Noah Galloway’s live marriage proposal on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars may have surprised America – and most of the other semi-finalists – but one of his fellow contestants already knew it was coming.
“I actually knew it was going to happen beforehand,” Riker Lynch told reporters backstage after the show. “I was so excited.”
Galloway, 33, had told Lynch his plans after dress rehearsals, and the musician was worried he would ruin the surprise.
“Sometimes people tell me plans and I blow it,” said Lynch. “That’s definitely happened to me a few times, so I was like, ‘All right, do not say anything.’ So I just made sure I didn’t talk about it at all, and then when it happened I was so excited. Noah’s such a great, great guy and I couldn’t be happier.”
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“We had no idea,” said Liukin, 25. “I was on the dance floor, and Sasha and I had this silly choreography planned, and then we saw that and we totally forgot what we were doing. It was really special.”
Willis, 26, was also caught off-guard by the touching moment.
“It was happening right behind me,” she told PEOPLE. “All of a sudden I just hear everyone start to get a little quiet, [and] I was like, ‘Yes! Go, Noah, go!’ And then on top of that he killed it on the dance floor. What an awesome night.”