‘DWTS’ Is a Good ‘Shift of Gears’

A nice break! Dancing With the StarsWhile it might be physically demanding, Gabby WindeyShe revealed that it was a refreshing pace change after her dramatic turns. The Bachelorette The Bachelor.

The Bachelor is really emotional,” the reality star, 31, told Us WeeklyThursday, September 8, 2008, ahead of the Dancing With the Stars season 31 premiere. “It was challenging in so many ways. You have to really get to know yourself, make yourself vulnerable, try and make the right decision.”

Gabby Windey
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DWTS, in contrast is “more physical,” the former NFL cheerleader explained. “[It’s] a challenge in a different way,” the Illinois native told Us. “I think it will be a good shift of gears a little bit to kind of balance out the high emotion of my last experience.”

Filming for Gabby’s season of The Bachelorette is already over, but viewers won’t find out how everything shakes out until the two-part finale begins on Tuesday, September 13. The ICU nurse only has one suitor left — Erich Schwer — but fans don’t yet know whether the real estate analyst, 29, proposed.

Gabby, on the other hand, was coy and joking. Us that she “would do it all over again” before winking and adding, “Just kidding.”

A University of Colorado Colorado Springs graduate is just one of many Bachelor Nation members who will be competing DWTS. The last two Bachelorettes who appeared on the show — Hannah Brown Kaitlyn Beristowe — both took home the mirrorball trophy.

“No pressure!” Gabby joked. “None.”

The 26th season BachelorAlum is teaming up with Val Chmerkovskiy, whose last DWTS victory came in 2016’s season 23 with partner Laurie Hernandez. Gabby explained that her winning strategy was to simply follow the instructions of the Ukrainian native, 36.

“Listen to everything that Val says and work hard and hopefully just have some fun,” she told UseShe has many plans for the season. “They just say to be yourself. So, we’ll see if that’s enough.”

Gabby Windey: ‘DWTS’ Is a Good ‘Shift of Gears’ After ‘Challenging’ Season of 'Bachelorette'

Jason Alabaster and Gabby Windey on ‘The Bachelorette.’
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Gabby, however, believes he has a good chance of winning it all. “I actually have a partner that gives me a legit shot,” he told Us. “She’s a great teammate, great partner, great mover. She can move, so I have all the elements that I need.”

Mirrorball or no, the ABC personality is happy to compete with Teresa Giudice, who’s paired with Pasha Pashkov.

“I’ve definitely been trying to, like, be next to her,” Gabby said of the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 50. “Trying [to get on]Her positive side. … I’m like, ‘Hey,’ but she’s not really biting, which is good. The cast is simply amazing. I feel like there’s so many big personalities, so many great performers.”

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Christina Garibaldi reporting