Country radio host Bobby Bones made his Dancing with the Stars debut Monday night (September 24), and he sure made us proud!
Bones is perhaps little known outside of country music, but those who do know him are pulling for him to win the coveted mirrorball trophy. Known as “The Most Powerful Man in Country Music,” Bones came from a modest upbringing in a small Arkansas town and overcame great odds to climb his way to the top of the radio talk show ladder. The 38-year old has almost single-handedly kickstarted the careers of some of country music’s biggest stars, including Chris Janson and Cam. He also appeared on American Idol last season where he mentored finalists.
Bones’s appearance on the 27th season of Dancing with the Stars is giving the host a chance to show fans a new side of himself outside of the country music industry. In the days leading up to his DWTS debut, Bones often shared the frustrations of rehearsals on Instagram and claimed that he was clearly the underdog and the least famous of the celebrities competing this season.
But, just like every other obstacle Bones has faced during his life, he has set out to prove the critics wrong. In a candid Instagram post made one week prior to his first televised dance, Bones wrote, “You guys may have seen I was picked last on the show. And you may have seen people saying that I don’t deserve to be on the show. Nothing worth having is easily attained. If you are reading this, you are me. We have always been told we shouldn’t and couldn’t. That doesn’t stop us from trying to prove to ourselves that we can say it, see it, and be it.”
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You guys may have seen I was picked last on the show. And you may have seen people saying that I don’t deserve to be on the show. Nothing worth having is easily attained. If you are reading this, you are me. We have always been told we shouldn’t and couldn’t. That doesn’t stop us from trying to prove to ourselves that we can say it, see it, and be it. I’m definitely not like anyone else here in Hollywood land. Im not a pop star, or athlete, or gymnast or have millions of followers. But I do feel like I am representing you . And until they remove me from the radio, from traveling to perform in front of you, from helping others and from this crazy show. I’m going to give it all I have. Appreciate your support. Tired but grateful. Lets do it again tomorrow .
A nervous Bones took to the dance floor alongside his partner Sharna Burgess Monday night and performed an intoxicating jive choreographed to Travis Tritt’s hit song “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” If his debut performance is any indication, there could very well be a mirrorball trophy, or at the very least a place in the finals, for Bobby Bones. Bones pulled out all the stops and wowed the audience with his impressive rhythm and moves. At the conclusion of the dance, Bobby couldn’t contain his excitement over nailing his routine and erupted in a fit of fist bumps, jumps and running around the dance floor.
Bobby’s outburst drew much attention on social media with many voicing criticism, but his fans threw their full support behind him and praised him for his unbridled excitement.
Watch Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess’s Dancing with the Stars debut in the video below.