Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd Join Dancing with the Stars

Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd On Dancing with the Stars Competitors Roster. The upcoming 16th season of Dancing with the Stars just got a lot more interesting with this week’s announcement of the competitors roster which includes country stars Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd! Pickler will be paired with professional dancer and DWTS regular Derek Hough (yes, Julianne Hough’s bro!), and Wynonna will be trying out her own dance skills with Tony Dovolani. Kellie and Judd kind of have their work cut out for them though as they will be dancing against athletes and Olympians (find the whole list below)! I’m not the biggest, biggest fan of reality TV shows, though I do try to keep up with them when country artists are featured, of course. DWTS really is a fun show, and I think that both Kellie and Wynonna were great choices for competitors. Can’t wait to tune in for the premiere on Monday, March 18th, and see how they do! Find complete info on ABC.com. Dancing with the Stars Season 16, Complete List of Competitors: • Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold • Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough • Country star Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani • Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson • Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy • Comedian Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess • Reality star Lisa Vanderpump and new pro Gleb Savchenko • Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas • Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus • Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke • NFL star Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff Comment below, and let us know which country stars YOU would love to see compete on DWTS!!

10 Random Questions with Billy Gilman

Checkin’ In with Billy Gilman with 10 Random Questions! We all remember Billy Gilman from back in 2000 when his song “One Voice” was a top 20 hit on the Billboard Country Music Charts. The Rhode Island native can be found in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the youngest singer to reach No.1 on the top country album chart. His latest song “The Choice” features 18 other country artists including Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and Leann Rimes. The song is about giving to those who are needy, and each song downloaded will buy 1 pair of shoes for children in need. Gilman has a big voice but an even bigger heart. We caught up with him for our 10 random questions, and this is what he had to say: 1. How have you changed or grown since we first heard you at 11 years old singing “One Voice?” I think between the ages of 12 and the age I am now, which is 24, everyone makes those natural leaps in maturity .I got to see a lot of the world at a very young age, and dealt with more adults in a business sense, so i think I matured at a pretty young age. But also, I really have become more chill. I was always a hyper and very animated kid. Kind of embarrassing when I look back lol. 2. What is your favorite song that you’ve written? I’m proud of them all but of course certain ones stand out. Like The Choice. I’m very proud of that song and the mission it supports. 3. What other artists do you currently listen to? Just downloaded The Lumineer’s new record. It’s great. 4. Where is your favorite place to perform? I think The Grand Ole Opry. There’s something spiritual about it. 5. Any new projects in the works? I have some songs that I am really proud of that will hopefully be heard in early 2013 keep your fingers crossed. At the end of the day I have to believe that the people and companies that release my new music are releasing it because they see the growth and they see the future. Not just a fast dollar. That’s hard to find. 6. Where is your favorite place to eat? I love mom and pop kind of places and home cooked food. I also like to cook so I stay home. In RI I love West Bakery and in Nashville I love Mafiosso’s — I love pizza that’s good. 7. If you could duet with any female artist who would it be? There’s a few I think would be cool to sing with. I have always liked Allison Krauss’ voice. 8. If you could have a superpower what would you pick? To find one good politician. 9. Do you consider yourself trendy? Do you follow clothing trends? Some people say I am, but I don’t feel I am nor try to be. I don’t follow anything — I just Continue reading

Country Music Celebrates Thanksgiving

Country music stars reveal their Thanksgiving plans. Find out what Taylor Swift, Wynonna, Billy Currington The Carter Twins, and more are doing to kick off their holiday season! 1. Nashville-based country group Brokedown Cadillac have confirmed plans to perform for the troops during a Thanksgiving week tour of military bases in Iraq. The group will head overseas this week for the tour, which runs from November 21-30 and they will be joined by a select group of Hooters Girls from around the U.S. 2. Billy Currington has been added as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performer which airs on NBC 11/26 – Taking to the sky for the first time this year will be the lovable and oh-so-ticklish Pillsbury Doughboy*; America’s favorite clown Ronald McDonald*; the web-slinger Spider-Man*, and the top mouse on deck, Sailor Mickey Mouse. 3. The Carter Twins have also recorded Let it Snow for A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS VOLUME 7, benefitting Special Olympics. Their video for the track will debut Thanksgiving weekend. 4. Wynonna Judd will be kicking off her Classic Country Christmas tour immediately following thanksgiving, with a resurged interest after announcing that she may be touring WITH mom next year! 5. Taylor Swift will be featured on NBC’s “People of the Year” special, airing Thanksgiving night. 6. Chris Daughtry will be performing at the halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. While he may not be a country performer, his recent CMA duet with Vince Gill for the song “Tennessee Line” makes him a person of interest. And that’s all we’ve got for now fans, so stuff the bird, set your DVR’s and enjoy the holiday with family, friends, and good country music!Country Music Photo Gallery