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Us Weekly: Nelly Has a Bitter Feeling about the Thought of Returning to DWTS

Busayo Ogunjimi
Nov 26, 2020
11:00 A.M.

After partnering with professional dancer Daniella Karagach and finishing third place in the 29th season of the hit show, "Dancing with the Stars," popular rapper Nelly does npt see himself competing in the next season.


In an interview with Us Weekly and other reporters on November 23rd, after the final episode of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 29, famous rapper Nelly explained that he had his reservations about returning to the competition. He said:

"I don't know. I got a sour taste on that one, I don't think I have the experience to be up against people who study this. That's a lot of hard work. This is mentally draining.."

Rapper Nelly attends the premiere of "Can't Stop Won't Stop" on June 21, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Rapper Nelly attends the premiere of "Can't Stop Won't Stop" on June 21, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

After a long and tasking season, the 46-year-old was glad that he and his partner, 28-year-old Daniella Karagach, had made it to the top three. The final verdict was, however, not pleasing to him as he explained:

"Two is not a winner and three nobody remembers, man,...That's how I see life, bro. I'm a competitor. There's no difference between me and who left two or three weeks ago.."


Referring to his competitive self, he further expressed his pain, saying people did not understand the setbacks celebrity competitors faced, especially those with no dance experience.


The Texas native added that the pressure was a lot when he had to learn something new and also present it perfectly on national television. Contending in dance publicly seemed to be a stretch for the Grammy winner as he went through long hours of rehearsals and experienced drastic weight loss.

They had a shot at winning the competition.


Despite the stress, the iconic rapper made it to the top 13 and remembered his family as he honored his late sister, Jackie Donaghue, who died of leukemia at 31, through one of his heartfelt duets with Karagach.

Following the duo's performance of one of Donaghue's favorite songs, "Nobody Knows" by Tony Rich Project, DWTS judge Derek Hough thanked Nelly for telling his sister's story.


The star stated that he was lucky to have an understanding partner like Karagach as the dance, which seemed like cardio made him hurt in different parts of his body.

Due to his music experience, the singer said he had it easy counting dance moves but still gave kudos to his initially anonymous partner, who he believes did him good.


Karagach was also thirsty to win as she told Nelly that if she worked hard and he stayed committed to trying, they had a shot at winning the competition. The duo gave it their best at the finals, where each finalist was required to dance twice.

The #DaNelly team repeated a Samba routine to "Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge and slammed their final dance with a freestyle to "Savage" by Meghan Thee Stallion and "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G.

The electric duo's efforts paid off, and they came out as third, followed by Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson, and winners Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chignestev.

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