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Carrie Underwood To Kick Off CMA Fest Week

Underwood is also set to return to ‘American Idol’ as a mentor.

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Carrie Underwood - Photo: Astrida Valigorsky/WireImage
Carrie Underwood - Photo: Astrida Valigorsky/WireImage

Grand Ole Opry members Carrie Underwood and the Oak Ridge Boys, along with Jon Pardi, Henry Cho, and June Opry NextStage artist Morgan Wade will kick off the Opry’s CMA Fest week with two shows on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Highlights of the special Tuesday Night Opry show will air on Saturday, June 11 as the Saturday night Opry Live on the Circle Network, Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

A free Opry Plaza Party will also return with the “Opry Loves the 90s” Plaza Party, set to begin earlier in the afternoon on June 7 as well as on June 10-11 with music and activities. The Plaza Party will include food trucks, vendors, and feature performances by Hannah Ellis (June 7), Ray Fulcher (June 11), and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Among others scheduled for upcoming Opry and Opry Country Classics shows are Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Del McCoury Band, The Isaacs, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Carly Pearce, Maggie Rose, Jeannie Seely, Elvie Shane, Rhonda Vincent, The War and Treaty, Charlie Worsham, and more.

In other Underwood news, it was recently confirmed that she will be returning to American Idol as a mentor to the Top 5 contestants. “Well, here’s a dream come true!” the announcement read. “#AmericanIdol icon @carrieunderwood will mentor the Top 5, live from the home of her Las Vegas residency ‘Reflection’ at @resortsworldlv! Who better to help our hopefuls earn a place in the Grand Finale?”

The contestants who get to learn directly from her are Leah Marlene, HunterGirl, Nicolina, Fritz Hager, and Noah Thompson.

On May 1, Carrie Underwood performed a surprise duet with Axl Rose during her headlining set at Stagecoach. The stars from the country and rock worlds respectively joined forces on a version of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Carrie Underwood’s new album, Denim & Rhinestones, is out June 10.

Pre-order Denim & Rhinestones.

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