Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood to Perform at CMA Awards
A power-packed lineup of country stars including Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban will perform at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards show, the Country Music Association tells PEOPLE.com.
The list of stars ‘ which also includes Brooks & Dunn (the vocal duo, winners of 14 CMAs, have announced they will be parting ways after a farewell tour next year), Reba McEntire, George Strait, Sugarland and first-time nominee Darius Rucker ‘ is the first round of performers announced for the show.
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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Chelsie Hightower cracks the whip
Last season on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars, ” ballroom dancer Chelsie Hightower had to help stoic cowboy Ty Murray transition from a rodeo bull rider to a paso doble matador, and this season is turning out to be just as much of a challenge.
For the ninth cycle of the reality-competition show, which launched Sept. 21 (performances are on Monday nights; results are on Tuesdays), the 20-year-old is partnered with 21-year-old snowboarder Louie Vito.
There might even be a little crush there.
“Maybe, ” Hightower says. “Possibly. Louie’s awesome. We have fun together.”
The X Factor: Judges’ houses
It was another double bill weekend, with all of the final 24 acts parading in front of the various judges on Saturday and being informed of their fate on the Sunday show. But how did they fare, singing under duress and in exotic locations? And who got through to the final 12?
Who went where with whom
And off they all went to the Judges Houses, only to find that this year’s chosen holiday rentals were certainly no less glamorous and not much less randomly chosen than usual.
X Factor: Single mum, an Essex boy and ‘vile’ Irish twins make it through to final 12 contestants
A single mum, identical twins from Dublin and an Essex ‘wide boy’ are just some of the contestants who made it through to the final 12 acts in this year’s X Factor.
Stacey Solomon, who turned 20 yesterday, was chosen for the girls by judge Dannii Minogue while energy adviser Olly Murs, 25, was selected for Simon Cowell’s all-male over-25s.
Among the more controversial decisions was to select cocky identical twins John and Edward Grimes in the final three groups, who have been described as ‘vile little creatures who would step on their mother’s head to have a hit’ by Cowell.