USMagazine, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:18am (PDT)
Gavin DeGraw faced off against Jaleel White in a "dance duel" on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars, and the singer tells Us Weekly he thrived in the high-pressure environment.
"I'll miss the whole pressure element of this show," the singer -- eliminated by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli in a unanimous vote -- explained after his ouster. "I don't necessarily enjoy the pressure all the time but pressure is good."
"I got Karina's phone number finally! It took a while," DeGraw, who continues his concert tour this summer, admitted to Us. "[Dancing With the Stars] was like summer camp: We made a lot of great friends and it was a great experience. You don't have to win a trophy to learn how to dance, so this is about stepping out, learning something new -- it's not about winning or losing all the time."