• Biography

Bobby Bones is an American radio and television personality best known for presenting the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show and serving as a full-time mentor on ABC's American Idol. With Sharna Burgess, he was the winner of season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. He's also the author of two New York Times best-selling books.


Bobby Estell Bones Bones was born on April 2, 1980, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and raised in Mountain Pine, Arkansas. He claims that his mother became pregnant with him when he was 15 years old, and his father was 17 years old. His mother and maternal grandmother raised him. His biological father remained with him until he was five years old, after which he abandoned the family. Around the age of five, Bones began fantasizing about a future in radio. In 2014, his mother died at the age of 49 after battling addiction issues.

He grew up underprivileged and saw radio as a way to get away from it. Bones began his radio career at Henderson State University's campus station, KSWH-FM "The Pulse," when he was 17 years old. In 2002, he earned a B.A. in Radio/Television from Henderson. Bobby Bones is an alumnus from Henderson State University with a degree in radio and television.


Bobby started his radio broadcasting voyage in 2002 after he took the name of Bones. In 2002, 'Q100/KQAR' contracted him and gave him a choice of going on-air as Bobby Z or Bobby Bones. He chose the second name, which would change his life forever.

In February 2013, 'The Bobby Bones Show' was made accessible to a broad audience utilizing iHeartRadio and got national syndication with Premiere Networks. He at that point hosted the debut iHeartRadio County Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in 2014.

He has won four consecutive Best Radio Personality by the Austin Music Awards since 2004. His program 'The Bobby Bones Show' got the honor for the Nest Radio Program in 2007 and 2008. He, at that point, proceeded to win National On-Air Personality of the year.

He holds the Dancing with the Stars title as he was chosen in front of the pack of Season 27 alongside his dance partner Sharna Burgess. The pair was declared as the dance champs on November 19, 2018.

Personal Life

Bobby Bones was dating Canadian Country Music Singer Lindsay Ell since 2016. The couple was companions for quite a long time before they eventually started dating one another. In 2016, they kept their relationship mysterious as Bobby expected that his career would negatively affect her.

Bobby and Lindsay were upbeat in their relationship until they chose to get away from one another in October 2017. Both consented to break up because they would not like to hamper their careers because of this relationship. There was too much mixing of personal lives and careers that brought down their love. Bobby started dating Caitlin Parker, and the couple got engaged in October 2020.

Bones and his crew were part of a team that set the Guinness World Record for "Most hunger relief meals packaged in one hour (team)" on September 28, 2013.

Bones announced his intention to run for governor of Arkansas in the 2018 election on January 3, 2017. Bones confirmed his withdrawal from the race on March 14, 2017.

Date modified: Aug 4, 2021
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