Jimmie Allen Makes His ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Debut with an Impressive Tango

Country hitmaker Jimmie Allen made his Dancing with the Stars debut on Monday evening (Sept. 20) and absolutely crushed it. …


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September 20, 2021


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Country hitmaker Jimmie Allen made his Dancing with the Stars debut on Monday evening (Sept. 20) and absolutely crushed it. 

Ahead of his performance, Allen admitted he was “nervous to death.”

“I dance on stage, but this is a whole different type of dancing,” Allen shared. 

The “Freedom Was A Highway” singer revealed that he chose to go on the show to be an ambassador for country music and also because he’s “competitive as hell.”


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“He has no ego, he’s just there to work hard,” his partner, dance pro and Season 24 champion, Emma Slater, complimented. 

“I’m ready to learn and get my tango on,” Allen added.

The platinum-selling country star performed a Tango with Slater and looked confident and poised as he moved across the dance floor. The pair’s Tango was set to Timberland feat. Keri Hilson’s hit single, “The Way I Are.”

Allen’s pregnant wife, Alexis, cheered him on from the audience. 


His performance impressed most of the judges. 

“Wow, Jimmie, let me say this dance does not suit your personality,“ Len Goodman said. “You’re a cool sort of guy, relaxed. I’m sure that there’s a lot more talent in there than we saw on that dance floor. You’re going to be loose, you’re going to go a long way. You’ve got great potential.”

“That was an amazing… I don’t know what’s going on tonight, but everyone’s been really, really good,” Derek Hough added. “That was an incredible week one frame, honestly. The one thing I would just say is just keeping consistent because it was good and then every once in a while it would go woo, and it would drop down, but you have it. You know you can do it, you just got to be a little more consistent but great, great tango brother. Great job!”


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“You did manage to keep the tango on track but with a few skips along the way,” Bruno Tonioli pointed out. “It’s a very difficult dance because you have to think about it like a stalking cat, there has to be a consistency, an incredible control. There were some good moment, but it was very uneven. So work on it because you could be very good.” 

“Jimmie, great job first time out there,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “Very, very tough dance. There’s a lot of specificity and I think that’s what everybody’s pointing to, but I think you started off… great job.”

Overall, Allen earned a total score of 22/40.

Fans can vote for Jimmie Allen by texting JIMMIE to 21523. 

Allen is appearing on the hit show alongside various including 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. 

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC. 

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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.