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Tom Bergeron felt the pressure. So did Brooke Burke.

After Dancing with the Stars' surprisingly strong Season 10 — highlighted by beating American Idol in the ratings for the first time — the co-hosts are well aware that the season will be tough to follow, let alone top.

"I think it surprised even us how strong we came out the gate last season and how well it held," Bergeron tells TVGuide.com. "It sort of became the man-bites-dog story because Idol was having the problems they were having. We hit No. 1 a few times, which was the story of the season. We had a dynamic cast, lots of buzz with Kate [Gosselin]. [Season 11] had to deal with the long shadow that that one cast, and given that, I think we met the challenge."

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