updated 09/25/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/25/2012 AT 8:35 AM ET
Scoring an evening low of 17 points, Anderson, 45, told reporters backstage after the show, “Humans aren’t perfect, and I think it was very brave of us to go that strong with our emotional connection about the dance.”
“I think there was a lot of good stuff about it,” she continued. “I take it seriously. I write down the song and think about my own personal experiences.”
Anderson admits she’s not the master of fancy footwork, but she hopes viewers can see past it for different reasons.
“I know I bring other things to the table,” she said. “I know I’m not the best dancer, but I have a lot of heart and I have a lot of guts, and I want to be able to portray that.”
“This gives me an opportunity to be myself and be good at something,” she continued. “It’s emotional, too. It’s this whole weird thing. I’ve got to stay in it. I promise I won’t let you down.”
Despite the low score, MacManus is staying positive.
“I’m going to go home and work on next week,” he told PEOPLE. “No matter what happens, we can’t do anything about tomorrow, so I have to turn my attention to next week.”
Regardless of Tuesday night’s elimination outcome, no one can deny how compatible the former Baywatch star and the Irish dancing pro are on the dance floor.
“[Our chemistry] wouldn’t be as good if something [romantic] were to happen between us,” MacManus said. “Everything we’re kind of building towards is about that frustration. And that’s where the chemistry is. The chemistry is about that tension.”