When to Vote:
The first time the audience can vote is Week 2 on September 23rd. Voting opens at 8p.m. ET / 7p.m. CT/ 5p.m. PT and closes during the last commercial break of the ET/CT broadcast, shortly after all couples have danced. Live votng will only be available during the live show in the Eastern and Central time zones. However, individuals with SMS Text capabilites and/or working access to DWTSVOTE.ABC.GO.com (while the vote is open and active) will be permitted to vote, regardless of time zone, as noted below. Voting will occur weekly as described from 9/23-11/25.
10 votes per couple, per voting method, per voting window - which makes a total of 20 votes for each couple. (e.g. 10 votes for Lauren online and 10 SMS Text votes for Lauren)
How to Vote:
There are two ways to vote: Online & SMS Text
1. Online – Visit DWTSVOTE.ABC.GO.com or abc.com Voters will need to sign up for an ABC account. Voters must be at least 18 years old and in the U.S. or Puerto Rico to vote on ABC.com.
There will be a picture of the couple and their names with “+” and “–” buttons below. Voters will click on the “+” sign to cast up to 10 votes for the couple associated with that button. Once they are done voting, they need to click the “Save Votes” button at the top of the page. That part is very important. Once votes are submitted, voters can edit their votes with the “Change Votes” button if voting hasn’t closed. They will need to click “Save Votes” again if any changes are made.
2. SMS Text – Text LAUREN to 21523 One successful text message equals one vote for that couple. Voters will receive a text message confirming their first vote was submitted and won’t receive another unless they exceed the limit of 10 votes per couple. Voters must have a U.S. phone number/carrier and be in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for votes to count. Message & data rates may apply.
Written by Ceylan Kumbarji
It’s been eight years since Lauren Alaina was the runner up to Scotty McCreery on American Idol, at just seventeen years old. While the show was a great step for her and her career, it hasn’t been plain sailing the whole way. From a whirlwind debut album after the show, it took six years before her second record, ‘Road Less Traveled’, was released.
When Taylor Magazine sat down with Lauren, she reminisced about her trips to Nashville when she was still a young girl. “I recorded a little CD and I took a bunch of them to Music Row and I went there in my cowgirl hat, knocked on the doors and gave them my CDs. That didn’t work out,” she laughed. “Getting into the music industry was a lot of guessing and hoping for the best.”
We caught up with Lauren while she was in London, and discussed everything from writing songs about painful life experiences, what she wished she’d known on American Idol, and the album that changed her life.
Taylor Magazine: How did you get into country music? Tell us a little bit about your journey.
Lauren Alaina: I grew up in Rossville, Georgia, where country music is definitely the most popular kind of music. I grew up listening to R&B and Pop, and all kinds of music, but country always felt the most true to me because of where I grew up . It talks about a lot of things that happen in Georgia. I started singing at three years old, and fell in love with music very early on. It was always my favourite thing to do, to sing and write songs. I don’t remember ever making a conscious decision to be a singer. It was just kind of always that way.
Getting into the music industry was a lot of guessing and hoping for the best. I started travelling to Nashville when I was 11/12. I recorded a little CD and I took a bunch of them to Music Row, and I went there in my cowgirl hat, knocked on the doors and gave them my CDs. That didn’t work out, but I ended up singing downtown. I sang with bands on Broadway and then I was on American Idol. That changed everything for me. I had to work really hard for five or six years to get actual success on radio. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it.
Taylor Magazine: What’s your favourite part of what you do and what’s the most challenging part?
Lauren Alaina: Being on stage, or the meet and greets are my favourite parts. The most challenging is definitely being away from home so much and missing holidays and things. My nephews get twice as big every time I see them!
Taylor Magazine: What’s it like to be in the UK and to be performing here?
Lauren Alaina: The fans here are unlike any I’ve ever been in front of. They’re very excited, they know the music and it’s far away from home, so that’s always surprising to me. It feels like America, but older. I’m here for three weeks, and that’s a long time to be away – typically I’ll be gone for a week at most! We just played the Dixie Fields Festival, and I was really ready for this tour because the fans were amazing and knew all the words to ‘Ladies In The 90s’. They were screaming it so loud I let them take over a chorus!
Following the recent news that multi-award-winning country star Lauren Alaina is a contender on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the platinum-selling singer’s That Girl Was Me Tour scheduled for this fall is shifting to a January start date. Lauren’s That Girl Was Me Tour with special guest Filmore now kicks off with two nights in Nashville Jan. 15-16. Lauren is set to headline Boston, New York, Atlanta and more plus previously unannounced markets. Full tour schedule below with additional dates to come.
Known for her “powerhouse, honey-toned vocals that meld timeless twang with a modern sass” (Rolling Stone), Lauren has earned high praise for her dynamic live show and toured with superstars including Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson and Blake Shelton. On the That Girl Was Me Tour, fans can expect to hear favorites from her No. 1 smash “Road Less Traveled,” the Top 25 hit “Doin’ Fine” and the impassioned “Three,” to the 4x Platinum-selling No.1 “What Ifs,” her latest “Ladies in the ’90s” and much more.
* Additional Dates to be Announced
Mercury Records recording artist Lauren Alaina has been tapped to “take over” the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO), acting as guest host for the month of August. Lauren will share personal stories, her unique perspective on country music, and much more weekdays from 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Wednesday August 7, 2019 through Friday August 30, 2019.
“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing talent for the month of August. Lauren Alaina has a huge following in Southern California and will have fantastic stories to share” stated Go Country 105 station manager Michael Levine.
“I am always thrilled to hang out with my fans in Southern California so I’m super excited to get to talk to them every day for the month of August,” says Lauren. “Thanks Go Country 105 for letting me host the midday show!”
Fans around the world will be able to hear Lauren Alaina each weekday at www.gocountry105.com and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.