Kel Mitchell says finishing in second on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is ‘still a win’

Kel Mitchell was thisclose to winning “Dancing with the Stars,” but he says there’s no disappointment in coming in second place.

“It’s still a win. It’s all good,” the “All That” alum told “Entertainment Tonight” (watch below). “We had a blast. It was super fun. It was an awesome journey, so no sad faces.”

Mitchell and Witney Carson, who were in the bottom two once this season in Week 3, were edged out by Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten, the only pair who was never in the bottom two. They earned a perfect 30 for their repeat of their “High School Musical”-inspired jazz number, but Len Goodman dinged them a point for their infectious hip-hop freestyle being too similar to their jazz (uh, shouldn’t you judge each routine on its own?).

Mitchell and Carson’s 59 was the second highest score of the night, behind Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber‘s perfect 60. Brown and Bersten got a 58, and Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko, a 57. So it really came down to the votes.

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“Of course I wanted to win. I wanted us to get that win, but it’s OK,” Mitchell continued. “I feel like it’s a win for us.”

Carson added that she’s “always surprised” by the show, so the final results — Brooke and Farber came in third, and Alaina and Savchenko in fourth — were hardly a curveball. “I don’t really expect anything, so I don’t think I was surprised. It was just kind of how it [played] out,” she said. “The voters knew what they wanted.”

Spoken like someone who lost to Bobby Bones.

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