”This Is A Really Tough Show:’ NeNe Leakes Weighs In On Her DWTS Experience
NeNe Leakes is putting her best foot forward on “Dancing with the Stars,” but with one more performance under her belt, the reality TV personality says that it’s a bit nerve-wracking competing on the weekly dance competition in front of a live studio audience.
“Last week, I started to freak out when I got on stage for the first show,” the season 18 contender wrote in a blog post for Essence. “A couple of producers came over to talk to me and they were like, ‘You’ll be fine.’ I went up on stage and looked down at the band. Everyone was giving me thumbs up. And that’s when I really freaked out. Then I looked up and saw some of the fans in the audience waving, and I thought, ‘Lord, please just let me get through this.’”
Despite her nervousness, once the music dropped, NeNe says she went into performance mode.
“But as soon as I heard the music, I just went with it.”
Though her jive routine didn’t earn the best scores from the judges, the platinum-haired diva says she feels that their critiques were pretty accurate.
“I thought everything the judges said about me was accurate. When Carrie-Ann [Inaba] said I should be light on my feet, she was right because the whole time I was doing the dance I felt like my technique was off. That’s something that I’ve been really working on. And when Bruno said I’m a sassy sister, I think he’s correct.”
More than anything, NeNe says she needs to work on her endurance.
“This is a very tough show. And really, only the strong can survive, because it literally takes your life. Like, there’s nothing else you can do besides dance all day and go to sleep. Or lay down somewhere. We dance twice a day; four hours in the morning, and then we meet back up in the evening. You definitely can’t go and have a cocktail with your girlfriend. I’m learning that my endurance really needs to be up. I need to work out more—I don’t work out at all. After this, as tough as it’s been, I need to keep it going. I shouldn’t finish the show and not exercise.”
Have you been enjoying NeNe on DWTS so far? Read her full post here.