How ‘DWTS’ finalists Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten plan to continue their romance (Exclusive)

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten may not have scored the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on Monday's finale of Dancing With the Stars, but that doesn’t mean they’re not winners! The pair found each other on the show, admitting their feelings to one another and on TV. 

"I feel like I won!” Alexis tells ET’s Katie Krause after the couple lost out to Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

No one was prouder than Alan, who worked hard with Alexis all season to get her to the finale. 

"Honestly, this whole experience, I’ve told her so many times I don’t care if we win the Mirrorball because we’re out here doing something that we love and it’s so much fun and to do it with Alexis has been incredible,” he tells ET. "So I’m just so thankful for this whole journey." 

Alexis notes that she’ll miss, “dancing together on stage,” most after competing with her man. Moving forward, the pair is taking their romance one step at a time, and looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresses outside of the ballroom. 

"Now we can be normal for a little while,” Alan says. "I don’t have to teach her five hours a day every day, so we can just go hang out." 

So will this last?

"I’m not psychic!” Alan says. "We’re really excited because now we can just hang and do whatever we want."

As for the “L word” that Alexis dropped in her package, she says that the editors cut her words, making for a mixed message. 

"They cut it! I really felt love in myself,” she says, laughing. "Honestly, I have no idea where that came from.”

And though the pair will be spending the holidays with their respective families, Alexis has already taken one big step in their romance. 

"She actually met my parents right before we danced just because my parents don’t live here,” Alan explains. 

"They’re so cute!” Alexis notes of the Bersten family. 

So were his parents impressed?

"What can you not think of her? She’s such a sweet person and she’s so caring and it’s amazing,” Alan adds. 

After a season of working together, Alan notes, "I’m so proud that she never gave up. I’m a hard teacher and I yell a lot, but she never gave up, which was really cool. She earned her spot here. I’ve learned so much from her. I’ve learned to have so much patience. So my next partners are lucky. No, I’m kidding.”

Alexis fires back, "I don’t know the patience he talks about. I haven’t seen it!”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 29: Alan Bersten and Alexis Ren pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Disney Night' - The nine remaining celebrities are putting on their Mickey ears and getting ready to transform into some of their favorite Disney characters and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Disney Night' - The nine remaining celebrities are putting on their Mickey ears and getting ready to transform into some of their favorite Disney characters and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Disney Night' - The nine remaining celebrities are putting on their Mickey ears and getting ready to transform into some of their favorite Disney characters and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 12: Model Alexis Ren (L) and Dancer / TV Personality Alan Bersten (R) visit Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 12, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 12: Model Alexis Ren (L) and Dancer / TV Personality Alan Bersten (R) visit Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 12, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Alexis Ren (L) and Alan Bersten pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'New York City Night' - The 12 remaining couples take a bite out of the Big Apple and dance to iconic songs from the city that never sleeps, as New York City Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCT. 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Alan Bersten (L) and Alexis Ren pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2701A' - On part two of the spectacular season premiere, the 13 celebrities get ready to hit the ballroom floor once again, with a lot riding on their final scores, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Semi-Finals' - The six remaining couples advance to the 'Semi-Finals' as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2707: Country Night' - Eight remaining couples dance to some of the biggest country music songs during 'Country Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2707: Country Night' - Eight remaining couples dance to some of the biggest country music songs during 'Country Night' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, NOV. 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Halloween Night' - The nine remaining celebrities have spent the week learning all of the bloodcurdling tricks that it will take to treat the viewers to some terrifyingly fun dances, as 'Halloween Night' comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19: Alexis Ren (L) and Alan Bersten pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 Finale at CBS Television City on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, ALEXIS REN, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Finale' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the season finale of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, ALEXIS REN
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