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DWTS, Evan Lysacek

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Evan Lysacek probably won't be sent home tonight on Dancing With the Stars.

Even so, he can't help but think of the inevitable day when his time with DWTS comes to an end.

"I'm dreading whenever it's over for us," the Olympic gold medalist told me earlier today. "I'm just dreading it. I've been an individual athlete for so long. I've never had this family atmosphere in skating…It's relationships that I will never, ever forget."

But will he cry when it's time to say goodbye, like that big goober Jake Pavelka did last week? Read on to find out, plus see what Evan has to say about the Cheryl Burke and Chad Ochocinco romance rumors

If you ever do get eliminated, will you cry like Jake?
I will not cry.

Were you surprised that he broke down like that?
It's a really emotional experience…We've heard from everyone on the show that this is the closest cast they've ever had. We're the tightest they've ever had.

I have to ask: What is going on with Cheryl and Chad?
I don't think any of us really know…Anna [Trebunskaya] and I leave during the week. We're not here, so there might be stuff going on that I have no idea about.

Is there a requirement that the guys have to show some chest at some point? It seems like it's more and more every week.
I'm pretty shy. I showed a little skin last night and that was a big step.

How's your head feeling?
It's definitely almost 100 percent better. My neck is still a little stiff, but it's not a big deal.

And the toes?
They're good. This is the first week I haven't had to really put strong tape on them. They're much better.

So about that perfect 30. Did you know when you were dancing that you and Anna had nailed it?
I felt like that was the best we had done, and lucky for us, we have the same mentality about competition. We thrive on that moment. We really stepped it up when the lights came on.

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Life goes on after Dancing With the Stars. Just ask the celebs in our DWTS: Where Are They Now? photo gallery.