Dancing with the Stars pro Tony Dovolani seems like a sweet guy – and I'd be lying if I said I didn't cringe when he got paired with Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes this season. So, color me shocked, Tony can't stop gushing over NeNe and he sounds sincere.
Tony said he and NeNe "hit it off right off the bat," adding, "Everybody's got this perception of NeNe. I've grown to really respect and adore her. I think she's actually a big teddy bear. She treats me like gold. We really have a good time."
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Tony continued, but I wish he hadn't, "God forbid I'm having one of those tough days, she'll start dancing with me and rubbing on me. I immediate have a smile on my face."
Tony said he's glad they survived the first two eliminations because it will give them "the opportunity to show off NeNe's real side." See, this is where I think less is more, but to each their own.
Apparently NeNe and Tony are enjoying each other's company off the dance floor as well. After getting together for drinks over the weekend, Tony said, "It was supposed to be a half-hour thing and it turned into a four-hour thing. We never stop having fun."
IMHO – NeNe's days on Dancing with the Stars are numbered. Her dancing leaves a lot to be desired, technically, and her fan base can't match others on the show. Lisa Vanderpump, also one of Bravo's more popular stars, was the second star (third if you count Dorothy Hamill's self-elimination) to be voted off Season 16. Like Lisa, NeNe's dancing is NOT strong enough to impress non-RHOA fans.
In other news, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts is slated to be this season's first guest judge. "I am nervous – but you got to step outside of your comfort zone," said Robin. "I think I am going to take the perspective of those who normally watch at home." Also on the list are Ricky Martin, Redfoo from LMFAO, and Julianne Hough.
TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED TO HEAR TONY AND NENE HIT IT OFF? DO YOU THINK NENE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN THE MIRROR BALL?
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