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Carrie Ann Inaba Was “Devastated” by Snooki’s Elimination on Dancing With the Stars 2013

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba tends to be the most emotional judge — even if Bruno “The Human Espresso Shot” Tonioli is usually the most effusive.

So it’s not too surprising that Carrie Ann cried when Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber were revealed as the departing couple of Season 17, Week 7.

"I loved watching her every week and quite honestly was devastated by her elimination,” Carrie Ann wrote in her Parade blog. “It broke my heart. I cried when I went over to hug her after the show. She really made herself so vulnerable on this show. I have a lot of respect for this young lady. She is a trooper, unafraid to be herself in a world that often doesn’t support that. The way she attacked each dance — always walking on her edge — was inspiring. She has a very special spirit.”

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Carrie Ann adds she wishes Snooki could have stuck around. “She is a survivor and a winner in my eyes, and I wish her the best in all her pursuits. I really would have liked to see her continue to grow. I got a sense that with each dance, not only did she grow as a dancer, but as a person as well,” she added. “There was something very touching about that.”

She also feels the same about Sasha, Snooki’s partner and first-time pro. "I also want to congratulate Sasha on his first year as a pro. His choreography was excellent and his support of her was unwavering,” she revealed. “They should be very proud. I will miss our little Pocket Rocket, but we know she will continue on her path to greatness in her role of being a mom and whatever else she sets her mind to.”

Aww! But yes, congrats again to Sasha. Please, please bring him back next season, Powers That Be!

Read Carrie Ann's full blog for details on her pre-show routine, other behind-the-scenes details, and why she won't drink espresso before the show anymore (as Bruno does).

Are you still bummed about Snooki’s elimination? Do you think Sasha should return? Sound off below.

Dancing With the Stars airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Source: Parade