'Dancing With the Stars': Petra Nemcova happy to turn attention back to philanthropy

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Seeing Petra Nemcova exit during Week 5 of "Dancing With the Stars" wasn't easy for anyone. The philanthropic model's positive attitude won her a lot of fans over the course of season 12 -- especially among her co-stars.

Fellow competitors Romeo, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane were quick to lament Nemcova's exit backstage after the results show. In fact, the person who seems least saddened by the elimination is Petra herself.

"It's tears of sadness and joy all at the same time," Nemcova told press moments after the taping. "I never thought I'd dance halfway through the season."

A woman who devotes the majority of her professional life to her charity, Happy Hearts, she's excited to get back to helping aid children affected by natural disasters. "One thing is accomplished and now there is a new chapter," she says. "My life is about helping others, and I'm going back to what my life is about, building schools."

Nemcova had nothing but good things to say about her tenure at "DWTS," though she did get in one dig at partner Dmitry Chaplin. "I won't be in pain everyday," she says, laughing. 

We're thrilled Petra gets to return to doing what she loves, but we'd be lying if we said it was her time to go. Do you think the right star was eliminated?
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