We had a feeling Danell Leyva would do well on “Mira Quien Baila,” the Latin version of “Dancing with the Stars.”
The Cuban born gymnast, 26, is a natural, on the mat, and on the dance floor.
It’s as if he prepared his entire life for this opportunity — and now Leyva is in the final three.
“I learned to dance alone, and later with my friends, a kind of street dance called Krumping,” Leyva told El Nuevo Herald.
But he wasn’t totally prepared for the kind of demanding, intricate choreography of his sometime partner, fellow finalist Ana Patricia Gámez, who won the crown of Nuestra Belleza Latina in 2010.
The two work hard and play hard.
“We have fun together,” the Olympic athlete added. “We have a very similar sense of humor, even on hard days.
There’s no romantic connection between the two, though, just chemistry: Leyva is happily with longtime girlfriend, fellow gymnast/Floridian/UCLA student Giulianna Pino.
“I can’t explain how much she supports me in all aspects of life,” he gushed. “She doesn’t get jealous at all because she knows I’m doing this for work. She is happy to see me do well.”
Watch the finals on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on Univision. The prize is $50,000. If Leyva wins, the animal lover plans to donate it to the ASPCA.
Marc Anthony’s ex wife Dayanara Torres is in the finals as well.
Expected at the final show is Beau “Casper” Smart, a professional choreographer who used to date Jennifer Lopez.
Another pop up guest is Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez, last year’s Dancing with the Stars winner. She’ll be showing off her dance moves alongside Leyva, her former Olympic USA teammate. They’re set to do a foxtrot and tango number.