WATCH: Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater’s ‘Outrageous’ Salsa Has the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judges Conflicted

Country star Jimmie Allen returned to the ballroom on Monday evening’s episode of Dancing with the Stars and blew viewers…


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October 4, 2021


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Country star Jimmie Allen returned to the ballroom on Monday evening’s episode of Dancing with the Stars and blew viewers away once again with his impressive dance moves.

The country hitmaker and his DWTS partner, Emma Slater, joined forces to dance to Britney Spears’ “Outrageous,” during “Britney Night,” which was a full-on celebration of Spears’ iconic music.

Prior to their Salsa, Allen opened up about his inspiration to push himself while on the show, admitting that his pregnant wife, Lexi, and his two children at home, are his reason for trying his best on the dance floor.

“It feels great to earn the judge’s respect, but the one person I look to impress every week is my wife,” he gushed. Alexis is amazing, from the first time I met her she felt like home to me, and it matters. That moment when you have someone and little ones to provide for. They’re my reason, my wife and my kids. Matter of fact, got me all emotional, why don’t we FaceTime them.

His wife and daughter then appeared from home via FaceTime.

“I miss y’all a lot. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you,” Allen tearfully shared.

Alexis shared her excitement over Britney Night, telling Allen, ““She is my queen.”

She added, “It’s going to be so good. You’re doing such a good job, I love you.”

Donning hot pink outfits, the “Freedom Was A Highway” singer and Slater performed their best Salsa as the audience and judges looked on.

After the confetti poured down upon the dancers awaited their results as the judges provided commentary.

“Well, Jimmie, first of all, real men do cry, so don’t worry about crying. It just shows you’re sensitive,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “Now, as far as the dance goes, I don’t know what you’re doing with your fists. You got a little wonky fist going on, and it distracted me the whole dance because it didn’t look like you were strong. It kind of looked like you were shrinking in.”

The crowd booed in disagreement.

Inaba continued, “The lifts, the ins and outs were just a little rough. The last one you nailed.”


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Len Goodman also shared a few constructive criticisms, telling the pair, “I like the nice, easy, action of it, and it had rhythm all the time. Sometimes your steps were a little bit big, which you could’ve done them slightly smaller and given yourself slightly stronger hip action. The lifts… the last lift, I didn’t think was in character with the dance, and the other ones were a little bit dodgy…”

Once again, the audience booed.

“They must have been watching another show, don’t you worry because I thought when you let loose it all flows beautifully,” Bruno Tonioli added. “Actually, the side by side… were absolutely on it. The rhythm, the hips, it was going brilliantly. So listen to reason and listen to me. That was good.”

Allen and Slater ultimately earned a six from Inaba, a six from Goodman and an eight from Tonioli – finishing out week three with a 20/30.

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 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.