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Originally posted 10/11/2012 11:35AM
It was arguably the most-anticipated premiere of the season, filled with big, brassy country performances (by Connie Britton's Rayna and Hayden Panettiere's Juliette), crying drama queens (that would be Juliette, again) and, of course, sex (Juliette! Behave!).
But was ABC's heavily hyped Nashville all it promised to be?
Here's what y'all (plus some country stars!) had to say:
Originally posted 05/23/2011 07:30AM
After a tumultuous season of rivalries on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, John Rich and Marlee Matlin proved a harmonious final pairing.
Just before the final decision was announced on Sunday night – the final challenge had involved promoting a brand of soda – the pair performed a song, "For the Kids," which Rich sang and Matlin, who is deaf, signed.
Then came the moment of truth.
Stop reading here if you do not wish to know.
Originally posted 05/22/2011 06:00AM
Perhaps surprisingly, the two calmest of this season's contestants – Marlee Matlin and John Rich – ended up making it to the finale of Celebrity Apprentice, which will air on NBC Sunday night.
Unlike others who went before them, the Oscar-winning Matlin, 45, and country music's Rich, 37, never locked horns with others, as did Meat Loaf with Gary Busey, and Star Jones with NeNe Leakes.
Not that there isn't some sense of rivalry between the two finalists. "We are friends but we are still competing," Rich tells PEOPLE. "We still have to go before [judge Donald]Trump and America. I want the quarter million [dollars for charity], and I want it bad."
Originally posted 01/11/2010 05:45PM
Call them Big & Rich ... & Baby.
John Rich, one half of the country duo Big & Rich, and his wife Joan welcomed their first child, a son, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Cash Rich made his debut early Sunday morning at a Nashville hospital. John, 36, and Joan, 40, wed in 2008 after quietly dating for more than five years.
The couple announced the pregnancy in October.
Originally posted 10/20/2009 07:00PM
It's almost time for another ampersand.
John Rich – one half of the country duo Big & Rich – and his wife Joan are expecting their first child, the singer's rep confirms.
John, 35, and Joan, 39, got married last year in Nashville after quietly dating for more than five years. She is a former model who runs a Houston modeling agency.
The pregnancy was first reported on TheBoot.com. – Mike Fleeman
Originally posted 03/25/2009 12:15PM
Country star John Rich has lashed out at his former employer, telling the Tennessean that the NBC version of Nashville Star "completely bastardized what country music is about."
Rich was a judge on the network version of the American Idol-style show last summer, which was hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus.
"I wouldn't touch Nashville Star with a 40-foot pole," Rich says. "I thought this was really going to represent country music, put us on a new level."
Originally posted 12/06/2008 11:00PM
Country star John Rich married his longtime girlfriend, Joan Bush, Saturday in a small ceremony in Nashville, his rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
The morning wedding between Rich, 34, one half of the duo Big & Rich and host of CMT's Gone Country, and Bush, a former model who runs a Houston modeling agency, was attended by about two dozen family members.
A reception for friends was held at Nashville's Fontanel Mansion, former home of singer Barbara Mandrell, and also a location for the taping of Gone Country.
Originally posted 09/02/2008 07:30PM
John Rich is proud of his role as one of the most visible and well-known entertainers at the Republican National Convention this week.
"I'm a young conservative guy and there aren't many of us around," Rich, half of the duo Big & Rich, said before performing his political anthem, "Raisin' McCain," at a benefit for Red Cross Hurricane Relief on Monday night.
Rich, 34, has been campaigning with John McCain and plans to continue through the November election. "I'm very deliberately trying to be out there with my ideas and my music," Rich says. "I respect McCain for his heroism over the years. He stands for the things I value and there aren't many young conservatives like me who make it into the media, so I'm trying to do my part."
Originally posted 06/10/2008 02:15PM
As a judge on the show, Rich says he gets down "to the nitty-gritty" with contestants
Originally posted 02/19/2008 06:10PM
John Rich, one half of the country duo Big & Rich, recovered from a scare on Tuesday when his 3-year-old American bulldog, missing since Friday, was returned to him by a student at Nashville's Vanderbilt University.
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