Most people can only dream of what Heaven looks like. For Lauren Alaina, she’s gotten a glimpse through the eyes of her stepfather, which she shared in a tribute to him on Monday night’s episode of Dancing With the Stars.
Lauren on DWTS
Alaina performed a contemporary dance with partner Gleb Savchenko to her newly released song, “The Other Side,” to honor her stepfather, Sam Ramker, on the anniversary of his death. He passed suddenly in 2018 after a seven month battle with cancer.
The country singer originally shared the news on her Instagram page last year. She says Sam opened his eyes on the last day of his life, looked to the ceiling and saw Heaven.
“They shined the brightest I’ve ever seen anyone’s eyes shine, and he said, ‘Jesus.’ We said, ‘What do you see Sam?’ He said, ‘It’s so beautiful.’ Mom asked him who he saw and he told her a bunch of people, including his mama,” Alaina wrote. “He later said, ‘I love you all. I found it.’ My mom asked him what he found and he said, ‘Heaven. I’ve got to go.’ An hour later he went to be with The Lord.”
Lauren and her stepfather
Alaina’s lyrics tell of her stepfather’s account of meeting his loved ones in Heaven.
“He said, I see my mama, she looks about 23/ She’s running my way with the angels/ Right next to Jesus.”
In the song, Alaina’s stepfather leaves her with a promise of what’s to come and that they will see each other again.
“Don’t you cry for me ’cause I’m in God’s glory/ And I can see His face, it’s amazing/ I know you have doubts but I see it right now/ I promise it’s real, keep praying / I’ll be waiting.”
Lauren on DWTS
Savchenko choreographed the dance, explaining to Alaina that he wanted it to be a conversation between her and her father. The heartbreaking and breathtaking performance earned Alaina high praise from the judges and a score of 26/30, securing her a spot in next week’s episode.
“You’re a brave woman,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Alaina. “You touched all of our hearts tonight. It was so beautiful. You should be proud of what you did tonight.”
“I know Sam is with us and is so proud of us all. I am dancing for you tonight Sammy,” she wrote on Instagram. I’m giving mom all the biggest hugs she deserves. We miss you. See you on The Other Side.”
Alaina says Sam was always her number one fan, and now he’s her guardian angel.
To continue following Alaina’s journey on Dancing With the Stars, tune in Monday nights on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.