Fans of the American Country Awards are going to see two familiar faces hosting this year’s show as Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins are repeating their roles. The singing superstars promise to bring the fun and excitement straight to the audience who voted on their favorites in country music.
The show was created in 2010 by the Fox network as the only country music awards show that gives the fans control of who wins. This is the third year for the show, and it has become an annual favorite for country music.
Adkins, who is back helming the show for the third year, told USA Today, in 2010, his thoughts on the program.
He said, “Finally we have an awards show that is voted on by the fans. It’s not industry insiders who have agendas and political motivations.”
This is the second year he will be back hosting with Broadway darling Chenoweth, who has dabbled in country music with her album, Some Lessons Learned, in 2011. She talked to Broadway World about her upcoming hosting duties and what the audience should expect.
Chenoweth told the online outlet, “The key for a good host is to be a good listener. Because, as you know, things happen that aren’t supposed to happen when you’re doing a live show, and for someone like me, you pray for it because it just makes it more fun. So my challenge will be to be a great listener and to make sure and give Trace Adkins a really hard time… I can’t give too much away, but it’s going to be fun!”
The duo is sure to have fun onstage, but they both have been making waves offstage as well. Recently, Chenoweth admitted to dating former Bachelor contestant, Jake Pavelka, all while recovering from a serious injury sustained on the set of The Good Wife.
She said of Pavelka, “It’s been really fun to get to know him. That’s kind of where that is.”
As for Adkins, he caught a lot of heat for wearing Confederate flag earpieces on NBC’s recent Christmas in Rockefeller Center holiday special. Even though that symbol is offensive to many people, Adkins defended his choice.
He wrote on his website, “As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind. To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage — I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle. I advocate for the preservation of America’s battlefields and honest conversation about our country’s history. To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”
With romantic liaisons and freedom of speech controversies, Monday night is proving to be a must-watch event for the hosts alone.
Will Kristin and Jake walk the red carpet together? Will Trace wear his controversial earpieces when he performs? Find out Monday, Dec. 10 at 8/7c on Fox.