The Music City Minute ...
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Tim McGraw not only has new music coming our way, but a big summer tour planned as well! He just announced that his 30-city Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 tour will include Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft. Tim’s weekends are currently occupied by his Soul2Soul shows in Vegas with wife, Faith Hill.
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Carrie Underwood graces the cover of next month’s issue of Allure magazine. Inside she denies any resemblance to the characters on the ABC hit show Nashville. She thinks the show is juicy, but adds that she doesn’t want people to think that Music City is all evil. Carrie’s issue of Allure hits newsstands on Tuesday.
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Kenny Chesney will be all over the road this summer on his No Shoes Nation tour – and his main focus is to be a great entertainer for every single crowd. Kenny’s No Shoes Nation tour kicks off March 16th in Tampa.
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Chris Young will be highlighted by the CMA for his songwriting skills as he’ll accept the coveted Triple Play Award – for his #1 hits, “Voices”, “Tomorrow” and “You”. The award recognizes songwriters who have written three #1 songs within a 12-month period.
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Keith Urban fans have been waiting quite a while for tonight as the singer makes his debut on the judge’s panel of American Idol. The two hour season premiere of American Idol begins tonight at 7 PM on FOX.
JESSICA SIMPSON: To Star in Autobiographical Sitcom for NBC
Jessica Simpson is returning to TV -- and this time she wants you to laugh at her.
The star has confirmed that she's set to star in a sitcom for NBC based on her life. She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I am so excited to work with...NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy. I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life -- so between the real-life elements and a great team of writers, I think we'll have people laughing!"
Jessica has a long track record on the small screen. She starred with her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, on the MTV reality series Newlyweds from 2003 to 2005, did the short-lived VH1 docuseries The Price of Beauty, and most recently mentored contestants on the NBC fashion competition show Fashion Star. Her acting credits include big-screen comedies like Employee of the Month and The Dukes of Hazzard.
She also filmed a pilot for a series called Jessica back in 2004, but the show never made it to the air.
Her dad, Joe Simpson, will serve as a producer on the upcoming sitcom.
KEITH TALKS IDOL...
We've heard all the buzz behind the scenes at American Idol. Now we'll get to see it for ourselves as season 12 premieres tonight on FOX.
The drama between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey has been widely reported, but Keith Urban tells us their clashes were a short-lived result of their circumstances as new judges who had no clue what to expect.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos see themselves as this generation's Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. In the February issue of ELLE, Ripa, 42, opens up about what first attracted her to Consuelos, 41.
"I was drawn to Mark because he was positively an alpha male, and I didn't think I would be drawn to that. But I just worship him. He makes me feel very safe," Ripa gushes of the actor, whom she met on the set of "All My Children." "I actually call him Desi, because the thing about Desi was that as much attention as Lucy got, Desi was always in charge."
(The couple, who eloped in Las Vegas on May 1, 1996, are parents to Michael, 15, Lola, 11, and Joaquin, 9. They reside in New York.)
Ripa, who tells the magazine she's "dying to be cool" eve though she feels "really dorky" most days, also cops to getting Botox at least once a year.
"Every seven months or so my eyelid skin rests on my eyelashes," she tells ELLE. "So I feel like it makes my makeup artist's life easier, and it makes my eyes look a little more open on TV, which is where I happen to work right now."
PRINCE HARRY NAMED WORLD'S MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR
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Town & Country magazine has named Prince Harry the world's most eligible bachelor. The magazine describes their list as "a highly subjective, thoroughly opinionated survey of the princes, politicians, scions, DJs, and billionaires-to-be we consider the most eligible men in the universe."
KIM KARDASHIAN: Reveals She Has Fertility Issues
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Kim Kardashian says it wasn't easy making a baby with Kanye West.
The reality star revealed on the Today show Tuesday that she has fertility issues like her younger sister Khloe. Kim said, "Khloe has been very open about her fertility issues and I think I was always really kind of quiet about mine. I have similar issues, and so it was a pleasant surprise when so many doctors were telling me one thing and then the opposite happens."
And not surprisingly, Kim says the new season of Kim and Kourtney Take Miami, which debuts Sunday, will delve further into her fertility problems.
She also talked a bit about Kris Humphries' supposed refusal to sign divorce papers. "I can't speak for anyone else. It's a process.... It's happening, hopefully."
And on marrying Kanye, she said, "It's something that we talk about. I think it's just right now (we're) focusing on the baby."
The baby is due in July.
Girl Scouts come out with 'healthy' new cookie -- a Mango Creme that features no mango, but some mushrooms!
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but the same can’t be said for Girl Scouts’ cookies.
Meet the Mango Creme, a crispy vanilla wafer packed full of nutrients from dehydrated veggies and fruits. It’s now proudly sold by Girl Scouts alongside the traditional Thin Mints, chocolately Tagalongs and crispy-coconut Samoas
The Franken-cookie is artificially flavored, but bakers used Nutrifusion to “supercharge” it with nutrients from rehydrated apples, oranges, cranberries, pomegranite, limes, strawberries and shiitake mushrooms, for Vitamin D.
“Our product isn’t a replacement for real fruits and veggies,” said William Grand, the Nutrifusion vice president. “But we can offer an alternative for people who still want their chips, pasta and cookies.
“Through our technology we can put some nutrients in the food they eat.”
Grand uses shiitakes in Mango Cremes for the Vitamin D, he said.
As a result, the cookies are chock-full of such vitamins like B1, A, C, D, E and B6 — in some cases up to 15 percent of the daily recommended serving.
There are zero trans fats and no preservatives — but it remains to be seen if Mango Cremes sales will crumble next to fan favorites that your stomach loves, but your cardiologist doesn’t.
The mango madness was the idea of ABC bakers, said Amanda Hamaker, manager of product sales for Girl Scouts.
“They presented the idea to us, and said they’d done considerable market research showing that fruit cremes are very popular,” she said.
The Girl Scouts liked the idea of making a cookie that packed a real nutritional punch.
“It’s good to give it a little boost,” said Hamaker.
But a cookie is still a cookie — even when part of it comes from a lab — and three Mango Cremes equals 180 calories. That’s 10 more than a serving of four Thin Mints.
MAN GAVE WEDGIES FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO
An 18-year-old who was trying to make a YouTube video was arrested after being accused of giving wedgies at a movie theater in Bradenton, Florida. Sheriff's deputies said Charles Ross and a friend pulled the prank at the Royal Palm Theater but only one of the victims came forward to say they would file charges. Authorities are reportedly familiar with Ross because of the pranks he pulls for his YouTube videos. The two friends were kicked out of the theater and their camera was taken as evidence. (UPI)
IT’S PYTHON HUNTING SEASON
It’s python hunting season in the Everglades of Florida.
Because Burmese pythons are messing up the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades, natural resources officials have opened the swamps up for a month-long “Python Challenge” and are offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons by the time the competition ends on February 10th.
It is believed that more than 800 python hunters are now combing the Everglades looking for the snakes, which can grow to more than 20 feet in length.
And in case you were wondering, the recommended method for killing pythons is a gunshot to the brain or decapitation.