"Yes, I'm being a crybaby right now," said Aaron Carter Tuesday night after the Results Show.
"But you're allowed. You're allowed," said Karina Smirnoff.
Aaron Cha-chaed his way into this competition with all three judges saying he was full of potential.
By Week 7, he'd danced a near-perfect Jive with head judge Len Goodman saying Aaron had enough energy to light up Hollywood.
Aaron has appreciated all of Goodman's goodwill.
When asked why he and Len had such a connection, Aaron replied, "I don't know. I guess I just always tried to -- I always tried to just prove him, like, prove him right."
This week, Goodman told Aaron he was proud of him for his work on the show.
And after the elimination, Goodman said, "I think you're an inspiration to all young people that anything is possible."
"I guess I just tried to prove to him -- I can't talk -- I'm like laughing and crying," said Aaron. "It's really hard, I'm sorry. I can't help it. This is what's talking for me right now, is my eyes."
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This has clearly been emotional for Aaron, but it's also been a great learning experience for him.
"We went through some crazy ups and downs but we always were able to come together, you know that?" said Aaron to Karina.
Being a part of "Dancing With the Stars" gave Aaron an education in ballroom dancing, and in life.
"How to be a gentlemen, how to work under pressure," said Karina.
"So many things. I mean, how to just, you know, find a way to talk to somebody, you know?" said Aaron. "And how to respect them and their feelings. It taught me so many different things about myself and what I can take, my limitations and just how far I can go."
The final four perform three dances Monday night.