Cole Swindell has scored the gig of a lifetime!  Cole has been selected to be a preliminary-round judge fir this year’s Miss America pageant to be held Sunday, September 11 in Atlantic City.  Cole will be joined by entrepreneur Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster, and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes.


Kix Brooks from the legendary duo Brooks & Dunn is trading in his guitar for a spatula this weekend as he prepares for the release of his new cookbook with an appearance on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David Sunday at noon.  Cookin’ It with Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking comes out August 30. It includes more than 100 recipes, with many drawing on Kix’s Louisiana heritage.

Tonight’s the night!  The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs tonight at 8 on ABC.  It’s three hours of highlights from this year’s CMA Festival held in June in Nashville!  Brett Eldridge and Thomas Rhett will serve as co-hosts!