As hard as it was to accept, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi tried to look on the bright side after her surprising elimination Monday from Dancing with the Stars.
"I'm happy and I'm grateful," she told PEOPLE backstage. "The show showed a different side of me, the mother side of me. And this whole experience has been so amazing. Everybody on the show is so amazing. I love them."
But the disappointment was evident, as she began to get choked up.
"I'm really sad to say goodbye to everybody," the Jersey Shore star, 25, admitted. "I just wasn't ready to go yet."
No one was more stunned than Cher when she recently found out Dancing with the Stars will pay tribute to her decades-long music career on the Nov. 4 show.
"It's always strange when people do something like this. You're not thinking about those kinds of things," she tells PEOPLE. "It just always takes me by surprise. It just does."
Cher will sing her hit "Believe" and her new song "Closer To The Truth" on the show, as well as serve as a guest judge, but won't be dancing because of a foot injury she sustained years ago. "I am waiting to have an operation," she says. "The doctor got a little crankier and said I have to do it."
Even if she could dance today, you won't find Cher dancing on DWTS as a contestant. "Aren't I old enough now not to be a contestant anymore?" the singer, 67, says. "Haven't I got past the contestant part?"
Jack Osbourne has been inspiring Dancing with the Stars viewers each week.
Osbourne competes wholeheartedly despite his struggle with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), a disease that can affect the faculties needed for dancing, including balance and coordination.
Luckily, he says that aside from feeling tired, he has not had to confront the more acute symptoms of the disease while performing on DWTS.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a mom, author, entrepreneur and star of MTV's Jersey Shore and Snooki & JWoww. She's blogging for PEOPLE.com as she competes on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with new pro Sasha Farber.
Hello, dancers! Welcome to week seven of Dancing with the Stars!
This week we all had to learn two dances, our solo and our group numbers. My partner Sasha and I are dancing the samba and it's all about moving the hips and pointing your toes.
It was a little rough for us because we flew back to Jersey on the redeye right after the show on Monday. I had to do a lot of press for my show Snooki & JWOWW this week and we rehearsed from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night. By the time it was time to dance, my body was dead.
Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor will blog for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.
It's time to put their teamwork to the test!
The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.
Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.
Corbin Bleu is a former High School Musical star who is competing on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff. The Disney alum will blog for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC's hit show.
This week, we are focusing on making sure all of the elements of traditional cha-cha are in the dance.
We're also focusing on the technique, my form and giving the judges no room to dock our points for lifts or for not having all of the pieces of the cha-cha in the dance.
Besides how well we execute it, I want to make sure the emotion is there and that my form and technique are on and I don't mess up any parts of the dance.
Having had a taste of getting a 10 in the previous week, we want to try to switch up our game this week and really retrieve ourselves from last week.
Do they have a feeling they're not in New Jersey anymore?
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, who is a current contestant on Dancing with the Stars, took a break from rehearsing with partner Sasha Farber, to celebrate Halloween with her fiancé Jionni LaValle, and their son Lorenzo, 14 months.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis continues to make progress, almost six months after being fitted for a prosthetic leg.
The Arthur Murray Studio dance instructor, 33, who was featured in a segment on last season's Dancing with the Stars, lost a limb during the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and has documented her recovery on camera on Anderson Cooper 360.
Six weeks after the tragedy, she cried as she held on to her replacement leg.