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  • Dancing with the Stars update 100411

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    rickiThe 10 remaining contestants on "Dancing With the Stars" were asked to pick a dance that best characterized the most memorable year in their lives.

    Ricki Lake came in at No. 1 based on the judges' scores Monday night. She chose 2010, the year her house burned down and she met now-fiance Christian Evans. She chose the rumba in the hopes that it would "inspire others to find true love" -- and the judges loved it, giving her a total score of 27 points out of 30.

    Tying for second were J.R. Martinez and Chynna Phillips-- they also chose the rumba.

    Martinez picked the year 2003, when he was injured while serving in Iraq, with his rumba serving as "a tribute to the men and women who didn't make it home." After a lengthy standing ovation, the judges gave him a 26.

    Phillips also earned a 26 for her dance, representing the year 1990, when she wrote the hit Wilson Phillips song "Hold On," inspired by her feelings of abandonment by her father, John Phillips.

    Rob Kardashian selected the year 2003, when his father, famed attorney Rob Kardashian Sr., died. His foxtrot earned him 24 points.

    Also coming in with 24 points were Kristin Cavallari, Hope Solo and David Arquette.

    Cavallari picked 2005, the year she graduated from high school and took center stage in MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the reality show that launched her entertainment career.

    BY THE WAY: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was in the house to cheer on Cavallari.

    David Arquette and soccer player Hope Solo chose the current year: Arquette did so, because his marriage to Courteney Cox fell apart ,while Solo chose 2011 because the USA soccer team made it to the World Cup finals.

    Like Cavallari, Carson Kressley chose a year that launched his showbiz career: 2003, the year Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered.

    Nancy Grace picked 2007, the year her twins were born prematurely.

    Coming in last place with 18 points, Chaz Bono chose the current year because "I'm happier than I've ever been."

    A third contestant will be eliminated on tonight's show, which will feature performances by Mary J. Blige and Estelle.

    J.R. Martinez performance:

    Here are the standings after Monday night:

    Ricki Lake (rumba) -- 27
    J.R. Martinez (rumba) -- 26
    Chynna Phillips (rumba) -- 26
    Rob Kardashian (foxtrot) -- 24
    Kristin Cavallari (rumba) -- 24
    Hope Solo (cha-cha) -- 24
    David Arquette (rumba) -- 24
    Carson Kressley (tango) -- 23
    Nancy Grace (waltz) -- 21 

    Chaz Bono came in last with only 18 points.

  • Hank Jr. pulled from MNF

    Posted by Bryan Scott

    Hank Williams, Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends” was pulled from this week’s Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game on ESPN yesterday. The network said on its website the decision was made after the singer “made controversial comments about President Barack Obama” on Fox NewsFox and Friends Monday morning. “While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee,” the company said in a statement, “we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from [Monday’s] telecast.” The song has been part of the weekly event on both ABC and ESPN since 1991.

    • RELATED NEWS: Hank said in a statement released later on Monday that he was “misunderstood.” A portion of the statement reads: “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was.”

  • Lady A on SNL

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Lady Antebellum performed ‘We Owned the Night’ and 'Just a Kiss' on ‘Saturday Night Live’.



  • Taylor swift performs Sugarland "Baby Girl" & signs with Usher

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Taylor Swift's concert in Atlanta, Ga. over the weekend included a cover of Sugarland‘s track ‘Baby Girl.’

    Later, Taylor was joined on stage by Usher for a duet to ‘Yeah!,’ which was a No. 1 hit for the R&B singer back in 2004.

  • Money 4 Music Top 10 This Week

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    money4musicThis week's Top 10:

    10 Merrill  
    9 Mosinee 
    8 Almond-Bancroft 
    7 Tigerton 
    6 Auburndale 
    5 Elcho 
    4 Pacelli 
    3 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 
    2 Medford 
    1 Athens 
    Big jump for Wittenberg-Birnamwood! They went from 8th to 3rd this week. Almond-Bancroft came out of nowhere to take over the 8th spot and Antigo disappeared from the list this week. 
  • LeAnn continues to defend her weight on Ellen

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    LeAnn Rimes was asked about speculation regarding her body and eating habits.

    She tells Ellen DeGeneres :  "I’ve kind of gotten over it when it comes to do with myself. Like you said, these are diseases and using them as name calling. It’s almost bullying.

    "I feel a sense of responsibility for the people that are actually going through these diseases and I’m not one of them."

    Asked if she's "not anorexic in any way or bulimic at all," LeAnn said, "No, I am not but I do feel like the press … they’ve been very irresponsible calling a lot of people, fat or anorexic or bulimic or whatever It may be.

    "It seems like bullying now, instead of really taking these diseases seriously that a lot of people are going through."

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  • Steel Magnolia's Joshua Scott Jones is in rehab

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    steel magnoliaSteel Magnolia's Joshua Scott Jones has entered treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.

    He made the announcement Thursday afternoon on the duo's web site.

    Jones wrote:  "God has been on my heart to announce and make public that I have entered a rehabilitation and treatment facility to address issues related to alcohol and substance abuse.

    "Hundreds of thousands of people in the world struggle with these battles daily, therefore I am sincerely grateful for all thoughts and prayers at this very poignant juncture in my life and career."

    Jones' girlfriend and singing partner, Meghan Linsey, announced Sept. 23 that the duo would cancel a handful of shows because the 31-year-old was unable to perform, but didn't specify why. Linsey began playing Steel Magnolia's scheduled tour dates alone Sunday.

    The duo released its debut album earlier this year and is nominated for the vocal duo of the year award at the Country Music Association Awards in November.

  • Kelly Clarkson talks Blake and Miranda's Wedding

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    It was 'freakin' fun'; so says original ‘American Idol’ Kelly Clarkson.  

    She recently reminisced about how much fun she had as a guest at Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s wedding reception

    Clarkson tells Access Hollywood:  “That reception was freakin’ fun. It was the best wedding reception I’ve ever been to. I’m not the girl who gets excited about the wedding part. I get excited about the reception.”

    Clarkson admits she “was drunk on the dance floor. They are a fun crowd!” She took her sister as her date.

  • Jake Owen and his little dancer

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Jake Owen was joined on stage Sunday in West Springfield, Mass. by a small fry who stole the show.  Jake posted video on Twitter.

    The little guy, Carson, did some break dancing, played some air guitar and then Jake put a real guitar on him.


  • Country rocks X Factor

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    The ‘X Factor’ went a lil' country last night.   Simon Cowell‘s singing competition reality series included two country hopefuls performing onstage together. Makenna and Brock sang in perfect harmony to Zac Brown Band‘s ‘Colder Weather’ as they took the ‘X Factor’ stage at the audition rounds in Chicago.

    16-year-old Skyelor Anderson of Mississippi drove 9 hours to audition and impressed the judges with an a cappella cover of Billy Currington‘s ‘Must Be Doing Something Right.’

  • Dancing with the Stars shocking elimination

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    elisabettaAnother celebrity was eliminated from ABC's "Dancing With the Stars".

    Model-actress Elisabetta Canalis and her professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy were sent home even though they did NOT have the lowest scores (Monday night).

    She becomes the second celebrity contestant eliminated-- NBA player Ron Artest was the first.

    Canalis landed in the bottom three alongside David Arquette and Chaz Bono.

    Canalis actually went into the results show tied for third place with 21 points -- ahead of Arquette, Bono, Hope Solo and Carson Kressley -- but the viewer vote wasn't enough to keep her around another week.

    Ten contestants remain in competition for the mirror-ball trophy: Arquette, Bono, Solo, Kressley, Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, J.R. Martinez and Chynna Phillips.