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Dancing With the Stars: Maureen McCormick explains why she cries so much

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In case you haven’t noticed, Maureen McCormick tends to get a little emotional on Dancing With the Stars.

During Monday’s episode of the ABC show, the 60-year-old actress was filmed breaking down in tears — again — during a rehearsal with pro Artem Chigvintsev. “I feel like a failure,” McCormick is filmed saying. “You’re mad at me. You’re frustrated.”

It wasn’t the first time that McCormick has cried on camera. Ever since premiere night, the pressure of the competition has clearly overwhelmed the teary-eyed McCormick, best known for playing Marcia on the iconic sitcom The Brady Bunch.

“I’m emotional about everything. I feel a lot, and I love it,” McCormick admitted to EW after Monday’s show. “To come into this competition and feel like I was the worst dancer in the world. I had this other head above me when I danced with friends. I would have to stop. I thought I looked ugly. I look uncoordinated. I didn’t know what I’m doing. It was a huge thing for me. I’ve not been able to dance in public and enjoy it. So it was one of my biggest fears. Yeah I’m a woman. I’m insecure. I don’t mind those things. They make me human. It’s who I am.”

Chigvintsev says her vulnerability makes her a better dancer. To wit: The duo earned a 24 out of 30 Monday for their Argentine tango. Naturally, McCormick got verklempt after the performance. But they were happy tears. “She wants to be her best, and she wants everybody to be happy,” Chigvintsev said to EW. “It’s a great trait to have. She is striving to be the best you can be. I’d take that over anything.”

“It’s been such an interesting process, and every single day is changing,” McCormick added. “You have to give yourself to it totally. It’s one of the greatest journeys I’ve ever had in my career. I mean that.”

There will be a double elimination on Tuesday’s installment of Dancing With the Stars.

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