Posted: 10:49 am Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

‘Dancing With the Stars': How did NeNe Leakes do? 

By Rodney Ho

DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1801" - Each couple performed a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America's vote. The two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" began MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Taylor) TONY DOVOLANI, NENE LEAKES

DANCING WITH THE STARS – “Episode 1801″ – Each couple performed a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote. The two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” began MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Taylor)
TONY DOVOLANI, NENE LEAKES

NeNe Leakes can dance!

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member is a contender for the mirror-ball trophy on ABC’s 18th season of  “Dancing With the Stars.”

She opened the show Monday night with a spirited cha cha cha that resulted in a solid 21 out of 30.

“I want to make Tony proud,” NeNe said, of her partner Tony Dovolani. (I spoke with Tony last week about NeNe’s chances here.)

“That’s the way to get the party started,” said judge Len Goodman. He suggested more foot pressure to increase hip action but said it was “a great start. Well done!”

Bruno Tonioloi: “I feel you have so much to give. We’re just scratching the surface.” He also suggested tighter footwork.

Carrie Ann Inaba: “You have this incredibly larger-than-life personality. It shows in your dancing.. You can dance bigger.”

Each judge gave her a 7 out of 10. She tied with Drew Carey and Big Time Rush actor/singer James Maslow. She finished ahead of Billy Dee Williams (15), swimmer Diana Nyad (18) and former hockey player Sean Avery (20).

Olympic ice dancer Charlie White had the top score with 27, an impressive opening of 9’s. If anybody has an advantage in this show, it’s White and his Olympic partner Meryl Davis (24). They will be major competition for NeNe, as she noted on the program.

The first dancer will be eliminated next Monday. My bet will be Avery because unless you’re a hockey fan, he’s a basic unknown and he came in near the bottom.

Ratings: The show opened with 15 million viewers, down from season 17 in the fall, which drew 16 million. The 18-49 rating was 2.5, down from 3.1.

16 comments
David Scott
David Scott

Can we file this under who gives a rat's a**  SOOOOO tired of hearing about any of the RHOA. 

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

i,m so sick of that ugly woman with ghetto blond hair...hope she is off soon,and never to be heard from again

MuffinHeadicus
MuffinHeadicus

Nene did a GREAT job. 

...way too many haters in the room!


Lynn43
Lynn43

She was horrible.  She doesn't represent the elegant and classy ladies of Georgia.  She is too big to be dancing around like that.

GwendolynStone
GwendolynStone

Did Not Not Leakes have to drop the "F" word in rehearsal already? Within 2 minutes, she had used 3 profane words. She is on a mission to overshadow everyone. If she was dancing with Max, he would check her behind. Tony is going to have to tone her down or she will overshadow him. I'm just saying. She is such a fake. Not wasting my phone call or Internet vote. I swear I could see the glue on that headband. I'll bet her legs cramped like all get out, Ha Ha Ha. She in no Amber Riley!!!!!  She had her "Gotto" moves on. I think she had flashbacks of THE POLE.


Good luck Tony. You have my sympathy and I am black.


Billy Dee, Billy Dee, ode to Billy Dee. Maybe this is the last drop in his bucket. Don't blame it on age. His knees got weaker and his belly got bigger. He should go out in style and not leave us with this image. Smile, smile and keep on smiling. I have my memories of you in Mahogany.

Wisdom2014
Wisdom2014

NeNe brought ghetto to the ballroom floor. She reminded me of [who was it, LIl Bow Wows' father]...?  I hope she gets voted off early! But I think Billy Dee WIll be the first to go. Hopefully nene will soon follow. Not everything has to be ghetto-conduct. Show some elegance and class. But that's not her.

First of all, it is GHETTO for ANY Black woman to don blond hair! Looks ridiculous; it just does.

I don't like this season. No Harold Wheeler. I liked Brooke, etc.

PvtRyan
PvtRyan

Great Job! NeNe, show them how it's done.  You were fantastic!

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

She danced with all the grace and charm of a U-Haul truck with a flat tire.

MrsJohnson
MrsJohnson

NeNe did a FANTASTIC JOB!!! She was nervous as the oters but she really did good. All she needs to do is loosen up a little and she'll be fine!!! TEAM NENE RHOA :-)

AtlantaGeorgia
AtlantaGeorgia

21/30...I'd expect better moves from an ex-stripper.

andesi
andesi

I think NeNe did a fantastic job. I really was not worried about her because she has a "do or die" attitude.  She has an absolutely beautiful smile and energy.  But she can let go of those facial expressions.