Kendra Wilkinson might not be taking home the mirror ball trophy, but she is walking away with a newfound sense of confidence for lasting seven weeks on Dancing with the Stars. “It’s night and day,” said the reality TV star, who was eliminated on Tuesday. “My confidence has totally switched. Before week one, week two, week three, I was so nervous on Mondays.”

Wilkinson’s departure was a surprise because two other couples scored lower than her and Louis Van Amstel: They earned 61 points for the group dance (a cha cha) and an individual dance (a tango), while Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Romeo and Chelsie Hightower each finished with a 60. Still, the former Playboy model went into Tuesday’s show expecting the worst. “I started really feeling it in the air that this would be my day,” she admitted. “As much as we had a great night last night and we had a great dance, we had great momentum going on, but it just wasn’t meant to be. If it’s not meant to be, I don’t force it.”

“I did not expect it,” said Van Amstel.

Thought it’s been an emotional journey for Wilkinson — among other things, the judges were constantly on her about dancing like a lady — she’s proud to end on a high note. “I’m actually feeling really, really good,” she said. “You know, Mother’s Day is next week and it was the right time. I’m not sad about it. I’m very happy. I’m very happy where we ended. We ended on a very positive note.

“I’m gonna miss the glamorous life, the best hair, the best makeup the best costumes,” Wilkinson added. “You can’t be more glamorous than you are on Dancing with the Stars. I don’t think I ever will for the first of my life. This was the one time I could act like Barbie.”