by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
And they’re off! Miranda, Ashton are new Derby buddies
Looks like Miranda Lambert and Ashton Kutcher have buried the hatchet and some ACM awards show discomfort.
You might remember that Miranda wondered on her Twitter account whether Ashton was making fun of country music at that awards show, what with Ashton’s cowboy hat, Western wear and all.
Miranda and Ashton found themselves at the same party before this weekend’s Kentucky Derby – and they got along like, uh, horses and apples? Jockeys and saddles? Flies and, oh, nevermind. . . .
Miranda posted a pic of her and Ashton on Twitter:
— Miranda Lambert (@Miranda_Lambert) May 5, 2012
Randaritas, FYI, are Miranda’s fave drink, her creation of Bacardi rum and Crystal Light.
Skylar Laine is off “American Idol,” onto Music City
We’ve known it all along, right? After all, 18-year-old Skylar Laine is a Mississippi girl who kept singing Miranda Lambert songs on American Idol.
Skylar told reporters Friday (May 4) after being booted from Idol that she plans to move to Nashville to be a country singer. A real country singer, mind you.
“I want to make real country music, you know, like honky tonk songs — the good country stuff,” she said.
See? Told you.
“That’s what’s gonna make me happy, and that’s what comes out when I write.”
Skylar also says she’d like to write and record with Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore.
John Rich gets Clay Aiken all fired up on “Celebrity Apprentice”
Well, you just knew Celebrity Apprentice champ John Rich would shake things up when he returned to Donald Trump’s show for the episode Sunday (May 6).
John and Celebrity Apprentice competitor/actor Marlee Matlin came back to interview this season’s final four.
And John had some, uh, interesting words for 2003 American Idol runner up Clay Aiken.
“When it comes down to the final two, is Clay Aiken willing to buck everyone’s perception of Clay Aiken?” John asked on the air.
“Because second place sucks.”
Clay tried unsuccessfully to answer: “Let me talk, dog,” he urged John.
But John kept going. “Second place sucks, Clay. It sucks!”
Clay’s response? “Trust me, I’ve been there. I know.”
Afterward, Clay told ABC News Radio that he got frustrated with John.
“He wasn’t letting me speak. So I finally thought, you know what, maybe I just need to tell him to shut up. Maybe that’s what he’s looking for. So I didn’t say, shut up. But I said, ‘let me talk!’”
Guess that Clay said enough: He moved on to the final three, along with former late night talk-show host Arsenio Hall and pop singer Aubrey O’Day.