Idol Chatter

We all loved “Walk the Line” and Reese Witherspoon’s Tennessee-belle acceptance speech at the li’l ol’ Oscuhs. And we hated to see Dolly Parton’s “Travelin’ Thru”—the only Best Song nominee to mention Jesus–get passed over in favor of some rant about pimps.

So if you’re like us, set your Tivo now for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which announced its nominees last week and will be televised from Las Vegas on May 23. Three of this year’s Song of the Year nominees make a big deal of faith: “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which recently got bucked out of first place on the Country charts by fellow nominee “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley’s duet with Dolly; Brooks & Dunn are also nominated for their “Believe.”

We’re feeling like Jesus is a lock—and if He wins, we’ll celebrate by throwing on Alan Jackson’s new album, “Precious Memories,” a collection of gospel favorites (he reportedly recorded the album at his mother’s urging), including “Washed in the Blood of the Lamb,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

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