Bobby Bones, multi-talented media personality, host of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show and reigning Dancing With the Stars champion, attended the ACM Honors event in Nashville on Wednesday where he presented both the ACM Industry Awards and ACM Studio Recording Awards.
Prior to the star-studded show, Bones walked the blue carpet, where he stopped to chat with Country Now about the Dancing With the Stars cast announcement and shared his thoughts on country star Lauren Alaina competing on the show.
“I have given her about a thousand hours of advice,” Bones revealed. “She calls me about every night now, which is fantastic. I’m like, ‘Lauren, whatever you need, anytime.’ She’s taken me up on that.”
Bones said that he initially encouraged Alaina to join the show after she performed on the country-themed episode of DWTS during his season. Later that year, the pair returned to that same studio to shoot Family Feud and that’s when he gave her another nudge.
“I was like, ‘Lauren, this show is right up your alley,'” he recalled. “She doesn’t know how to dance. I was like, ‘I don’t either.'”
Bones is convinced Alaina will “be great” on the show.
“People are gonna fall in love with her,” he said. “I am Lauren Alaina all the way, me and all my people are. We’re very excited for her.”
Alaina will compete alongside Christie Brinkley, 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 on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, which is set to premiere September 16 on ABC.