Billy Ray Cyrus



Cheers: Country Cookin'

Cheers to Nashville Star for cutting to the chase. American Idol's countrified cousin whittled down the audition process — which takes Simon Cowell & Co. seemingly endless weeks — to 20 minutes, and promptly presented the Top 12 finalists. It helped that there were none of the airtime-sucking freak-shows that make Idol's initial episodes so painful. Plus, Jewel smoothly transitioned from host to judge, making room for new emcee Billy Ray Cyrus to bring some of that Hannah Montana/Dancing With the Stars magic to the show as it's transplanted from USA to NBC. In a word: Giddyap!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

The Search for the Next Nashville Star

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! read more

Billy Ray Cyrus Previews the CMT Music Awards

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. 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 read more

CMT Awards Put Bighearted Fans on Red Carpet

CMT Awards Host's Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus by Gregg DeGuire/

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 read more

Cyrus Takes Over Nashville and More News Briefs

Billy Ray Cyrus by Tony R. Phipps/

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. read more

Team Cyrus to Host CMT Music Awards

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.) read more

Miley’s Audition Tape for Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus by Mike Guastella/

Wow… 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 Disney’s Hannah Montana. Even daddy Billy Ray gets in on the action with a little sing along and what you’d call a very unique secret handshake. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

Miley and Billy Ray’s Daddy-Daughter Duet

Awww… Miley was such a cute little nugget. Let’s rewind back in time (don’t worry, not to Billy’s 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? read more

Del Toro to Helm Hobbit? And More Movie News

Guillermo Del Toro by Nick Wall/

Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) is negotiating to direct New Line's Peter Jackson-produced two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 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 O’ConnorWhat's your take? Would Tolkien be in good hands with del Toro? read more

Zac Efron Takes a Wife, and More Movie News

Zac Efron by Lester Cohen\

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. read more

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