“NASHVILLE” STAR CHARLES ESTEN TO HOST “2017 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” – Deacon Claybourne is taking the reins of the loudest night in country music as CMT today announced that “Nashville” star Charles Esten will host the fan-voted “2017 CMT Music Awards,” live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The announcement was made by Esten on Instagram. The news comes on the heels of the beloved music drama, which recently shattered ratings and viewership for CMT, returning with new episodes on Thursday, June 1 at 9pm ET/PT and a new season slated to premiere early next year. Superstars Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett are set to perform with additional artists, presenters and special guests being announced soon. – Read more at CMTPress
‘Voice’ winner Alisan Porter, Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy among PrideFest headliners – “The Voice” winner Alisan Porter, “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sanchez, country and Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy, YouTube gay electropop artist Runaground, gay country artist Brandon Stansell and R&B singer Blu Cantrell and among the performers taking the stage at PrideFest 2017, taking place June 23-25 on Soldiers Memorial. The grand marshal is Cleve Jones, a founding activist in the LGBT rights movement and author of “When We Rise.” The theme this year is “Community Proud.” Admission this year is $5, which is new to the festival. The $5 will help support PrideCenter, an undertaking to create an LGBTQIA+ center in St. Louis. – Read more at STLToday
Billboard Music Awards announce first round of musical performers including Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, John legend and Nicki Minaj.
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Dark Horse Nick Viall: I’m Still Here — and Maks Chmerkovskiy Is My Secret Weapon Heading into Double Elimination – “It’s one more week. I’m still here,” he says in a PEOPLE exclusive vlog ahead of Monday’s live show, which has a “Night at the Movies” theme and is admittedly “going to be” Viall’s “favorite night so far.”
Reflecting on last week, the former Bachelor star admits that the men’s strategy in week six (“Boy Bands vs. Girls Groups”) to focus on “entertainment value rather than technical dancing paid off” and saved all them from facing jeopardy.
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Why Simone Biles Is Feeling ‘Scared’ About DWTS ‘Nerve-Racking’ Movie Week Following Heather Morris’ ‘Shocking’ Elimination – This week has been pretty crazy! It’s nerve-racking going into this week because Sasha and I missed Tuesday rehearsal since I was traveling, and then we couldn’t have rehearsal because of my events that I had. We had to learn four dances for tonight’s show — which was a little scary — but we might only have to do two. Last week when Heather Morris got eliminated, everyone in the room was just shocked. But at this point, it’s just scary to see anybody go home. We’re working so hard and it’s sad because you become a family after awhile. – Read more at People