Couple: Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel
Niecy Nash was repping for the big girls last night as she sashayed her way into the competition.
“I want to prove that I don’t have to be the little chubby girl who stands in the back,” she said during her introduction. “I can be the nice, thick grown woman who stands in the front and shake my tail feathers!”
She told Louie that she loves her “jiggly parts” and she’s not looking to slim down during her stint on the show like his last partner, Kelly Osbourne.
We love that Niecy came ready to dance with her signature flower in her hair! And she was more than prepared to learn some moves in dance class attire that gave us flash backs of our ballet lessons. Leotards and tights and skirts, oh my!
But make no mistake, Niecy was there to work….even if she got a little carried away during rehearsals. Between all the laughs and reps, though, Niecy came out on the floor with a solid routine for her first time out.
Naturally, the crowd loved it, so Niecy and Louie got a standing ovation! Get it, y’all! Maybe all that love is what brought our girl to tears.
“This was like watching two personalities,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. “At times I had Lola, the sassy, old mama, and at times I had a born-again virgin. You have to focus your performance.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba questioned how Niecy’s Cha-Cha-Cha wasn’t spicy enough for Bruno.
“Girl, you were boogying, the booty was going, it was really nice,” Carrie Ann said. “I think your energy is fantastic. It was simple, it was clean. You got your technique down and then you added your personality.”
As we’ve come to expect by now, Judge Len Goodman brought the new pair down a couple notches. He said that although Niecy’s performance was technically on point, it still left him wanting.
“For me, the whole thing was a bit uneventful; nothing happened,” said Len. “You’re a bubbly character, this was a flat Cha-Cha-Cha.”
Niecy dried her tears quickly enough to defend herself, saying that she at least remembered her routine. And keeping up with her steps earned the funky, spunky funny lady 18 points.
Thankfully we don’t have to say good-bye to anyone just yet. All the stars will have another chance to dance on Monday, March 29 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
– Sonya Eskridge