October 19, 2011 9:20am PT by Michael O'Connell
Carson Kressley: 'Used to Being an Outsider' Before 'Dancing With the Stars'
A theme that punctuated much of Carson Kressley's time on Dancing With the Stars was his discovery of an unfamiliar feeling of acceptance.
The 41-year-old stylist and TV host, who was eliminated Tuesday, made many references to the feeling that he was always last pick -- something that helped him forge a special bond with Chaz Bono.
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"I think we have a lot in common," says Kressley. "We're both kind of used to being an outsider and not really feeling great about ourselves. That was what was so gratifying about this entire experience."
And even more than Bono, Kressley said backstage that he's found a friend for life in Kym Johnson.
"I love Kym Johnson, we'd probably be best friends," Kressley says of David Arquette's professional partner. Other than his own partner, Anna Trebunskaya, he says he spent the most time with her during the show. "She's my Australian twin. I think we might have been separated at birth."
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Not that he would ever undercut the relationship with his own partner. "It's like we share one sequined brain," he says. "I was dancing every dance for her. We have a really special bond. She's probably going to name her first baby after me."
So what's next for Kressley, aside from eventually being the namesake for a tiny Russian dancer? "I have a new clothing collection that comes out on Shop NBC this winter," he says, "so I'll go back to my real life of designing, doing makeovers, working with Oprah... just being me."