Radio personality Bobby Bones will compete in the 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” which gets underway on September 24. He’s best known for his weekly syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” so he’s following in the footsteps of other radio personalities who have competed on the show: Adam Carolla (season 6), Michael Catherwood (season 12) and Tavis Smiley (season 19). Will Bones’s millions of listeners rally behind him? Before Bones and his competitors hit the dance floor, let’s consider his pros and cons.
Whether or not Bobby Bones turns out to be the best dancer of the bunch, he has a huge country music following. That has proven to be an especially loyal fan base in past seasons, as evidenced by the success of Kellie Pickler (winner, season 16) and Jana Kramer (fourth place, season 23) on the show.
His pro partner Sharna Burgess has reached the finals 4 times out of her past 11 seasons, but she has never won the show despite a few close calls. She was the runner-up with Nick Carter (season 21), James Hinchcliffe (season 23) and Josh Norman (season 26: “Athletes”). Viewers might feel she’s overdue, so Bones could ride a wave of support for her.
Lack of name recognition may hurt Bones. To succeed on “DWTS” it takes dancing skills, strong name recognition, or both to stand out from the pack and make it to the end. While he’s popular with the country music crowd as an on-air personality, he’s not the kind of chart-topping performer everyone will necessarily gravitate towards. Burgess will need to choreograph especially memorable routines that will play to Bobby’s strength and help him become an audience favorite.
The radio personalities who have appeared on the show previously haven’t done so well. Carolla finished 9th, Catherwood finished 11th, and Smiley finished 12th. So history is not on Bobby Bones’s side.
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