Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is here to prove she's more than just a funny reality name. She and partner Tony Dovolani tackled the Cha-Cha-Cha as the very first dance of Dancing With the Stars Season 18, and they kicked the season off right.

In their video package, NeNe emphasized that she wants to show off her personality. She noted that she's never taken a dance class, but she has soul. She said she's in Tony's house, and wants to get it right and make him happy.

She hit the floor in a white number that showed a lot of skin (in a good way: she looked hot!). She showed off that personality for sure, and actually had some moves. Does she need to work on being sharper? For sure. But for a non-dancer in Week 1, this was a really good start. A lot of fun.

Len told her it was the way to get the party started, and said it was a great start. Bruno called her his kind of girl and said she has a lot more to give, but told her to be tighter on the footwork. NeNe almost cried from happiness. Carrie Ann told her she has a larger than life personality, but that she needs to dance even bigger.  

Score: 21/30. Good start!

Catch the next episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 18 on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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