Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Premiere: NeNe Leakes Is Dancing First!
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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Premiere: NeNe Leakes Is Dancing First!

Good news for fans of Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes — the sassy star has the honor of kicking off Dancing With the Stars Season 18 with the first dance of the season on tonight's premiere!

On last night's episode of Watch What Happens Live, NeNe called in to dish about her Dancing With the Stars experience.

"I'm super nervous," NeNe admits in the video that you can watch below. "Because I am dancing live tomorrow. I'm actually going to be opening the show. So I am the first dancer on stage, and I'm going to do the Cha-Cha."

We can definitely see why NeNe would be nervous, but she should also be excited that she was chosen to go first. The Dancing With the Stars Powers That Be like to start the season off strong, so clearly they think she brings a big performance factor to the table.

While NeNe also admits that the four to six hours of rehearsal a day is tiring, she says she's feeling good — and on the plus side, she loves her pro partner, DWTS staple Tony Dovolani.

When Andy Cohen jokes that a lot of the time stars fall in love with their partners, NeNe jumps right on board.

"I have definitely fallen in love with Tony! Tony and I have — our last name is Leakes-Dovolani," she jokes. Watch out, Gregg! More seriously, she adds, "We definitely have a connection, I just love him to death."

For more from NeNe, check out her entire call in below.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!