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The Band Perry Perform ‘If I Die Young’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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It’s been a couple of countrified weeks on that ratings bonanza that is ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ The Band Perry followed last week’s guest, Blake Shelton, on last night’s episode, cruising through their much-adored smash ballad ‘If I Die Young.’

The twangy tune might seem like a bit of an odd choice for a pair to dance to on a show such as this, but the execution worked. The dancing was pretty and artistic, and the tempo of the song allowed it to be a strong selection on the reality dance competition. For a few minutes, it was as though the Band Perry were engaged in some sort of performance art installation.

Kimberly Perry and her brothers performed with dozens of tea lights surrounding them onstage, illuminating their silhouettes and giving off a romantic glow since they weren’t quite so visible. While that added an element of mystique, that’s the one odd quality that comes with performing on ‘DWTS’:  The band is not the focal point. Instead, the dancing is. The camera only panned on Kimberly and the band a handful of times.

Reality talent competitions are being overtaken by country stars in 2011. From Scotty McCreery‘s ‘American Idol’ win to the aforementioned Shelton’s role as a coach on ‘The Voice,’ the genre is well-represented on mainstream TV.

Watch the Band Perry Sing ‘If I Die Young’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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