Actress Candace Cameron Bure visited TheBlaze newsroom Thursday on the heels of concluding her “Dancing With the Stars” TV competition, where she praised the show as an exhilarating, yet exhausting experience — one that allowed her to share her faith with the masses.
“I had so many people praying for me and so I say that — not praying for me to win — winning was not what it was about,” Bure told TheBlaze. “But so many people praying for me that God would just use my position to glorify him each and every week that I was on.”
Though she said her personal goal was only to make it to the 6th week of competition, Bure ended up making it to the 10th week — the show’s season finale — this past Thursday, finishing third out of a cast of 12 actors, musicians and Olympians who were fiercely competing for the win.
The former “Full House” actress said that being able to stay was an answer to so many viewers’ prayers that she “would just be able to share the light of Christ.”
Bure admitted, though, that she’s relieved the show is over and is looking forward to resting and spending time with her family in the coming weeks.
“I actually learned a lot. This was a huge growth experience for me in so many different ways,” she said. “I learned a lot about myself just as a performer in pushing through something I had never done before.”
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Nerves were a frequent problem for Bure during the competition. Considering that it was live TV and that she was being judged for her performance, the actress said that stress sometimes led her to blank out on the dance floor.
She also described one of the other challenges she faced concerning negative critiques.
Bure caught a flurry of media attention in March when she defended her Christian faith on the show and refused to compromise her values, sparking droves of supporters — and critics — with her comments about modesty and reserving certain things for her husband.
Despite the overwhelming support she received, Bure told TheBlaze that there were some negative reactions as well, forcing her to curb how much she read responses on social media.
“This negative, particularly, was difficult, so I just had to tune it out,” she said. “I had to stop reading and I had to just disassociate myself from it and not think about it anymore.”
Bure will host the “KLOVE Fan Awards” next week and she’ll soon be appearing in a Hallmark film, among other pending projects.
Read TheBlaze’s complete profile on Bure and her Christian faith here.