Wynonna and Tony Dovolani
04/02/2013 at 03:00 PM EDT
Backstage after Monday's Dancing with the Stars
, Wynonna told PEOPLE
that she's been on an especially "emotional ride."
Then came Tuesday's elimination, after the singer ended Monday's prom-themed night in last place with only 15 points for her samba with partner Tony Dovolani.
And though D.L. Hughley and partner Cheryl Burke
were only one point ahead with their salsa to James Brown's "Sex Machine," Wynonna and Tony are heading home.
"I've made a life time friend out of Tony," the country music icon said after hearing the difficult news. "This is the hardest job I've ever loved. I'm a singer, not a dancer. I did the best I could. I can't wait to get back to making my record and I love my country music fans more than ever."
and Gleb Savchenko
and Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess were also in the bottom three.
returns Monday (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.