EXCLUSIVE: Nick Viall on His 'DWTS' Elimination & the Lesson He's Learned: 'Get Out of Your Comfort Zone'
After seven weeks of intensive rehearsals and dedicated effort, Nick Viall was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars on Monday after delivering one of his best performances of the season.
The former Bachelor and his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, earned one of their highest scores during the DWTS A Night At the Movies Week, with an Argentine tango set to David Guetta’s “Dangerous.” However, the night also ended with the season’s first double elimination, and Viall found himself going home along with Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Viall and Murgatroyd spoke with ET’s Cameron Mathison and special correspondent Bindi Irwin — who won the DWTS Mirror Ball Trophy in Season 21 — and the reality star opened up about what he enjoyed the most about his time on the show.
“It’s just fun to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself,” Viall shared. “Certainly, I got nervous at times when I did that. But [I learned] to have fun anytime you take a risk and to just go for it, and that’s kind of been the biggest takeaway for me and what I’ll always remember about it.”
Viall and Murgatroyd had something of a rocky path when it came to their scores over the course of the season, but no matter what criticism they received, the pair kept plugging along and working hard to get better.
According to Viall, his partner wasn’t the only source of support and advice he had during the show. He also got a lot of help from his fiancee, Vanessa Grimaldi, and Murgatroyd’s fiance — and fellow DWTS pro — Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“Vanessa is always calming, she’s always supportive,” Viall shared. “Maks always gives me a pep talk before the dances, so we definitely keep it in the family.”
Now that his time on the show has come to an end, Viall says he has no immediate plans to appear on TV and is going to spent his time hanging out with his lady love and running his new business, a men’s grooming line called The Polished Gent.
“Right now I’m focusing on launching my business next week,” Viall said. “That’s going to take a lot of my time.”
As for his gorgeous dance partner, Murgatroyd said she’s excited to have an opportunity to spend more time with her and Chmerkovskiy’s 3-month-old son, Shai.
“Tomorrow morning, I don’t have to be anywhere,” Murgatroyd said, smiling. “I’ll just stay at home and change diapers.”
With Viall and Kerrigan out of the race, there are still five stars vying for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Chicago Cubs star David Ross, Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei, former bull rider Bonner Bolton, NFL star Rashad Jennings and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.
Dancing With the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.