Dancing With the Stars Season 18 and the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion show are both airing right now, but you can tell which one has NeNe Leakes’ heart. On Sunday, she looked like she wanted to be anywhere but the RHOA reunion couch, but on Monday she cried after leaving DWTS.
"I am very proud of myself, I'm just invested,” NeNe said, explaining her tears. “And I never thought I would be crying about it. I'm very invested in it. I just wanted us to go, you know, I wanted Tony to go as far as he could go, so." She shrugged. "But I'm very proud of myself, I went more than half the way."
Last night on the live show, NeNe said she hoped she inspired women all over the world. “This has been amazing, positive experience for me.” She was proud because she kept up with Olympians and dancers in their 20s. Still, there was a time when Tony expected them to get to the Finals, so it had to be disappointing.
NeNe and Tony were all smiles Tuesday on Good Morning America — just talking about the positive experience, NeNe’s new friends for life, and Tony’s shirtlessness — but Glamour shared more behind-the-scenes scoop from after the show.
Glamour wrote that Tony had to race home to pack his bags; all contestants are asked to have their bags packed in case they have to fly to NYC to appear on GMA, but Tony wasn’t ready. NeNe was tearful when talking to Glamour backstage, but when asked for her pick to win the season, she said she's putting her money on James Maslow.
So she’s backing one of her Team Vida boys. James and Peta Murgatroyd are currently at the bottom of the judges’s leaderboard, so we’ll have to see if his passionate fans can save them.
Are you proud of NeNe for how far she made it, and for her positive experience and genuine emotion? Do you agree with her pick to win?
DWTS Season 18 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.