Lauren Alaina Feeling ‘Excited’ and ‘Scared’ Ahead of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere
Lauren Alaina is set to make her debut on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars tonight and this morning, she called into…
Lauren Alaina; Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood International
Lauren Alaina is set to make her debut on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars tonight and this morning, she called into The Bobby Bones Show to chat with Bobby Bones, who happens to be the reigning DWTS champion, about how she’s feeling ahead of the premiere.
“Excited. Scared. My feet hurt, I am feeling all of those things,” the Georgia native confessed. “My body feels like I got hit by a dump truck, but other than that everything is great.”
Alaina, who postponed her headling tour to go on DWTS, even admitted to having a few doubts about going on the show.
“I have had these moments along the way that I am like, ‘What am I doing? What have I done?’ I am so scared, but I have gotten a lot better,” she shared. “I am not a good dancer. I discovered that the first day, it’s not my thing, but my partner has been very patient with me and I am getting much better.”
“It’s hard,” she continued. “It’s not like going into a bar and dancing, it’s like point your toe, put your shoulders back, squeeze every muscle in your entire body until you can’t breathe.”
When Bones asked Alaina how her boyfriend, comedian John Crist, felt about her appearing on the show, she revealed that they had broken up.
“I don’t have a boyfriend anymore,” she told Bones and his co-hosts. “There’s no big story. We were like best friends before we dated and we’re still best friends, it just didn’t work out.”
Alaina will compete on Dancing With the Stars alongside 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. An injury sidelined supermodel Christie Brinkley at the last minute, leaving her 21-year-old daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, to take her place competing on the show.
Dancing With the Stars premieres tonight at 8/7 c 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.