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We shared the internet buzz with you yesterday, but this morning Good Morning America made the official cast announcement for ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
The always adorable and fun, Pickler, will be paired with Derek Hough, the brother of another country sweetheart, Julianne Hough. Pickler is the first past American Idol contestant to compete on the show.
Meanwhile, vocal powerhouse and 5-time Grammy winner, Judd, will be partnered with Tony Dovolani.
It should be an entertaining season for country music fans. Both pairs are a great match, and I can’t wait to watch!
This season’s cast of ABC’s hit show, Dancing With The Stars, is set to be revealed tomorrow morning on Good Morning America. However, some names have been leaked online and the rumor mill is churning.
According to TMZ and other media sources, country stars, Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd, will be among the line-up! Assuming this information is accurate, it will be exciting to watch Pickler and Judd compete on the show.
Stay tuned for the official announcement!
Wynonna Judd has been forced to postpone her upcoming Canadian tour dates due to her husband’s serious motorcycle accident. Michael Scott “Cactus,” Moser, who works as her drummer, and Wynonna were on their own bikes in Deadwood, South Dakota on Saturday night when Cactus collided with an oncoming vehicle. He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The accident occurred before her show in Deadwood. Wynonna was not involved in the accident.
“The outpouring of prayer and support from friends, family and fans has been a blessing to both Cactus and I. Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side.”
The pair were married this past June in Tennessee. Her upcoming Canadian dates scheduled for this week will be postponed until further notice. We here at Keepin’ it Country wish Cactus a speedy recovery and hope to see them both on tour again soon!
Wynonna Judd, one half of the legendary country music duo The Judds, has added her name to the list of celebrities speaking out for the freedom of expression in the United States. She’s joined the “Free To Tweet” event as part of the “1 For All” campaign. The one-day online event celebrates the First Amendment rights on Wednesday, December 15th – also known as Bill Of Rights Day. During the event, Americans are encouraged to join some of their favorite celebrities by using the hashtag #FreeToTweet on Twitter all day long.
High school and college students nationwide are eligible to win one of 22 $5,000 scholarships by sending out creative Tweets about the First Amendment during the “Free to Tweet” event.
“My success in music would not have been possible without freedom of expression,” said Wynonna. “It’s an honor for me to join in supporting the 220th anniversary of Bill of Rights Day.”
The unprecedented “1 For All” campaign is the largest of its kind in scope and reach. It plans on using a fresh approach by using public figures to tweet, rock, write, read, worship, assemble, petition and much more. Ellen DeGeneres, Ke$ha, John Mellencamp, Blake Shelton, and David Gregory were among the first celebrities to put their names down for the cause.
Wynonna has joined the cast of celebrity judges on the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The series features 13 contestants vying for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” The 90-minute season premiere kicks off on Monday, January 30th at 9 pm EST on the Logo channel, followed by a new season of the fan-favorite behind-the-scenes series “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 10:30 pm EST. Wynonna’s episode will air on April 2nd at 9 pm EST on Logo.
See the full list of celebrity judges on the new season below:
Over the holidays, Wynonna Judd became engaged to her musician boyfriend Cactus Moser. It has been reported that Moser, member of the award-winning country group Highway 101, proposed to Judd on December 24th.
This will be the third marriage for Judd, who has been dating Moser since late 2009.
Currently, the two are touring together as Wynonna and The Big Noise.
We wish the couple all the best!
Wynonna Judd is heading out on a small solo tour tonight where the Judds left off. Her “Thanks & Giving” tour will be focused on giving back to the fans that have stood by her through her career. The solo dates start today in Phoenix, Arizona where the duo had played their last show together, which the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) had filmed for a mini documentary series “The Judds: Final Encore.” The documentary ended up being the OWN’s highest rated series outside of the network’s launch week on the show’s debut in April.
With the farewell tour and reality documentary behind her, Wynonna is hard at work for her new tour and eighth studio record on Curb that she expects to be out next year. In the spirit of the Holidays, Wynonna plans to host a “Thanks & Giving” meet and greet at every stop on her tour to thank her fans personally.
“It means a lot to me to have such dedicated and hardworking fans that have been with me throughout my journey. Thanking each person is always hard to do, but I’m going to meet as many fans as possible and express my appreciation to them in person” shares Wynonna.
For the full listing of Wynonna’s tour stops see below:
Wynonna Judd is one of the superstar names on the bill for the 2011 IEBA / WME music conference taking place October 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee. She’ll kick off the night with a performance at 9:45 pm for the annual industry conference with her new band, her hits, and her wit. Other artists that are part of the line-up include Lee Brice, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, Neal McCoy, Eric Paslay, and Tyler Farr for the 500 attendees at the War Memorial Auditorium.
“The WME lineup is a much anticipated one, and there is always something special in store for attendees,” said Tiffany Davis, IEBA Executive Director.
The IEBA is the non-profit trade organization International Entertainment Buyers Association. The group is dedicated to providing networking, artist showcasing, and promote growth in the entertainment industry. The conference goes through October 2nd to the 4th and will focus on showcasing artists of all genres, not just country music.
The legendary Franklin Theater in Tennessee has announced a very special benefit concert featuring country music superstar duo The Judds. The “Green Nights Presents The Judds” concert will benefit the historic theater in a 300-seat setting with tickets starting at $85. Tickets will go on sale September 23rd on the Franklin Theater website.
“The heart of Franklin is the theater and it’s beating again,” said Naomi Judd. “It never occurred to me that we’d have the thrill of actually performing up on its stage, looking out at smiling familiar neighbors. Pardon me if I shed a tear of nostalgic joy.”
The concert starts at 8 pm CST. All proceeds will go towards sustaining the nonprofit landmark.
“I love Franklin and knowing that part of it is being kept original is so important to me and my children,” said Wynonna Judd. “I have lived in Franklin since 1978. One of the things I love most is our small town spirit and the way we all hold sacred our unique community. The familiar sights and the beauty I see when cruising down Main Street does my heart good. I am happy and grateful to live in such a special place. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else on the planet.”
We had the chance to chat with rising country star, Mariah Grace. She couldn’t have been sweeter and opened up to us about everything from songwriting to releasing her first EP to her faith and her musical inspirations. Despite an impressive resume that includes magazine features, high-profile performances and acclaim, she remains grounded, humble and thankful for everything that’s come her way so far. Without further ado, meet Mariah Grace.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
MG: I have been singing my whole life. My family has always said I was singing before I could talk. When I was only a few months old I was humming and singing twinkle twinkle little star with my Mimi who was an amazing singer, and My Momma said she knew then that God had blessed me with my gift to sing. I first stepped out onto a stage to perform at age 2, and have been performing ever since. My whole life I have been in front of the camera, in front of a crowd, and singing everywhere and anywhere I could and for everyone and anyone. The stage is my home.
MG: I have looked up to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton my whole life. They have both taught me to go after what I love, and to never give up. I idolize anyone who goes after their dreams. As for an artist right now that I idolize, That would hands down be Carrie Underwood. I am so blessed for all of the country music artists before me who make it possible for girls like me to be living out our dreams. I have certainly been blessed with the best of them. My fellow artist friends and mentors have helped me so very much.