Evans danced through the pain

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NASHVILLE -- Country singer Sara Evans said her experience as an entertainer helped carry her through her final performance last week on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Evans had learned hours before the show Oct. 11 about racy allegations against her husband of 13 years that prompted her to file for divorce, she said in an interview aired Tuesday night on the show.

"It's a blur," she said.

"The good thing is that I'm so used to performing, as you know, that as an entertainer, we just have the ability to just try to flip the switch, turn it on, do the dance and make it through the day," she said.

Evans, 35, alleges that Craig Schelske, 43, committed adultery, was verbally and emotionally abusive, drank excessively and frequently watched pornography in their home. Schelske denies all the allegations.

Schelske has not been available for comment. Repeated calls to his home in Oregon have not been returned. Spokesman Christian Josi declined to identify Schelske's attorney.

Evans said there were already "some things in motion" in her decision to divorce Schelske, but that she had hoped to work it out.

"It was always my intention to try to take things slowly," she told host Tom Bergeron. "My intention was to try everything that was in my power" to save the marriage.

"It's very personal and very traumatic and very hard for my children," she said. "Things drastically went downhill at 100 miles an hour."

Evans was among 11 celebrities who paired with professional dancers to compete on the third season of the popular reality series.

Schelske ran for Congress as a Republican from Oregon's 5th District in 2002. He is a native of Salem, Ore.

Evans was recently nominated for female vocalist of the year honors by the Country Music Assn. She made her recording debut in 1997 and her 2000 album "Born to Fly" went double-platinum. Her hits include "Perfect," "Suds in the Bucket" and "Real Fine Place to Start."
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