Sure, there’s still no clear reason why Kristen Bell of all people would host the 2014 CMT Music Awards — her third time! — but from the first moments of show opening it was clear there’s a reason the actress (and singer) came back to try her hand at the gig solo — in 2013 she co-hosted with Jason Aldean, and in 2012 Toby Keith.
Bell recruited pals Malin Akerman and Cheryl Hines to help prepare for her first solo hosting gig — but not without trying to find a potential cohost on fake Tinder-esque app Hollr.
Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Sean Hayes all got left-swiped before Bell decided to take on the job herself, segueing into a live performance of a song about moose knuckles. She later came out with a fake Alan Jackson mustache and continued to be very game to do anything the show’s producers wanted her to do — just what you need in a good host!