With new drama Nashville looming on the horizon, ABC whets viewers' appetites for country music with the three-hour CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock (Monday at 8/7c), a compilation of performances culled from the annual gathering of country fans in Music City this past June. Think of it as Comic-Con with cowboy boots. Eric Church, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and co-host Luke Bryan are among those performing. We caught up with Luke to talk about his CMA Fest memories.
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We begin with Emily chatting with her mom while the men are meeting Chris in the courtyard to get the first date card of the week, which goes to Chris. Before we know it, they're walking through downtown Charlotte, hand-in-hand, until they reach a building — that they'll have to climb up. The ropes fall from the top and the harnesses come out and the two are getting ready to scale the wall. As they're climbing, the wind picks up and lighting flashes, so Emily starts to freak out. And it doesn't help there's now a crowd below. They soon reach the top, but rather than kissing her, Chris gives Emily a high-five. How, um, romantic?
Noticeably lacking in the ranks of The X Factor's contestants: budding country music stars. (Maybe they didn't want to risk another Scotty McCreery-style steamroller upstaging upstarts like "Astro.") And now, as the Top 11 square off, Fox's overblown singing contest (8/7c) faces its toughest competition to date: another musical extravaganza, ABC's three-hour broadcast of The 45th Annual CMA Awards (8/7c) from Nashville, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosting for the fourth year in a row. (They'll perform their hit "Remind Me" during the show.)
Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Kellie Pickler are among the presenters at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards.
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McGraw is an 11-time CMA award winner and took home the top prize — entertainer of the year — in 2001. Rimes won the CMA Horizon Award in 1997, while Pickler is a two-time CMA nominee.
Miranda Lambert leads Country Music Awards nominations
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