Lauren Alaina Makes Impressive ‘DWTS’ Debut

Lauren Alaina made her debut on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday and her first dance did not disappoint….


Lauren Jo Black

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September 17, 2019


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Lauren Alaina made her debut on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday and her first dance did not disappoint.

The Georgia native, who is paired with DWTS pro Gleb Savchenko, turned heads with a cha cha to a version of Shania Twain’s iconic hit, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” Earning an impressive 19/30 for their first routine, Savchenko was praised for the routine and Alaina received a compliment from Carrie Ann Inaba regarding her loose movements.

Ahead of the long-awaited season 28 premiere, Alaina called into The Bobby Bones Show to chat with host and reigning DWTS champ, Bobby Bones, about how she was feeling going into her big DWTS debut.

“Excited. Scared. My feet hurt, I am feeling all of those things,” the 24-year-old confessed. “My body feels like I got hit by a dump truck, but other than that everything is great.”

During their conversation, Alaina also revealed that she and comedian John Crist had ended their relationship.

“There’s no big story,” she shared. “We were like best friends before we dated and we’re still best friends, it just didn’t work out.”

The current season of Dancing With the Stars 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 Mondays at 8/7 c 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.