Lauren Alaina Feeling More Confident Ahead Of Second Week Of ‘DWTS’

After making an impressive debut on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars last Monday, Lauren Alaina is feeling…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 23, 2019


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Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko; Photo Courtesy ABC/Craig Sjodin

After making an impressive debut on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars last Monday, Lauren Alaina is feeling more confident and is ready to strut her stuff with partner Gleb Savchenko tonight.

The Georgia native woke up early to dial into The Bobby Bones Show this morning, where she opened up about how she’s feeling going into the second week of the show. Joking that she’s practiced dancing “too many” hours over the past week, Alaina shared that dancing has pretty much consumed her life at this point.

“All I do is dance and when I’m not dancing, I’m sitting on the couch replaying it in my head,” she confessed to host and reigning DWTS champ, Bobby Bones. “I’ve never in my life thought about counting more…I’m like 5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 3 ,4… Everywhere I go, it’s like all I do is think about the dance.”

Last week, the 24-year-old danced a cha cha to a version of Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” She admitted that she was “so nervous” but felt some relief after earning a 19/30 score from the judges.

Lauren Alaina; Dancing with the Stars
Lauren Alaina; Dancing with the Stars

“Once I sat down in that chair to do the dance, it was like that the performer in me took over and then I was able to do it. The biggest thing I was so worried about was smiling because when you’re so focused it’s hard to smile,” she explained. “But I did and I got the third-highest score of the night, which was very unexpected. I was so proud, I was really proud. It gave me more confidence to do this week. It made me feel like okay, maybe I can do this because I was very nervous that I was going to get out there and forget all of the steps or something cause I’ve never danced and it is so intimidating to be dancing with someone who’s one of the best dancers in the world and you don’t know what you’re doing at all.”

The singer remained tight-lipped about tonight’s performance, however, she shared that she and Gleb will be dancing a Paso Doble.

The current season of DWTS also features 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 airs tonight 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 and her work being featured on 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.