audio interview with Brooke above.

But it was a bittersweet night for Brooke because despite her perfect performance, she landed in the bottom two for the second time this season after the judges’ scores were combined with viewer votes. “I came off such a high, such a pivotal moment for me, such an important moment. To go from that to being in the bottom two was so scary and surprising,” Brooke recalls. “I think maybe people think that because I got those 10s that I was safe and they didn’t really need to vote as much, but every vote does count.”

Brooke was ultimately saved by the judges, who eliminated Kate Flannery instead, though they didn’t think either celeb deserved to be eliminated that night. Brooke was “so thankful” for the judges’ decision because it meant “another chance at this incredible show to live my dreams out on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ It meant the world. And now I’m just going to work even harder to put even more of my best out there on the floor.”

Though Brooke is an experienced performer as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony and now as a solo artist, she was “shy,” “nervous” and “insecure” about her dancing when she joined the “DWTS” cast, “but now I’m so much more confident than I’ve ever been in myself … Just knowing that I’m capable of so much more than I even thought, that’s the greatest gift. You cannot put a price on that. You can’t even really put a Mirror Ball on that.”

The “DWTS” experience has been a reward in and of itself. But don’t get her wrong, she does want to win the Mirror Ball Trophy “more than anything,” so to her fans she says, “Please everyone, vote, vote, vote!”

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