Headlines: Gabby Barrett Set for CMA Country Christmas, Ally Brooke Surprises Cancer Survivor

Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, And Darius Rucker With Lindsey Stirling To Perform During ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ Monday, Nov. 30 – With Christmas just around the corner, the Country Music Association has revealed performers for its annual holiday special, “CMA Country Christmas.” Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling will take the stage for a spirited night of festive classics. Announced last week on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” husband and wife team Rhett and Lauren Akins, a New York Times bestselling author, will make their TV hosting debut together during the 11th annual music celebration. “CMA Country Christmas” airs MONDAY, NOV. 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (TV-PG) – Read more at WDTVPress.com

‘DWTS’ Pro Jenna Johnson Previews Tonight’s Double-Elimination Semi-Finals – While it’s still anybody’s mirror ball championship to win on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars, dance pro Jenna Johnson and Nev Schulman (Catfish: The TV Series) are headed into tonight’s semi-finals as the competition’s top-scoring couple. Tonight, the duo will perform two routines – a contemporary dance set to “If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, and one chosen by the judges as a “redemption dance” to which they’ll dance to Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times.” Is Johnson on her way to winning a bookend trophy? (She and Olympic ice-skater Adam Rippon won Dancing With the Stars Season 26 – also known as Dancing With the Stars: Athletes.) TV Insider chatted with Johnson about her mindset going into tonight’s live performance, how she and husband, dance pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy, help each other throughout the competition, and her plans for the future, where she will continue to be an advocate for people with mental health and body-image issues. – TVInsider

Ally Brooke surprises cancer survivor who turned to Fifth Harmony for strength during treatment – Former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke is paying it forward to a fan who relied on the band’s music during her cancer battle. Caitlin, who is 16 years old, was diagnosed with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) when she was 12 years old and required a stem cell transplant. However, to receive it, she had to isolate at the hospital for 100 days. During the wait, she would listen to Fifth Harmony and take comfort in the girl group’s single “BO$$.” The teen went onto explain she would sing it every day, which “brought light to my parents and all the nurses” who overheard her. Caitlin, a survivor who has been cancer-free for four years, had no idea she would meet one of her idols when sharing her story with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the weekend. – Read more at ABC News Radio

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