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‘Masked Dancer’s Gabby Douglas Reflects On ‘Extraordinary’ Win & Explains That Crazy Fall

Gabby Douglas is your first-ever ‘Masked Dancer’ champion! HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Olympian about performing as Cotton Candy, that surprising fall, and extra.

Gabby Douglas, 25, is aware of what it feels wish to win, and the Olympic gold medalist is a champion as soon as once more. During The Masked Dancer finale on Feb. 17, Gabby was topped the present’s first winner. The gymnast was revealed as Cotton Candy after weeks of powerful competitors.

HollywoodLife chatted EXCLUSIVELY with the Olympian about her Masked Dancer journey. Gabby admitted that she’s “never done anything like this before” and loved each minute of it. She additionally revealed how she was feeling proper after that jaw-dropping fall whereas rehearsing for one in all her earlier performances. Read our full Q&A under:

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Gabby Douglas throughout her ultimate ‘Masked Dancer’ efficiency. (FOX)

You are not any stranger to being a winner, however what have been you feeling in that second if you have been topped The Masked Dancer champion? 
Gabby Douglas: I used to be like, that is the Olympics once more as a result of it was such a enjoyable expertise. It took loads of onerous work and energy, nevertheless it was such enjoyable work. If I might do it once more I might as a result of it was a rare expertise.

What was it in regards to the Cotton Candy costume that basically stood out to you? 
Gabby Douglas: I liked her totally different layers. I liked her massive skirt, I liked her sweet items, and her sweet crown on the highest. There have been little gumdrops and little candies throughout and glitter on her outfit. I liked her lashes and large smile and sweet head. Wardrobe did such an incredible job together with her costume, and I liked each inch of that costume.

What was it like performing within the costume? 
Gabby Douglas: I’ve by no means achieved something like this earlier than. It was so totally different as a result of I’m used to performing with simply me and never with the entire get-up. It was enjoyable. I acquired to go exterior of myself, do one thing so new, be in character, and likewise dance on the identical time. It was actually enjoyable.

In your ultimate efficiency, you probably did a entrance tuck in addition to entrance walkovers and again walkovers. How did you retain the masks on? I used to be so scared it was going to fall off.
Gabby Douglas: I used to be actually questioning about that piece, too. They had a buckle below my chin, so the masks matches fairly tight. It wobbled right here and there, nevertheless it didn’t fly off.

For your ultimate efficiency, do you know from the start that you just needed to include a few of your gymnastics films understanding that is perhaps a giveaway? 
Gabby Douglas: I used to be able to go for it. I used to be speaking with my producer. I completely love him. I used to be like, “Do you think we should flip or will that give it away?” He’s like, “We got to go out with a bang.” And I’m like, “You know what? Let’s go! Add everything into this performance, and I’ll leave it out on the floor.” So that’s what we did. The judges have been shut anyway, so we have been like, why not?

How did you are feeling if you noticed Ashley Tisdale tearing up over your ultimate efficiency?
Gabby Douglas: She made me cry. I used to be already emotional that day as a result of it was the final efficiency and my final time with everybody. But I used to be so glad that I acquired to precise all my feelings and emotions and efficiency. And I used to be so blissful that reached the judges.

Dance and gymnastics are totally different, however they do have some similarities. How would you say your gymnastics coaching helped you when it comes to studying routines?
Gabby Douglas: So I used to be very lucky to have no less than some sort of rhythm and being very quick at selecting up choreography. But it is extremely totally different as a result of dancing is all about feeling and emotion and vibe and keenness. Whereas gymnastics you do get slightly little bit of a really feel for that, nevertheless it’s extra static poses as an alternative of transferring and doing totally different genres of dance.

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Gabby Douglas competing her ground routine. (AP)

Do you could have a favourite efficiency?
Gabby Douglas: I can’t even decide. I liked each single efficiency as a result of I acquired to take action many cool issues and methods in character and vibe to each single one in all them. So I don’t know if I can decide.

In one in all your earlier performances, you truly had that basically terrifying fall. What was going by means of your head in that second if you fell? 
Gabby Douglas: I used to be like, I can’t consider I simply fell. It occurred so quick, and I needed to make it so stunning. I wasn’t paying consideration. My left shoulder was exterior of the ring and the costume, after all, added additional weight. That’s after I fell. But I used to be like, I can’t consider I fell, however let me examine my enamel as a result of I don’t need any chips or enamel lacking. Everything was advantageous. I acquired up and was like, let’s do it once more.

Did you suppose you have been harm? Or have been you instantly advantageous after you fell?
Gabby Douglas: I used to be good. I gave myself only a few minutes to ensure I didn’t transfer too shortly, simply in case. I used to be splayed on the bottom, however I used to be so lucky to have the Cotton Candy outfit on as a result of she did pad the autumn for me. I used to be tremendous grateful. But I used to be checking my enamel for no less than two minutes that I used to be on the bottom. Everybody was freaking out. And I’m like, you guys, I’m advantageous. I simply acquired up and was like, I’m good.

Was there a second the place you didn’t wish to strive the aerial transfer once more?
Gabby Douglas: No, I used to be like, I’ve to get proper again up there and do it. Everyone mentioned to take a second and take a breath. I’m like, no, I actually wish to do that. I wish to make it so superb as a result of it was such a phenomenal piece. I actually needed to do it justice. I didn’t wish to change something as a result of it was so, so stunning and so good as it’s.

You have carried out on the world’s greatest stage. This is slightly bit totally different for you. What has The Masked Dancer meant to you and simply the expertise of doing one thing utterly totally different than what you’ve achieved earlier than? 
Gabby Douglas: It means a lot to me. Just to have the ability to have this superb journey, in my thoughts, I can’t even put phrases to it. The entire total expertise was so enjoyable. I liked each single problem. I liked placing in onerous work and energy. It has actually impressed and simply type of woke up this ardour in me to even dance extra.

The Olympics are developing. What is your standing with that? What are your plans for 2021? 
Gabby Douglas: Honestly, I’m taking it sooner or later at a time. Are we nonetheless going to have the Olympics? I don’t know, however we’ll undoubtedly see.

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