NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 07: Nelly performs onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Louisiana Superdome on July 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

“Dancing with the Stars” judge Derek Hough called Nelly’s Samba his “best dance yet!”

I agree with Derek!  Nelly looked much more relaxed and like he was actually having fun during this performance.

It was 80s night, so Nelly’s throwback look included a stonewashed denim vest with “Yung Swivel” written, graffiti-style, on the back (which nicely showed off his defined arm muscles) and he started his dance to DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night” carrying a boombox on his shoulder.

Nelly received 24 out of 30 points for his Samba and was safe from elimination.  I’m really enjoying watching Nelly do his thing in the ballroom.

Nelly's Samba- Dancing with the Stars

Nelly and Daniella Karagach dance the Samba to "Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge on Dancing with the Stars 80s Night! Subscribe: Watch Da...

Of course, Nelly’s “shoe surgeon” had to make him another custom pair of ballroom sneakers for 80s night!  You can check out a video of the colorful Adidas with the fat laces in the link below.