Nelly reveals the epic way she plans to celebrate if she wins ‘DWTS’ with Daniella Karagach (Exclusive)
Nelly still can’t believe she’s made it to the Dancing with the stars finals, but he credits his professional partner, Daniella Karagach, and his alter ego, Yung Swivel, for helping him get there.
“I personally talk a lot. I mean, that’s what I do; I rap,” Nelly told ET’s Lauren Zima, during a break from one of her final rehearsals. “But seeing it come true, is something I wasn’t really sure about. Daniella believed that if she worked hard, and I was committed to trying, we had a chance. And she was right.”
As for Yung Swivel’s nickname, the rapper believes creating the alter ego was “very critical” to getting this far in the competition.
“I think sometimes when you try to get comfortable and put yourself in vulnerable situations, [it’s good] have someone to channel. Say, ‘Okay, what would this person do if they were in this situation?’ “Nelly explained.” I think that’s what allowed me to overcome what had to happen. It’s like why when you become a hip-hop artist, you don’t use the name of your government, so to speak. I don’t rap like Cornell Haynes, but like Nelly, because this is what Nelly would do. “
During monday DWTS In the end, Nelly and Daniella will compete for the mirror ball trophy against Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev, Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson, and Justina Machado and Sasha Farber.
Each finalist must dance twice. For Nelly and Daniella, they will first be repeating their Samba to the beat of DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night”. They will then perform their final dance, a freestyle of “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion and “Hypnotize” by The Notorious BIG, as a last minute opportunity to impress judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli, and America. . .
“We’re just going to have fun and hopefully people at home can relate to us,” Daniella joked. “It’s about getting better, and just a good experience, and I feel like it’s all rolled into one.”
While the rookie pro couldn’t give away too Many details about his freestyle, he told ET that “they are going to let loose” and that they “will do what we do.”
“I’d say he’s very energetic,” added Nelly. “Something that has never been seen on the show before, that kind of energy. That kind of fun.”
Speaking of fun, #TeamDaNelly also shared what they have in store if they take home the mirror ball trophy.
“They are hitting us!” Nelly exclaimed, breaking into laughter. “I have my driver on hold. They are hitting us, he is already in the works.”
“Pizza, donuts and alcohol!” Daniella added. “Oh yeah, it’s on!”
The end of season 29 of Dancing with the stars begins Monday at 8 pm ET / PT on ABC. In the meantime, tune in to Entertainment Tonight on Monday to hear more from the remaining contestants. Check your local listings here.