‘CMA Country Christmas’ Returns With Host Carly Pearce – ‘Tis the holiday season! The Country Music Association has revealed this year’s host and performers for its 13th annual holiday television special, “CMA Country Christmas.” Hosted by country music star Carly Pearce, “CMA Country Christmas” features performances by Steven Curtis Chapman, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pearce, Molly Tuttle, and The War And Treaty. “CMA Country Christmas” airs THURSDAY, DEC. 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC and next day on Hulu and Disney+. – via ABC press release
Constantine Maroulis to Join Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater’s THE NUTCRACKER ROCKS – Tony-nominated actor and singer and Wyckoff native Constantine Maroulis has joined the cast of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT)’s THE NUTCRACKER ROCKS, as Clara’s eccentric rocker Uncle Drosselmeyer. Maroulis was a finalist on the fourth season of American Idol and is a double-Tony Award nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in Rock of Ages and for his work as a producer on the revival of Spring Awakening. AXCBT, Monmouth County’s only professional ballet company, will perform in the Vogel Auditorium at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center with The Nutcracker Rocks beginning on December 2. – Read more at Broadway World
Lee DeWyze Heading Out on Tour Next Year
The American Idol 9 winner announces his “Into the Wild” tour, which will kick off in Madison WI on January 22.
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America’s Got Talent Finalists Chapel Hart annonce Glory Days Tour
The America’s Got Talent country trio will embark on a long tour in 2023 Go to chapelhart.com for more information. VIP Tickets will be available.
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AGT and The Voice contestant Brooke Simpson Invited to the White House for Native American Heritage Month celebration.
The celebration took place at the White House on November 15. Brooke, a member of the North Carolina Haliwa-Saponi tribe wrote on Instagram “Last night I was invited to The White House for their first Native American Heritage Month celebration. To see the white house filled with so much Indigenous culture and beauty made me so emotional. Beyond grateful, it was such an honor to have this opportunity alongside my Nike N7 family, and so much of Native country. It also was a reminder of what this nation was built on. As I walked the halls gazing at portraits of (all but 2) white faces, I couldn’t help but think about the name on the deed at the house and who the land actually belongs to. A true mix of emotions from a descendant of a nation already here and thriving before USA put up its “coming soon” sign.” She returned to NYC to resume playing Roger Sherman in 1776.
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‘American Idol’ alum Kellie Pickler performs for Camp Zama crowd on Veterans Day – Bestselling country artist and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler put on a concert in honor of Veterans Day, performing for an enthusiastic, all-ages crowd Friday at the Camp Zama Community Club here. Pickler said before the Armed Forces Entertainment-sponsored show that she was “excited to … bring a little piece of home to our service men and women and their families, sing a few songs, and just be in good company.” The singer came out and greeted the crowd as her band launched into the opening notes of “Little House on the Highway” from her 2011 album, 100 Proof. Much of the crowd moved to the foot of the stage, filming the performance as they tapped their feet or danced in place. – Read more at Army.mil
Scotty McCreery talks about his new baby boy, his Same Truck: The Deluxe Album, new music and more
Adam Lambert Reveals Which ‘Idol’ Judge He’d Want To Duet With: ‘I Want To Hear Simon Cowell Sing, Because I Bet He Can’t!’ – Elsewhere in the interview, Lambert reveals which judge he’d duet with, telling us: “I want to hear Simon [Cowell] sing. Because I bet he can’t. I bet Randy [Jackson] would be really fun, but it’s got to be Paula [Abdul], you know, she’s like, I love Paula. She’s amazing.” As Chanté points out that Mariah Carey was also a judge, Lambert gushes: “Oh, yeah. She was a judge after my time. But yeah, that would be good.” “One on One with Adam Lambert” is airing Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Global, and streaming live and on demand on STACKTV and the Global TV App. – Read more at ET Canada
Morgan Myles on Why It Wasn’t Crazy To Pick Camila Cabello as Her Coach on ‘The Voice’ – “I believe 100 percent that there is a country lane for me,” Morgan continued. “It’s just finding the right people to really see that. I knew if I went on Blake’s team, it was going to be very, very country genre artist heavy. And I knew Camila would get me as a songwriter because she has cut songs that are actually country songs. So, I knew she’s going to go after emotion. She reminds me more of the Kelly Clarkson of the show this season. I have that personality, so I knew we could laugh together, and she has been an awesome choice. I’m so glad she is my coach.” – Read more at Parade
‘The Voice’s Top 16 Artist Bodie Reveals Why He Chose Blake Shelton Over Gwen Stefani As His Coach – “The long and short of why Blake is what he said to me,” Bodie explained. “Some of it aired, some of it was edited out, but I could just tell he had vision for me. I knew that if I chose him and I worked with him and I worked hard, I could just sense that he was going to believe in me and continue to root me on. And I’m glad I picked him because time and time again he’s shown that he’s believed in me and picked me to be the winner.” – Read more at Parade
Blake Shelton’s ‘Voice’ Contestants Say They ‘Absolutely’ Want to Win His Penultimate Season for Him – “Making Blake proud and trying to fight our way to the finale is, I think, each one of ours goals,” Leatherwood told PEOPLE after Monday night’s live show. Added Bodie: “He’s a big piece of history of the show, so it’s kind of cool to be with him on his way out and win it for him.” – Read more at People.com
‘The Voice’s’ Parijita Bastola on Being the Show’s First Nepali-American Contestant: ‘It’s Super Cool’ – “Nepal’s not a country that most people know about, and there’s not much Nepalese representation on TV or in media,” Bastola told PEOPLE after Monday night’s live show. “So I think it’s super cool that I’m able to talk about my family and the clothes that I wear on the show. It’s allowing me to be myself, and in doing so, I’m able to teach a lot of Americans about my culture and what I’m about.” – Read more at People