There are not one, but two “Dancing With the Stars” alumni who took part in CBS’ new reality show, “Secret Celebrity Renovation” this summer — winner Emmitt Smith and semifinalist Lauren Alaina. Read on for all the details about Smith’s episode, which airs Friday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on CBS.
Smith is Renovating His Father’s Home
According to the CBS press release, the Hall of Fame running back is taking an emotional journey home to help out his elderly father.
“Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith returns to Pensacola, FL to renovate the humble home he grew up in for his father, Emmitt Smith II, on an emotional ‘Secret Celebrity Renovation,'” it reads.
Smith was the “Dancing With the Stars” Mirrorball champion from season 3, when he was partnered with Cheryl Burke. He returned for the all-stars season, season 15, and was again partnered with Burke. There they took fourth place behind Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (third), Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough (second), and Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovonali (winners).
His storied football career is undoubtedly littered with coaches and teachers who made a huge difference in his life but it’s neat that he chose to help his father. We wonder if his wife or any of his children will be on hand to help out. Smith married Patricia Southall in 2000 and they have three children together, plus his daughter Rheagan, a recent college grad, and Southall’s daughter Jasmine, both from previous relationships.
On Alaina’s episode of “Secret Celebrity Renovation,” she helped “transform the Georgia home of her former cheerleading coach,” according to the CBS description.
Alaina’s former mentor is Susan Bradley, her high school teacher and cheerleading coach. The Chattanooga Times Free Press says that Bradley has taught psychology in the Catoosa County Schools system for nearly 30 years. Alaina revealed during her episode of the show that Bradley actually came to Los Angeles sto stay with her when she was competing on “American Idol.”
“There is no one else that I would pick over her [for this project]. I struggled a bit and she always pushed me to try harder. She was like my second mom, she was my cheerleading coach, she became my tutor in high school … she just really believed in me,” said Alaina, adding, “When I was on ‘American Idol,’ she came out and stayed with me part-time so my mom could come home for my brother’s graduation. I’m really close with her.”
Alaina took runner-up on “American Idol” season 10 when she was just 15 years old. More recently, she competed in season 28 of “Dancing With the Stars” alongside Gleb Savchenko. They finished in fourth place behind Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber (third), Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson (second), and Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten (winners).
This is Alaina’s second big announcement of June 2021. She also revealed to her fans that she is making her Hallmark Channel debut in September with the romantic comedy “Roadhouse Romance,” co-starring frequent Hallmark movie star Tyler Hynes.
Other Celebrities Include Award-Winning Entertainers & Reality Stars
The other celebrities participating on the show include Grammy-winning singer/choreographer and former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, five-time “Survivor” player and one-time winner Boston Rob Mariano, Emmy-winning comedian Wayne Brady, former NFL MVP and current sports analyst Boomer Esiason, Grammy-winning singer Eve, Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “In the Heights” star Anthony Ramos and NBA player Chris Paul.
“Entertainment Tonight” correspondent Nischelle Turner is the host and the design team includes Jason Cameron of “While You Were Out” and Sabrina Soto of “Trading Spaces.”
“Whether they’re ‘In The Heights,’ in the end zone, in tribal council or beyond, our ‘Secret Celebrity Renovation’ stars have wowed America through their work, and now they can give something back to the most pivotal person from their hometown past,” said executive producer Bob Horowitz in a statement.
In an Instagram post about the show, Turner couldn’t help but gush about her team and all the celebrities who are taking part.
It’s a date!!! We are so excited to premiere Secret Celebrity Renovation July 9th on @cbstv! I can’t wait for you all to see celebs like @cp3 @jessetyler @laurenalaina @emmittsmith22 @anthonyramosofficial go back to their hometowns and change the life of someone who made a HUGE difference in theirs! Not only am I hosting this show I’m a producer for the first time and that means everything! Me and the kick ass design team @sabrina_soto @jcamerontv are bringing the love, light and CRAZY GOOD TRANSFORMATIONS! I love these folks and you will too!
“Dancing With the Stars” season 30 is expected to premiere in September 2021 on ABC. “Secret Celebrity Renovation” premieres Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on CBS.
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