Jessie James Decker Pays Homage To Her Son During “DWTS” Elvis-Inspired Performance

Jessie James Decker: “I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made and how much I am learning.”

Jessie James Decker is getting comfortable on the “Dancing With The Stars” ballroom floor. 

Season 31 is officially in full swing, and the “Should Have Known Better” singer has dominated Elvis Night. Decker and her partner Alan Bersten went head-to-head with their fierce competition and performed the foxtrot to “Trouble,” a 1958 classic penned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. 

The show-stopping act held significant weight, as her 4-year-old son Forrest Bradley and Husband Eric Decker were in attendance. As her daughter Vivianne Rose [8] and oldest child Eric Thomas II [7] watched from home, the songstress explained that her youngest son is a massive Elvis fan and had to come along for the ride. 

The little one found his passion for music and Elvis after he watched the recently released  Baz Luhrmann-directed film during a mother-and-son movie date. 

“He’s such a big Elvis fan,” Decker explained to PEOPLE. “I showed all the kids the trailer, and Forrest was like, ‘I wanna  see that movie.’ The other kids were like, ‘yeah, whatever.’ They didn’t care. So I took him on a mom-son date, and we got popcorn…and we watched, and he was like, ‘Yes.’ That was it.” 

Since developing a strong love, Decker enrolled Forrest in guitar lessons and bought him an Elvis white jumpsuit. The young superfan wore the bedazzled costume to the “Dancing With The Stars” live performance to support his mother. Decker and Bersten managed to kick off episode two on a high note, with a robust act that showcased her improvements since her grand debut with the cha-cha. 

The buzz-worthy piece that paid homage to the king of rock & roll - incorporated dramatic dips, striking footwork, and explosive energy. Decker sported a black leather set, as Bersten resembled Elvis in a slick back wig and old-school ensemble. While rehearsing, Decker clarified that they worked tirelessly on her legs, feet, lines, and posture. Her hard work and dedication in the studio did not go unnoticed by the strict judges – Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. The twosome ended up with a score of 25 out of 40 overall. 

“That was a huge step from last week!” Inaba pointed out. 

While fans still had the chance to cast their vote, Decker turned to social media to give herself a pat on the back and to share a string of action shots. 

“OMG!!! We did it!!! I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made and how much I am learning!!! I feel so proud of all our hard work this week and seeing it come to fruition!!! I loved seeing my sweet baby boy out there cheering us on. It made this week coming to Elvis night!!” 

Country music fans and reality TV junkies alike flocked to the comments to praise Decker for the memorable performance. 

“You Nailed it!! Voted,” said a follower. “So fantastic! I can’t get enough of watching Forest in the background dancing to Elvis during all of the dances,” gushed another. “👏🏿 👏🏿 👏🏿” wrote pro-wrestler Brandi Rhodes. 

 Decker went up against the remaining 15 professional dancers and celebrities. “DWTS” mainstay Daniella Karagach was not present, as she contracted COVID-19 yesterday (Sept. 26) morning. Pasha Pashkov and Teresa Giudice was sent home at the end of the finger-biting episode. 

As Decker heads back into dance class, she reflects on her achievements thus far. 

“Makin progress my friends! I’m learning so much! It’s hard as hell and there are moments I feel defeated and like I’m never gonna get it but when we hit the ballroom, and we do the dang thing, I feel victorious and proud of myself for giving it my best!!!” she said alongside a video. “Looking forward to this week and what I’ll learn this time! Thank y’all for voting for us! Here’s to week 3!!!” 

The next episode will be on Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on Disney +. 

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