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Published: Friday, 8/8/2008

Americal Idol finalist set to release album

Kristy Lee Cook is out on the road right now with "American Idol Live! Tour 2008," but she has to be eagerly awaiting the release of her debut album, "Why Wait," which will be in stores on Sept. 16.

The album was produced by Grammy-winning songwriter Brett James. Kristy s first single, "15 Minutes of Shame," hit radio recently and has just entered the charts at No. 58.

American Idol fans will remember Kristy as the 24-year-old who sold her barrel horse to raise money to attend auditions. It turned into a seventh-place finish and a recording contract with Arista Nashville.

One of the songs Kristy sang on this season s show was Lee Greenwood s "God Bless the USA." That is one of the tracks on the upcoming album. "Not Tonight" is another track. It was co-written by James, Chris Lindsey, and Carrie Underwood.

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Rascal Flatts is on fire right now. The guys were scheduled to play in front of more than 47,000 fans last night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Tomorrow night they ll be in Chicago to play for a sell-out crowd of 25,000. On Sept. 20, they ll be at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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Gone Country, CMT s highest rated show ever, returns next Friday for its second season. The show takes seven celebrities and attempts to turn them into a country singer. This season, John Rich will be working with Sebastian Bach, formerly of Skid Row; singer and actor Irene Cara; Mikalah Gordon of the fifth season of American Idol; Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5; Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSync; actor Lorenzo Lamas, and actress Sean Young.

The show premieres at 8 p.m. on CMT.

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GAC and Music Nation have selected the six finalists in GAC s talent competition, "The Next GAC Star."

The finalists are J.C. Andersen, Tyler Barham, Angela Engelman, Megan Conner, One Night Rodeo, and Lane Turner. Bios of the finalists can be found at www.gactv.com.

There will be a two-part televised finale on Sept. 3 and 10, with the winner crowned based on votes of viewers during the second show. The grand prize winner will receive a record deal with Original Signal Recordings, a Gibson Hummingbird Guitar, and a music video, which will air on GAC.

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The Grand Ole Opry has added a Thursday night show for 2009.

"Opry Country Classics" will feature performances from country legends and up-and-coming artists. It will sign a spotlight on country s classic songs.

Opry fans will be able to purchase tickets for Opry Country Classics alone or packaged alongside traditional Opry performances.

For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.



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