Bobby Bones Shares His Thoughts On Lauren Alaina Joining ‘Dancing With the Stars’
“People are gonna fall in love with her,” he says.
Bobby Bones, Lauren Alaina; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Academy of Country Music
Bobby Bones, multi-talented media personality, host of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show and reigning Dancing With the Stars champion, attended the ACM Honors event in Nashville on Wednesday where he presented both the ACM Industry Awards and ACM Studio Recording Awards.
Prior to the star-studded show, Bones walked the blue carpet, where he stopped to chat with Country Now about the Dancing With the Stars cast announcement and shared his thoughts on country star Lauren Alaina competing on the show.
“I have given her about a thousand hours of advice,” Bones revealed. “She calls me about every night now, which is fantastic. I’m like, ‘Lauren, whatever you need, anytime.’ She’s taken me up on that.”
Bones said that he initially encouraged Alaina to join the show after she performed on the country-themed episode of DWTS during his season. Later that year, the pair returned to that same studio to shoot Family Feud and that’s when he gave her another nudge.
“I was like, ‘Lauren, this show is right up your alley,’” he recalled. “She doesn’t know how to dance. I was like, ‘I don’t either.’”
Bones is convinced Alaina will “be great” on the show.
“People are gonna fall in love with her,” he said. “I am Lauren Alaina all the way, me and all my people are. We’re very excited for her.”
Alaina will compete alongside Christie Brinkley, The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, Dawson’s Creek’s James Van Der Beek, NFL legend Ray Lewis, former Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke, NBA star Lamar Odom, Kenan and Kel star Kel Mitchell, former Supremes singer Mary Wilson, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and The Office star Kate Flannery on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, which is set to premiere September 16 on ABC.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.