updated 05/16/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/16/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
Coming in first place with 59 points out of 60 after two performances on Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars clearly didn’t make Derek Hough and Maria Menounos a shoo-in for next week’s finals – and no one saw Tuesday’s elimination coming better than Hough, himself.
“Derek told me, ‘Babe, I think we’re getting eliminated tonight,’ ” Menounos, 33, told PEOPLE backstage after she was dismissed from the show. “And I said, ‘Really? You think so? I don’t think so.’ And he [insisted we were], so I said, ‘All right, cool, I’m going to prepare.’ ”
But there were no tears shed when the dancing duo received word that Hough’s prediction was spot-on.