Jimmie Allan Joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 30
Country hitmaker Jimmie Allen will soon be dancing his heart out on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! The “Freedom Was…
Jimmie Allen; Photo by John Russell, CMA
Country hitmaker Jimmie Allen will soon be dancing his heart out on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!
The “Freedom Was A Highway” singer has officially joined the cast of the hit show, just days after Country Now predicted he would be among the lineup.
The news was announced on Good Morning America on Wednesday (Sept. 8). Also confirmed to appear on the upcoming season are The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots, actor Brian Austin Green, Bling Empire star Christine Chiu, Peleton instructor Cody Rigsby, former NBA player Iman Shumpert, actress/singer JoJo Siwa, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kenya Moore, Cobra Kai‘s Martin Kove, The Bachelor’s Matt James, Spice Girls’ Melanie C., Transparent‘s Melora Hardin, wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, YouTube star Olivia Jade, and Olympic gymnast Suni Lee.
Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will return to the judges panel for the 30th season, while Tyra Banks will return as host for the second season.
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ABC hinted that Jimmie Allen would be joining the cast with a post to a the Dancing With The Stars Instagram page. The post suggested that a country singer was joining the cast and the caption had all signs pointing to Allen.
“Go ahead, take your best shot. If you can figure out who this celeb is, sing it loud,” the caption read.
This was a reference to Allen’s debut single, “Best Shot.”
The image showcased the infamous DWTS mirror ball as well as a trumpet, which is likely a reference to Jimmie Allen’s recently released children’s book, My Voice Is A Trumpet.
Allen isn’t the first country star to join the hit show.
Other artists who have previously competed on Dancing with the Stars include Jana Kramer, Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bobby Bones and Kellie Pickler.
Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere on Monday, September 20 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.