When Tony Dovolani was first paired with NeNe Leakes, he said he figured she’d make it to about Week 5, based on her popularity. Once he got to work with her, he said he really hoped that they could make the Finals.

Now we are at Week 5, and one couple will go home on Monday, April 14. It’s Disney Week, and NeNe and Tony have the Foxtrot. Some fans think that might be NeNe’s last dance, but Tony still believes she’ll get to the end.

Tony told ABC News he thinks the top contenders to win the spring season are Charlie White, Meryl Davis, and Amy Purdy. "I think between those three is probably going to be a very tight race,” he said. “And honestly, I'm not counting NeNe out in any shape or form, because I really do believe we have the surprise factor. I'm expecting her to make it to the Finals. It's going to be interesting. It's going to be a four-couple Final, I think. And if it is, it's probably going to be those four."

So that’s his prediction. Does it match yours? Watch Tony's ABC interview below for more, including details on his daughter's embarrassment when he took his shirt off, and the "awkwardness" that came between him and NeNe after they switched partners.

DWTS Season 18 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Source: ABC News