It’s that time again, country fans! The 2012 season of ‘American Idol’ will kick off this January. It’ll be the show’s 11th season and let’s hope that this season follows the same trajectory as the last, when the final two contestants were country artists! Will Scotty McCreery‘s heir apparent make it to the top? Will we find our next Lauren Alaina? It’s certainly an exciting prospect, since country music dominated the show last season. That trend could very well continue into 2012.
Keith Urban is about to go on “complete vocal lockdown” for three weeks after he has throat surgery, so he took two minutes to issue a video message, thanking fans their support, love, cards, messages and gift baskets. Urban is about to have a polyp surgically removed and is expected to make a full recovery.
An artist truly has made it when he or she is profiled on ’60 Minutes.’ Taylor Swift is the latest music star to be featured on the news magazine program, which looked at her role as the poet laureate of puberty, the spokeswoman responsible for a generation of young girls — and her famous open mouth, hands on cheeks expression of shock and awe whenever fans scream for her or when she picks up another award. The profile also examined how she’s managed to cross genres and remain beloved in both the country and pop worlds.
Miranda Lambert joined fellow blond Chelsea Handler on ‘Chelsea Lately’ last night (Nov. 17). The acid-tongued Handler is known for her sarcastic humor and her whip-smart dialogue with her guests, so we were anxious to see how the equally ballsy and funny Lambert would play off of that particular interview style. It was as fun as we expected it to be, between these two sassy gals.
The recent Penn State sex abuse scandal has been a constant in national news headlines over the past few weeks. Due to the ubiquitous story, country singer Vince Gill was reminded of a situation in his past where he was a near victim of sexual abuse.
There are few pop culture accolades higher than PEOPLE‘s annual Sexiest Man Alive. Heck, even actor and perennial Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney made reference to receiving this vaunted status during his Oscar acceptance speech a few years ago. While actor Bradley Cooper took the top honor this year, country superstar Tim McGraw also made the list. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! For the third year in a row, McGraw has been anointed one of the Sexiest Men Alive.
‘Survivor: South Pacific’ castaway and country singer Whitney Duncan is denying that she engaged in a scandalous affair — and that she cheated on the husband no one knew she was married to while on the island. Sources claim that the blonde beauty was already in the process of divorcing, so it’s technically not cheating.
Luke Bryan served as the red carpet correspondent for ‘Ellen’ at the 2011 CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 9), and he worked it. With his charming personality and his terrific sense of humor, Bryan was perfect for the gig. Bryan and Ellen DeGeneres (via satellite) had fun with their interviews. Normally, red carpets are serious and somewhat stale affairs, but this duo asked silly questions and lightened the mood.
Luke Bryan‘s new video for ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’ is more like a mini movie than just another music video. The music even stops mid-video in favor of some dialogue, and the action ends with a “to be continued” cliffhanger.
Lauren Alaina may have not written the richly emotional song ‘The Locket’ on her debut album, ‘Wildflower,’ but she is deeply connected to it on many levels — and the teen put all of her heart into it when she recorded it.
Brad Paisley was the subject of a recent ‘Nightline’ profile as he promoted his new book ‘Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me,’ and on the TV special, he dropped a bombshell: He was recently pulled over for a suspected DUI. The only caveat was that … Paisley wasn’t drunk! In fact, he doesn’t drink or smoke at all.
Wynonna Judd was in attendance at late IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon’s funeral on Saturday morning (October 22). The singer delivered heartbreaking renditions of both ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘I Can Only Imagine’ at the services, which took place in St. Petersburg, Fla. Given the emotionally devastating circumstances, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that this was one of the hardest performances of Judd’s life. Being called upon to sing at such a sad time requires incredible strength.
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