Tonight, 12 more acts perform for YOUR votes on America’s Got Talent. Eric A is BACK to Liveblog! 9/8c PM on NBC.
The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock 2014 edition airs tonight on ABC. Watch as Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and MORE take the stage. Filmed during June’s CMA Festival in Nashville. ABC 8/7c PM.
Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley to Host CMA Awards – for the 7th Time! – There’s no seven-year itch between Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley – the duo are back to host the 48th annual CMA Awards, for their seventh time. In preparation for their return to the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 5, Underwood, 31, and Paisley, 41, tried their hands at a game of country music trivia courtesy of the show’s reigning group of the year, Little Big Town. The prize? A collectors’ edition set of Brad and Carrie bobblehead dolls! See the Video at People Magazine
Casey James, Blake Shelton to Appear on Doobie Brothers Duets Album – Due November 4th, Southbound mixes the reverence of a tribute album with the back-and-forth collaboration of a duets record, as the Doobies share vocals and trade instrumental duties on 11 new recordings of their own hits. Along with the cover art — a portrait of an empty bar illuminated by a jukebox, presumably stocked with Doobie Brothers hits — the album’s premise is straightforward. Each country artist takes the reins for one song, sharing vocal leads with either Tom Johnston or Michael McDonald — the Doobie Brothers’ two frontmen, performing on the same album for the first time since 1976’s Takin’ It to the Streets — while an all-star session band kicks up plenty of twang, dust and old-school guitar riffage in the background. Joining that backup band are Vince Gill and Hunter Hayes, who perform one song apiece as guitar slingers rather than vocalists. Casey will sing “Jesus Is Just Alright” and Blake “Listen to the Music” (Both Tom Johnston songs) – More at Rolling Stone
5 Things We Learned at the Nashville ‘American Idol’ Auditions – Keith Urban talked a bit about saving Music Row, but focused mostly on ‘American Idol’ during his time with Taste of Country. When asked how the show helps his music career, Urban said it reminds him how lucky he is. “It doesn’t seem that long ago I was just playing covers and trying to sneak in an original song here and there and hope that they don’t leave,” Urban — dressed in a Studio B T-shirt — reveals. “So to go from there to where I get to be today, and then I see kids coming in at the very beginning, just starting and hoping they can go make an album … it’s great. It keeps it all in perspective.” – Read more at Taste of Country
Photos: Constantine Maroulis Returns to ROCK OF AGES – Tony Award nominee and “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis returned to Rock of Ages as Drew last night and BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture his epic return. Maroulis will appear for a limited 12-week engagement through October 26, 2014. The five-time Tony Award nominated musical Rock of Ages – which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway, and its spot in the Top 30 Longest-Running Broadway Shows in History – continues to party eight times a week at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th Street. – See the Photos at Broadway World
Viewers can expect to see less of judge Len Goodman on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ says Cheryl Burke – We’re going to be seeing less of “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman. Industry gossips had said the show’s longtime regular planned to skip some episodes next season, and Goodman even has hinted he may not return at all. Cheryl Burke, one of the dancers in the ABC hit, confirmed to Confidenti@l that Goodman, who also appears on the U.K. version of the show, is lightening his workload. “I know that he is probably going to be missing a few shows next season because of the traveling back and forth,” Burke told us, “but I do not know if he is leaving just yet.” “I get it,” she said of the septuagenarian, who has been jetting between London and L.A. for nearly a decade. “Especially when you are 120 years old, it just sucks,” she added with a smile. – Read more at New York Daily News
Ryan Seacrest on the Death of ‘American Idol’ Finalist Michael Johns – Seacrest said, “Obviously it’s tragic and shocking news. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it. I think back to when he was on the show and I remember just what a great guy he was, what a kind guy he was, obviously very talented, and somebody that when I think back throughout all the many seasons and all the contestants he stands out to me. I will always remember that about him.” Ryan also talks a little about the talent at the Nashville auditions. – See the Video at Extra