The hit show Nashville Star may have found a new home on NBC, but the entertainment value in this talent search contest is getting kicked up a notch for its sixth season. Former host Jewel has been bumped over to the judging table and filling her shoes is Mr. Achy Breaky Heart himself, Billy Ray Cyrus. Woo-eee!
Billy Ray Cyrus, cohost of the CMT Music Awards
If November's CMAs are the Oscars of country music, then the free and easy CMT Music Awards (tonight at 8 pm/ET) — honoring country music videos — are the Golden Globes. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Sugarland and LeAnn Rimes perform at the Nashville event, along with hosts Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray, who phoned us from his home in Tennessee to discuss what's shaping up to be an awfully busy year for the Hannah Montana patriarch.
TVGuide.com: Are you all ready to host?Billy Ray Cyrus: Man, I am so excited. Miley and I play everything by ear. We'll learn a script really good and do that whole thing, but we kind of play everything by ear. So it's going to be kind of an evolution, with any twists an
CMT Awards Host's Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.com
It's not just about the music at this year's CMT Music Awards. Fans who sign up with the organization's CMT One Country program, which matches people with volunteer opportunities in their communities, will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the CMT Awards' sizzling red carpet. This year's event is likely to be one of the hottest ever, if the hosts are any indication: Father-daughter team Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus will be hosting, adding an extra superstar veneer to the already glossy proceedings. Artists set to perform include Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith, just to name a few. The show will air April 14 at 8 pm/ET, giving you just under four weeks to decide just what type of volunteering you're going to do. Are you going to sign up? Does the chance of meeting Miley make it more appealing? Anna Dimond
Billy Ray Cyrus by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage.com
Billy Ray Cyrus has been tapped to host the new season of Nashville Star, airing this summer.... TNT is airing "the best of Saving Grace" this Monday through Wednesday, from 10 to midnight/ET.... Reba McEntire will host the Academy of Country Music Awards for a 10th time, on May 18 on CBS.... Rossi Morreale (Foody Call...?) will host Can You Duet?, CMT's new music competition premiering April 14.
Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus courtesy CMT
Miley Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray, will host the 2008 CMT Music Awards, to be broadcast live on April 14 from Belmont University's Curb Event Center in Nashville. "Miley and I are so excited," Dad says in a statement. "We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances."Indeed, the seventh-annual kudosfest will feature performers such as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie (of course) Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith. Other acts will be announced in the coming weeks. (For example, Hannah Montana, I hear, is holding out for a pretty strict dressing-room rider calling for 18 different flavors of lip gloss and a gross of Pixie Stix.)
Miley Cyrus by Mike Guastella/WireImage.com
what a difference three or so years can make for teen celebs. Here we have sweet, little twelve year-old Miley (actually looking her age in the first part of the video, sans make-up and hair stylist) auditioning for the lead role in Disneys Hannah Montana. Even daddy Billy Ray gets in on the action with a little sing along and what youd call a very unique secret handshake. Watch it now! | More online videos
Miley was such a cute little nugget. Lets rewind back in time (dont worry, not to Billys mullet-sportin days) to when Miley looked so precious and innocent. While holding a microphone she could barely wrap her mini hands around, she sang Holding on to a Dream with her dad. It must have been bring your daughter to work day.Your take: What do you think of little Miley's performance?
Guillermo Del Toro by Nick Wall/ WireImage.com
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) is negotiating to direct New Line's Peter Jackson-produced two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit, says the Reporter.... Best-actress Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) is in talks to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Public Enemies, Michael Mann's 1930s-set organized-crime drama.... Comedian Bill Engvall has signed on to Bait Shop, a fishing comedy starring Billy Ray Cyrus as Engvall's nemesis.... Julia Roberts will produce and star in Hothouse Flowers, about a recent divorcée who leaves her job and takes off on an adventure. Mickey OConnorWhat's your take? Would Tolkien be in good hands with del Toro?
Zac Efron by Lester Cohen\WireImage.com
Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin) will play the wife of High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron in 17, a comedy about a grown man who finds himself back in high school.... More Disney-HSM goodness from the Reporter: Billy Ray Cyrus is pop to Olesya Rulin in Flying By, an indie about a businessman who pursues his dream of being in a rock band.... Jessica Biel will produce and star as a mysterious woman in the crime thriller Die a Little.... Kevin Costner is a dad disturbed by the increasingly ominous behavior of his munchkin (Pan's Labyrinth's Ivana Baquero) in The New Daughter.
Will Cam be the next pretty one to go? Cameron Mathison, Edyta Sliwinska by Carol Kaelson/ABC
This show is like The Godfather: Just when you thinkyou're out, they pull you back in. That's been the case with Season 2winner Drew Lachey filling in as cohost, and we've seen fellow Season 2alum Kenny Mayne back as well. And now we have the return of Season 4'sBilly Ray Cyrus, who will perform his latest hit single, "Ready, Set,Don't Go," on the results show. Oh, and he'll be singing the tunewith his daughter Miley, a.k.a. Hannah Montana, so just be glad you don'thave to pay $1,000 (or more!) to see her. Joe Friedrich