Nick Viall just finished being the leading suitor on The Bachelor. He narrowed his field of 30 women down to just one and proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi. But, before Nick inches his way towards a televised wedding ceremony, he will compete on Dancing With The Stars. Nick is not the first Bachelor to hit the stage. Both Sean Lowe and Chris Soules traded roses for dancing shoes after their own proposals. But neither of them made it very far. However, videos of Nick Viall dancing before DWTS shows that the Bachelor can certainly hold his own. The competition is stiff this year, but I think Nick will shimmy his way towards the upper middle.
The basic premise of Dancing With The Stars is that a group of celebrities learn to dance and compete with professional dancers. This year, more than ever before, a portion of the celebrities are professional dancers. (More on that in a minute.) So, Nick may not steal the Mirrorball trophy (it would certainly be an underdog story if he did), but he most likely won't crash and burn on the dancing show. These videos prove that Nick's got (some) moves.
Nick was an avid dancer on The Bachelor (as seen above on his date with Rachel.) He also danced with The Backstreet Boys on the best group date ever. In every dancing situation The Bachelor put Nick in, he handled it with grace and rhythm. On their New Orleans date Rachel said of Nick:
If Nick can dance boldly down the streets of New Orleans, perhaps he can dance with confidence on the ballroom floor. He certainly seems confident (like in the below video) even if his moves are nothing revolutionary. Sometimes half of the competition is just making it look good and having a good time.
I'm not saying Nick is going to be a frontrunner out of the gate but he seems to have rhythm and flow. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Nick's partner Peta discussed his strengths and weaknesses as a dancer. She said that because of Nick's athletic past, he is quick on his feet and picking up the moves but that he has to work on his arms.
The competition is insane this year, especially for the women. The ladies seem closer to professional dancers than random celebrities who want to learn. Heather Morris may not be trained in ballroom but she danced professionally for Beyoncé and made it to semi-finals of So You Think You Can Dance before her time on Glee. Normani Kordei dances a ton on tour with Fifth Harmony. Not to mention Simone Biles is a gold medal gymnast doing floor routines that are dance heavy. This is the reason I think Nick's rhythm still does not put him necessarily in a winning position.
I have full faith that Nick will have fun on Dancing With The Stars and possibly make it deep into the competition. While Nick might not be a professional dancer, he is definitely a professional reality TV contestant. So, he's got that part down.