October 13, 2011 5:50am PT by Lindsay Powers
Chynna Phillips: 'Dancing With the Stars' a 'Popularity Contest'
No matter how hard Chynna Phillips rehearsed, she knew her staying on Dancing With the Stars wouldn't ultimately depend on how great of a dancer she is.
"It really does come down to the votes. And that's kind of sad because it's supposed to be a dance competition, but it's actually a popularity contest, which makes me kind of sad," Phillips told The Huffington Post before getting voted off (along with her partner Tony Dovolani) on Tuesday night.
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"You know, you have to have a little bit of faith that there are people out there who are truly voting for their favorite dance, not their favorite person, because it is a dance competition and people are working really hard," she went on. "It would be very sad if that was undermined, and it looks to me like that keeps getting undermined."
Who will she be casting her votes for each week?
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"J.R. [Martinez] is amazing and Ricki [Lake] looks phenomenal. I mean, I have seen the transformation, and she's not even a quarter of the way through yet! It's scary," she jokes. "But she looks fantastic. I'm so happy for her."
Phillips will now turn her attention to The Wilson Phillips Project, which will air on the TV Guide Network following the resurgence of their band's popularity after appearing on Bridesmaids last summer. It will also feature her bandmates and sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson.
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"I've gone to some pretty high places through that little television box," laughs Phillips. "The good news about the reality show is that the cameras won't be coming into my home. It's more focused on following Carnie, Wendy and I on our tour and recording our next record, and us doing really important things like getting manicures and pedicures."
Their next album is due in 2012.
"Right now we're working on a tribute record. It's a The Mamas & the Papas and The Beach Boys classics record. We're about a quarter of the way through with it. We'll have it out probably in February of next year, and it's called 'Dedicated.' We're really excited about it because we get to honor our parents," she tells The Huffington Post.