Dancing With The Stars Goes Full On Country

Last night (Nov. 5) ABC’s hit dance competition show, Dancing with the Stars, went full-on country. From live performances by Carly Pearce, LANCO, Lauren Alaina, Cole Swindell, and Chris Janson, to video clips sent in from your favorite country stars, as well as each and every dance number choreographed to country hits, it was a jam-packed night for all country music fans to tune in.

The night kicked off with the cast’s opening number to Luke Bryan’s hit “Move” and later in the evening, the pro-dancers also performed an elegant routine to “Mercy” by Brett Young.  Just like every other night, each “star” and their “pro” were assigned a song and a style of dance. Songs last night included: “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, “Burning Man” by Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver and “One Shot” by Hunter Hayes.

Four of the eight remaining couples were lucky enough to be assisted by live performances from some of our favorite country stars.  Carly Pearce performed “Every Little Thing” with contestants Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe for their rumba. From the smoke on the ground to Pearce’s angelic vocals, this performance was nothing short of breathtaking.

Crowd-pleasers Milo Manheim and Witney Carson were assisted with their foxtrot by the platinum-selling country band, LANCO with their upbeat love song “Born To Love You.” The contestants delivered the foxtrot with perfection while also shining the spotlight on the 2018 CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominees.

Contestants Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten danced the samba to Lauren Alaina’s newest single, “Ladies in the 90’s.” The 2018 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee assisted with a fun performance, styled in a pair of black overalls, sticking to the 90’s theme of her song.

Before well-known country radio DJ, Bobby Bones and his partner Sharna Burgess’ Viennese waltz to CMA Music Video of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominee, Chris Janson’s rendition of the timeless classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Bones received some good luck messages from a few of his superstar friends including Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Dolly Parton, and Dustin Lynch. Originally performed by Elvis Presley, Janson’s version contributed to the elegant feel of the routine and assisted his friend in earning his highest score of the season thus far.

Cole Swindell also stopped by for a performance of his latest single “Love You Too Late.” Closing out the show, the eight couples were split into two teams to choreograph two different freestyle group routines; Team Hay Now and Team Joe Down.

Team Hay Now consisted of Bones and Burgess, Lynch and Motsepe, Manheim and Carson and John Schneider and Emma Slater. Their song was“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton.

Team Joe Down was comprised of Ren and Bersten, DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold, Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson and Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke. Their song was “Country Girl” by Luke Bryan.

You can catch these country stars along with many others next Wednesday night (Nov. 14) at the 2018 CMA Awards airing live from Nashville, Tennessee on ABC at 8/7c.


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