``AMERICAN IDOL'' - HOSTS
Lionel Richie says his motto used to be that he was ``addicted to exhaustion.'' Then he met Luke Bryan and Katy Perry. He jokes that after dealing with them as the new ``American Idol'' judges, he ``might want to take a vacation.'' However, he says it's a lot of fun working with Bryan and Perry, as well as the contestants. Richie says they try to give constructive criticism because they've been there themselves. Richie says they're teaching the contestants at ``the University of American Idol.'' The new version of ``Idol'' premieres Sunday on A-B-C.
DAVID BYRNE - MISTAKENLY VOTING
It might be a surprise to you to learn that former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne was not born in America. It might be even more of a surprise to learn that he became a U-S citizen so he could vote -- legally. Byrne was born in Scotland and spent part of his childhood in Hamilton, Ontario. He moved to the U-S as a child and had a green card for most of his life. He became a citizen in 2012 because he found out he was not supposed to be voting. He says he was under the mistaken impression that green card holders could vote for local candidates, but not for president. Byrne says he went to his local elementary school to vote and it was the first time he was stopped. He says it ``felt good'' to gain his citizenship. Byrne's new album, ``American Utopia,'' is out today.
DIERKS BENTLEY - ACM PERFORMANCE
Dierks Bentley would like a photo of that special woman in your life. Bentley is asking for fans to submit photos of their mothers, sisters, daughters, friends or other ``everyday female heroes.'' Bentley will use the photos in the background of his performance of ``Woman, Amen'' during the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 15th. Photos should be taken on a solid, neutral-coloured background and posted to Twitter or Instagram by April 4th
IMAGINE DRAGONS-MAROON 5 - MARCH MADNESS FESTIVAL
Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 are jumping into March Madness. They are the first performers announced for the N-C-Double-A March Madness Festival, set for March 30th through April 1st in San Antonio. More acts will be announced later. The festival is free and will be livestreamed at NCAA-dot-com. The men's Final Four will be held March 31st in San Antonio, while the national championship is April 2nd.
SHANIA TWAIN - COURTNEY LOVE - HALSEY - ``RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE''
Canadian country star Shania Twain, Courtney Love and Halsey will be guest judges on the next season of ``RuPaul's Drag Race.'' Other guest judges include Lena Dunham, Broadway star Audra McDonald, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani of ``The Big Sick,'' Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of ``Broad City'' and Padma Lakshmi of ``Top Chef.'' Christina Aguilera will appear on the premiere episode, which runs March 22nd on V-H-1.
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS - MEMBERS EXIT
The Naked and Famous are down two band members.
Singer-guitarist Thom Powers writes on social media that keyboardist Aaron Short and drummer Jesse Wood have left the band to ``pursue new life-paths.'' Powers says they're all still friends and they will miss Short and Wood dearly. Powers and singer-keyboardist Alisa Xayalith have released a new version of their 2011 hit ``Young Blood'' to showcase the band's new sound.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES - ANNOUNCEMENT
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will reveal the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. They will make the announcement on March 27th at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
(The Associated Press)