Jul 20

Ryan Seacrest officially signs on as host of ABC's “American Idol” reboot

Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV DistributionSeacrest…in!  Kelly Ripa made the news official Thursday morning on Live with Kelly and Ryan: Ryan Seacrest is the new host of ABC’s reboot of American Idol.

“I’m happy to confirm, I can confirm with absolute confirmation, that Ryan Seacrest is returning for the host of American Idol!” said Kelly.  Then, realizing her error, she said, “Let me try that one more time.  Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of American Idol!

“Absolutely, without a doubt,” Ryan agreed. “I’m so excited. It’s gonna be the best time!”

Ryan hosted American Idol on Fox for all 15 seasons.  When he signed off last year, he said, “Seacrest out…for now.”

In a prepared statement, Seacrest said,It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me. I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal.”

He added, “I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

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Jul 20

Davison County authorities seeking escaped prisoner

Davison County authorities are looking for an escaped prisoner. 23 year old James Wesley Spino was sentenced to four years probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge. He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail but was furloughed to attend treatment in Sioux Falls. While there he violated treatment center rules and left the facility without permission. He’s wanted for second-degree escape and violation of furlough conditions.

Spino is a Native American, five-feet-eight, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos: :  “Without Fear There Is No Courage” – right arm;  “Spino” – right upper arm;  “Bear Claw Aaliyah” – on chest;  “Wesley with feathers” – Back;

If you know Spino’s whereabouts please call local law enforcement immediately.

Davison County Jail

Jul 19

Carly Pearce remembers “Every Little Thing” in new music video

BMLG/Carly PearceNewcomer Carly Pearce has the first-top twenty hit of her career with her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” and on Thursday, she’s unveiling the accompanying music video.

The Kentucky native shared a sneak of the romantic, playful clip for the heartbreaking love-gone-wrong ballad on her socials. You’ll be able to watch it for the first time Thursday at People.com.

Meanwhile, Carly has released another preview of her debut album, which she’s currently working on with producer busbee. You can download or stream the new track, called “If My Name Was Whiskey,” now.  

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— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) July 19, 2017

Jul 19

A December wedding, not in Nashville, not in Australia: Kelsea Ballerini opens up about her plans

Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImageKelsea Ballerini and Australian singer Morgan Evans got engaged over the Christmas holidays last year, and since then, the two haven’t revealed much about their wedding plans — except that a trip down the aisle is definitely on the books for 2017.

This week in Nashville, Kelsea opened up a little more.

“We are so focused on music, and I think meeting each other and falling super in love with each other was a big surprise for both of us,” she revealed. “And I think we’re kinda like…we’re so stoked to get married, but the actual wedding part isn’t really what we care about.”

But rest assured, there’s still a major bash in the works.

“We have a wedding planner,” Kelsea says. “She did Carrie [Underwood]’s wedding. Her name’s Jane, she’s amazing… I was like, ‘I want this amount of people and I don’t want it to be in Nashville or Australia. I want it to be neutral.’”

“It’s at the end of the year,” she goes on, ‘and we’re both gonna keep, you know, sprinting until then and then get married and take December off. I don’t have my dress or anything!”

Morgan’s debut single on Warner Nashville, “Kiss Somebody,” comes out this Friday, while Kelsea has just released “Legends,” the lead track from her sophomore album. Expect details on her follow-up to The First Time any day now.

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Jul 19

Watch now: Blake Shelton and the Oaks get “animal” in new “Doing It to Country Songs” video

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCIf you’re looking for a laugh, you’ll want to be sure to check out Blake Shelton’s new video for “Doing It to Country Songs.”

For the fifth single from his If I’m Honest album, Blake opted for an animated treatment that casts him as Blake Buck, performing alongside his backup singers, Country Music Hall-of-Famers The Oak Ridge Boys. While Blake is a deer, William Lee Golden becomes a possum, Joe Bonsall is a chipmunk, Duane Allen is either a dog or a fox, and Richard Sterban morphs into a frog.  

Inside the Blake Shelton Bar & Stage, you’ll find plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to Blake’s hits like “Some Beach” and “Sangria,” as well as Oaks’ classics like “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue.” Blake even jabs Brad Paisley with a clock advertising Paisley Light Beer.

You can watch the “Doing It to Country Songs” video on YouTube now.  

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Jul 19

Keith Urban wants to hear your “Best.Cover.Ever” of “Somewhere in My Car”

ABC/Paula LoboFormer American Idol judge Keith Urban is the latest superstar to join the new YouTube talent competition Best.Cover.Ever.

Hosted by rapper Ludacris, the show challenges aspiring musicians to upload their best version of a particular song by a big-name artist. The winner gets the chance to duet with that artist on YouTube.

To earn your place on the stage next to Keith, you’ll need to submit your cover of his 2014 hit “Somewhere in My Car.”

“The Internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” the Aussie superstar says. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens — to hearing how people interpret my songs — and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”

So far, pop stars Katy PerryDemi LovatoBackstreet Boys, Charlie PuthFLo Rida and Jason Derulo have all signed up to participate in the show, which will premiere on YouTube in the fall. You can find out all the details at TheBestCoverEver.com.

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Jul 18

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill get Lucky on the Soul2Soul tour

ABC/Image Group LA Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s merch on the Soul2Soul trek is getting an upgrade.

The superstar couple has partnered with jeans-maker Lucky Brand to create an exclusive 17-piece collection of tour merchandise, according to Billboard. The line includes blue jean jackets embroidered with either “Faith” or “McGraw,” and t-shirts that say things like “You be my Tim and I’ll be your Faith,” as well as Mrs. McGraw’s personal favorite:  a denim shirt emblazoned with “Respect Your Mama.”

Tour souvenirs will run you anywhere from $40 for a t-shirt, to $149 for embroidered denim.

This weekend, Tim and Faith play Glendale, Arizona; Ontario, California; and San Diego, California with Rhiannon Giddens.

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Jul 18

How do you say pecan? Lauren Alaina weighs in on the nutty topic

ABC/Lou RoccoPeach state native Lauren Alaina settles the age-old debate over how you say the word “pecan” — sort of — in a new video for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association.

The American Idol runner-up ponders whether it’s puh-kahn or pee-kan in the clip, and for the record, she settles on puh-kahn. You can check out Lauren’s humorous take on the topic online.

Meanwhile, the Rossville, Georgia native is following up her first #1, “Road Less Traveled,” with her top-25 duet with former schoolmate Kane Brown on “What Ifs.”  

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Jul 18

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton plan their final performance together, in a star-studded celebration of Kenny's career

Webster Public RelationsKenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will reunite for one final performance, as the entertainment icon’s touring career draws to a close.

“All in for the Gambler:  Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” will take place Wednesday, October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Little Big TownAlison KraussJamey Johnson, Broadway and Frozen star Idina Menzel, and rockers Elle King and The Flaming Lips will all be part of the show, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Jul 18

I'll Take You There: Cole Swindell is holding on to hope for getting his seventh #1 with Dierks Bentley

ABC/Image Group LA Since every single he’s ever released has gone to the top of the charts, Cole Swindell admits the thought of “Flatliner” NOT reaching number one is rather ominous.

“I would think at some point that streak has to end,” he confesses. “It’s a pressure, but it’s a good pressure… but this song, it’s fun, and I just hope it keeps going! So let’s keep pulling for it… I’m gonna keep singing it with Dierks [Bentley] every night on tour no matter what… I love that!” he says of his current turn on the What the Hell Tour.

From here, Cole admits he’s setting his sights on album number three.

“I’m hoping to have one more single off of the You Should Be Here album, and then we’ll be working on new stuff.”

This week, Cole and Dierks travel to Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Brooklyn, Michigan; and Noblesville, Indiana — hopefully on their way to the top of the charts.

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