Lauren Alaina Dedicates DWTS Dance to Cousin Who Fell Into a Coma

DANCING WITH THE STARS – (ABC/Eric McCandless) TOM BERGERON, LAUREN ALAINA, GLEB SAVCHENKO

American Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina is living her best life, competing on Dancing with the Stars. She performed a FOX trot this week (Oct 8), earning 32/40 points landing in a four way tie for fourth place. But as well as she and her professional dance partner, Gleb Savchenko did out on the dance floor, there was a ton of stress behind the scenes

“I had a crazy, crazy week…I’m going to get so emotional,” Lauren told co-host Erin Andrews while she and Gleb waited for their scores. “My cousin Holly had a brain bleed and she slipped into a coma earlier this week. I went home and we missed a few days of rehearsals. And I was like really stressed and my family told me to come here and I want to dedicate the dance to you, Holly. We’re praying for you. We’re believing in a full recover, we love you!”

Prior to performing with Gleb, viewers saw a clip of the pair traveling to Nashville for inspiration. She performed at the legendary Tootsies in front of a small crowd of fans. “Everybody who wants to be a singer, wants to sing at Tootsies,” she said, sharing that it was the first place that she ever performed in Nashville. The singer also had a reunion with her good friend, reigning DWTS champ and American Idol mentor Bobby Bones. “You’re killing it,” Bobby told her. “I get nervous for you watching it at home!”

Lauren and Gleb danced a foxtrot to “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, which was the inspiration for Lauren to head back to Nashville this week. “Dolly influenced my career more than any other artist,” Lauren gushed.

Check out her performance below. Click for the full Dancing with the Stars Week 4 recap, with judges critiques, leaderboard and more.  The judges loved Lauren’ performance! Making the final might be a stretch for her, but she and Gleb will at least come close. 

UPDATE: Her cousin is making a miraculous recovery.

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