American Idol's Maddie Walker still doesn't know what hospitalized her, but mentor Scott Borchetta says it was not a ruptured appendix. “That’s inaccurate, premature and trying to get more Twitter followers,” Borchetta tells Taste of Country, in response to fellow contestant Savion Wright's tweet saying Walker's appendix ruptured.
Walker showed signs of illness during last week’s rehearsal, at one point was even getting attention from medical staff. Everyone but Walker thought it was the flu, and she spent several days in the hospital receiving treatment and antibiotics. Borchetta updated by saying, “She still doesn’t know what it is, she’s still feeling a little bit weird but a ton better than last week. We really don’t know what it was, but there was something around her appendix that was irritated.” He says Walker has the advantage of being the only country contestant left on American Idol. If she’s able to fully engage those fans, the 17-year-old from Iowa should go far.
Brett Eldredge hit the top of the charts for the third consecutive time with his tune "Mean to Me." The singer co-wrote the tune and now has a new goal...how to celebrate? Brett went sky diving after his first No. 1 song "Don't Ya" hit the top and went diving with sharks after "Beach of the Music" did the same.
What will this adventure seeking singer do? "I'm always trying to take it to the next level or do something crazy that I wouldn't experience unless I get a No. 1," he said. (quote via Tennessean.com)
Fans can tweet Brett suggestions on what he should do next. The hash tag is #BrettsNextAdventure. You can follow him at @BrettEldredge
Every season brings a completely new experience for Dollywood guests, and the park’s 30th anniversary celebration provides six spectacular festivals and a number of surprises to delight visitors in 2015. From amazing stage shows and award-winning roller coasters to a nightly summer fireworks display and the seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, guests can enjoy seasons of fun at Dollywood!
For the first time in a decade, the Showcase of Stars brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to Dollywood. Dolly Parton, whose last benefit concert at Dollywood was in 2005, kicks off the series with four concerts Aug. 8-9 at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, a venue which provides the perfect atmosphere for fans to enjoy this stellar concert schedule. Performers include Parton herself, as well as a few special friends. Showcase of Stars takes place in August and September.
Dollywood welcomes the world during the 15th anniversary of Festival of Nations (March 21- April 20). Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of countries from around the globe, Festival of Nations is a fascinating celebration which reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. Many favorite acts from the festival’s colorful history return to mark this special anniversary. Rhythm of the Dance, a Celtic music and dance spectacular, celebrates Ireland with a high-energy show featuring authentic instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers. New this year is Timber!, a colorful, energetic show which displays epic feats of agility and strength mixed with a traditional French-Canadian soundtrack. Other acts include Argentina’s Los Pampas Gauchos, the Mariachi Divas from Mexico, Zebra Stelzentheater’s German stilt dancers, various roaming musicians and much more. Guests can escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.
After 12 years of marriage, Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, renewed their wedding vows. Williams-Paisley told US Weekley about the ceremony, “It was a surprise, I didn’t know we were doing it...we did a really, really campy wedding vow renewal ceremony. It was awesome. We had a traditional wedding march … Our processional walk,” she adds.
The two chose to not get new rings and their two children, Huck (8) and Jasper (5) were part of the big day, which Williams-Paisley described as “very casual and very campy and silly. It was perfect". Paisley arranged all of the details and Williams-Paisley's friend bought a dress for her to wear. Although, there was just one tiny problem, “You could see my pink panties underneath [the wedding dress],” she shares with a laugh. “It was pretty awesome.”
Carrie Underwood modeled her Calia headwear on Instagram after stating she didn't have time to fix her hair. The headband is from Carrie's activewear: Calia by Carrie Underwood, which is in Dick's Sporting Goods across the country.
“No time to fix the hair today. Headband to the rescue! #KeepItSimple @caliabycarrie."
Carrie and husband Mike Fisher, welcomed their first child, a son named Isaiah Michael Fisher, on Feb. 27.