Kellie Pickler joins CMA Country Christmas; Steven Tyler admits to never watching 'Idol'

kellie-pickler-cma-christma.gifKellie Pickler took part in the taping of the CMA Country Christmas on Thursday (Nov. 11) in downtown Nashville. Pickler performed a "sexy" rendition of "Santa Baby" and also performed a duet with Darius Rucker. Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow also took part in the TV special, which is set to air Monday, Nov. 29, on GAC at at 9:30 EST. [The Boot]

Newbie judge Steven Tyler says the "American Idol" gig has met all of the expectations he had prior to joining the show. "No. It's actually more,"he says. He also went on to gauge the talent that is showing up for auditions. "Some are 14 and feel entitled and can't sing at all. And some are 14 and blew me away. I could not believe what I heard." Tyler also admitted that he has never watched the show before because he was on tour. "I've been on tour for 40 years, so I didn't watch this." [FOX40

Season 9 finalist Allison Iraheta says she thinks "anyone," including herself, would choke up in front of the new panel of judges. She adds, "They'll get through it...you learn." [TMZ]

David Archuleta has admitted in an interview that he's never been in a relationship before. The 19 year-old singer does know what he is looking for in a girlfriend. "Someone who cares about other people, who has good values and has respect for themselves." He also says he is willing to appear on "Glee" if they ever knock on his door. "It would be cool to make an appearance on it because it's a fun show. It gets all these geeks who love music. I think that's great." [PopEater]

Mark Wahlberg may come off like a tough guy, but really, he's just a big softie. At least that's what he told Men's Health magazine his wife says. The reason? He cried during a special about "Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino. "I was watching the VH1 documentary "Behind the Music" with my wife and I must have cried five times." Hey Mark, say hi to your tears for us. [Boston Herald]

Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has a feeling Jennifer Lopez is going to take over for Simon Cowell as the "cutthroat" judge."I think it's a big get to get Jennifer Lopez, she's like an international star, so I think it's very cool that she's doing the show," she says. [Too Fab]

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