Evans’ Dance Partner: “I Love Sara as a Sister”

Tony Dovolani, who partnered with Sara Evans on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, tells CMT Insider that he feels a family bond with the country singer who is going through a very public divorce. “I love Sara as a sister, and I’ve kind of acted like a big brother to her,” he said. “My wife Lena has been lending support to all that we’ve been doing. It’s a little heartbreaking for (Evans) because she has always dreamed of becoming a dancer. As we all know, she broke both her legs when she was 8 years old, and for such a wonderful experience to turn a little bit sour because of whatever is happening in her personal life, it’s kinda sad.” Dovolani says he will remain with the show. Evans is expected to return for the season finale. CMT Insider airs Saturday (Oct. 21) at 2 p.m. ET/PT.