Aaron Carter, Karina Smirnoff Defend Cocky ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Comments

'I was pumping myself up,' singer says of his statement that he'd win the show.

On Tuesday night’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” fans bid a fond farewell to Kathy Ireland, saw [artist id="1239321"]Joss Stone[/artist] and [artist id="3079282"]Selena Gomez[/artist] perform and even got to see [artist id="500157"]Mya[/artist] strut her stuff on the dance floor again. But it seemed like the hot topic was still the cocky comments that contestant Aaron Carter made in a radio interview on Monday, claiming he was hands-down going to win the show.

Dance partner Karina Smirnoff thinks that everyone has blown the whole thing out of proportion. “He is humble and one of the most non-cocky people on the planet!” she told Usmagazine.com. “All he said was, ‘We’re going to win.’ They take that one sentence and isolate that.”

Even Carter thinks people need to relax about his statement on 104.3 MY FM’s “Valentine in the Morning” show that “there are no ifs, ands or buts or possibilities or chances, I’m going to win ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ” He told Us that he said all that in order to psych himself up for competition. “Honestly, I was pumping myself. I’m a big believer in positive energy.”

As for rumors that the partners are having any kind of off-screen romance, Smirnoff (who has dated former contestant Mario Lopez and fellow dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy) says that is “ridiculous.”

Carter actually admitted to having a crush on another pro, Chelsie Hightower, who is dancing with pro snowboarder Louie Vito. “I just realized, ‘This girl is really cute!’ so I just went up to her and said, ‘Are you single?’ ” Carter said. “I’m going to leave it at that for now. I’m just going to put it out there and see what happens. … I’m going to visualize that happening!”