Thanks to the Switch Up – NeNe Leakes wants to school pro Tony Dovolani on how Dancing with the Stars works. She insists it is all about her character. Tony says, "You have to understand that you're going from a dance that has no rules (jazz) to a dance that has a lot of rules (foxtrot)." NeNe responds, "Me becoming a character is a strong point of mine –Derek Hough had the ability to do that because of the dance." Tony adds, "Yeah, a dance with no rules."
NeNe obnoxiously carries on when Tony gives her direction. Tony jokes, "Such a good student – don't listen to anything I say." NeNe huffs, "Listen Tony, don't act like I'm not a good student. I'm <finger snap> an excellent student. Okay?!"
Tony encourages NeNe to try the move one more time, and she snaps, "I don't feel like it anymore. Goodbye. You're gonna have to come with a better attitude tomorrow. I am dead a$$ serious right now because you have a damn attitude today and that sh-t ain't gonna work. If you want to go back to Candace Bure, you should call production so you can go back to Candace so you can be happy. I've only give you the best that I got every day I've ever come here and danced with you. I don't deserve an attitude. Here's your mic, think about it."
I will admit that I voted forNeNe and Derekfor the switch up. I wanted to see a traditional "two-hand hold" ballroom dance between the two; alas, that is not what happened. The picture above – SMH – is what happened. NeNe took to her DWTS blog to tell us what she really thought about Derek, the dance, and her horrid costume.
First, NeNe gushed (and gushed some more) about Derek. "Oooh, hunni I had so much fun in last week's Switch Up! Derek is awesome, he's young, he's creative, he's an amazing choreographer. It was just fun to switch it up and see what another dancer could do and what their creativity was like."
NeNe and Tony dropped by VH1's Big Morning Buzz to dish on all things DWTS and Housewives. I sometimes find NeNe a bit too full of herself, but that's also part of her charm, right? That is charm, isn't it? However, I love her rapport with Tony, and Nick just seems like someone fun to have coffee with first thing in the morning. It's a win-win!
"Derek is great," shares NeNe. "He's a great choreographer. I've watched him dance over the seasons and I know how dope he is. What I like is that Derek knows that I am known for being fabulous – not that Tony didn't know that – but maybe he didn't know how to bring that out."
I cannot explain the feather sticking out of Derek's crotch in the above picture. I also have no words for Derek and NeNe's tribal-inspired jazz number. Derek looks like a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz flapping his arms around next to giant NeNe. I can't – watch the video below.
No elimination tonight – last week's and this week's scores and viewer votes will be combined to determine who goes home next week. Will NeNe survive?
"The first time I got married to Gregg we were really stuck on attraction," says NeNe. "Our relationship started to really fizzle. We were not seeing eye to eye and we were arguing all the time. That doesn't work for me. I'm a really good communicator, like, I like to talk about everything. Gregg – not so much. For a long time we were not even speaking. I never stopped loving Gregg, so when we broke up, the connection was still there."
NeNe adds, "Gregg Leakesssss, this Rumba is for you. There is a little bit of grinding, honey, but don't worry. You know I'm coming home to you."
We've got your hottest reality star pics so far this week!
La La Anthony was looking fabulous as she promoted her new book at Barnes & Noble in Atlanta.
Gia Giudice headed off to L.A. (just in time for the weekend earthquake!) to attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards with a friend. Gigi Hadid was also in attendance. Free tix for all the Housewives kids, apparently!
Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate! And twirl! Kenya Moore must have been a giant oak tree in a former life because she is all about the shade. Why is she even on Real Housewives of Atlanta if she can't stand all her co-stars? Nevermind. Stupid question…as if being friends is a prerequisite for any of the RHOA ladies!
I'm not sure if Kenya is attempting to channel her inner NeNe Leakes with recent venom-filled retorts, but she proves to be mildly entertaining. Calling out Porsha Stewart, the Neenster, and Phaedra Parks, Kenya proves that there is only one Krayonce, and she has her own personal brand of crazy!
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."