NeNe Leakes has never been shy about admitting to her past as an exotic dancer — and why should she be? When you’re “very rich, b—,” you have nothing to be ashamed of. However, when we heard that the Real Housewives of Atlanta star had been cast on this season of Dancing With the Stars, we thought she might veer away from all that, due to the ABC show’s family-friendly nature. But fear not, NeNe is still being totally open — and that’s just the way we love her!
In an interview with Extra about her new primetime gig, the reality star/actress was honest with the fact that she is fairly intimidated by the idea of competing against Olympians in ballroom dancing — though she (and partner Tony Dovolani) have, as she says, “some things that we can bring that they can’t.”
And what is that exactly? That would be her moves harking from her days on the pole. “Exotic dance is so different from professional dance,” she details, adding, “There’s more fantasy. It’s slower moves.”
Tony is excited to tap into his celeb partner’s experience, sharing, “She’s going to teach me all that. We’re going to go to pole class.” Ha! Imagine the always-professional Tony spinning around that pole — eek!
NeNe says it’s not just her physical moves that will set her apart, but also her soul. “I know a lot of them are skating, but a lot of them may not have soul. They may be stiff and not really loose with it and able to roll and move.”
“Booty pop! More bounce to the ounce. By the end of the season, we’re gonna make it rain every night!” Tony teases. Ahhh, is it the 17th yet? We can’t wait to see this!
Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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