updated 04/19/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/19/2011 AT 9:05 AM ET
Kendra Wilkinson and partner Louis van Amstel had the honor of performing Dancing with the Stars’ 1,000th competitive dance, a “Yankee Doodle”-themed foxtrot, on Monday night’s show. But the milestone the reality star was equally proud of was hitting the ballroom floor with a sense of confidence for the first time.
“Finally, I got a dance that I was into! It was fun. It was happy and it was a celebration of my confidence,” a beaming Wilkinson told PEOPLE minutes after the show. “My confidence went from night and day from last week to tonight. I’m so happy.”