October 19, 2011 12:00 PM

Brad & Carrie LOVE FEST!

THE GOOD FRIENDS AND CMA AWARDS COHOSTS SHARE WHAT THEY LOVE MOST ABOUT EACH OTHER

BRAD on Carrie

She thinks I’m funny. She puts up with my lame attempts at humor and always finds something to laugh at, even when I miss the mark.

She can sing anything. Hearing her interpret a lyric and a melody is breathtaking.

Her husband, Mike. It’s wonderful to see two very nice, classy people find one another in this world. And I love it that they met on eHarmony.

Our history hosting the CMA Awards. Some of my favorite memories are from planning meetings . . . Carrie saying, “Don’t Tim and Faith each have fragrances?” or, “Brad, you could sing ‘Alejandro.’ ” We have a certain magic together.

She’s the Cher to my Sonny. She’s the Tennille to my Captain. She’s the Bert to my Ernie-in a strictly platonic way. She’s the Barbie to my Ken. She’s my gal.

CARRIE on Brad

He thinks he’s funny. And sometimes he actually is. Brad is all about the tweeting, the joke-telling and the make-everyone-laugh-on-set attitude. You can’t be around him and not be in a good mood.

He loves the music. Brad is a perfectionist and loves nothing more than to give his fans the best of the best.

He’s all about family. Brad is constantly talking about his wife and kids. He is a wonderful example of how to balance work and family.

He’s a great cohost. Brad is great at thinking on his feet and making up jokes spur-of-the-moment. I’m better at reading the script and keeping things going. We really complement each other.

He’s the Porter to my Dolly. He’s the Conway to my Loretta, the Tim to my Faith (but not in a weird, married sort of way). He’s my guy!

Watch the CMA Awards on ABC, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

IN THEATERS Oct. 14

Sneak Peek: FOOTLOOSE

THE ’80S CLASSIC GOES A LITTLE COUNTRY

For Julianne Hough, starring in the remake of the 1984 smash hit is a childhood dream come true. “It was one of my favorite movies growing up,” she says of the film that was also shot in her home state of Utah. “I used to pass the mills where Kevin Bacon did the angry dance scene, on my way to the dance studio,” she says. But fast-forward almost three decades and there are a few changes. For one, the new version was shot in Georgia, and the soundtrack has gone a little country: Blake Shelton takes over for Kenny Loggins on the title track, while Zac Brown, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Whitney Duncan also lend their voices.

URBAN LEGENDS

KEITH THRILLS NASHVILLE’S LATEST IDOL IMPORTS WITH A COUNTRY WELCOME

AMERICAN IDOL WINNER Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina (who each have country CDs out in October) can both brag about close encounters with Keith Urban. McCreery bumped into the singer (an admitted Idol fan) in the bathroom at the CMT Awards: “I heard some guy singing and was like, ‘Who is that?’ Out walks Keith Urban. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, nice to meet you!’ ” Lauren met him at CMA Music Fest. “I love your accent,” she blurted out. “I love your voice,” the Aussie singer replied.

STARS ON THE JOB

Some of country’s brightest are getting a reality check. Artists like Trace Adkins, Chris Young and Craig Morgan are going back to their roots for Day Jobs-premiering Oct. 2 on GAC. The stars return, for one day, to the same type of job they held before they were famous. Here’s a sampling of who’s clocking in:

1. Forklift operator Joe Nichols

The singer used his skills to move pallets to 20-ft. stacks, load boxes onto trucks and work off a conveyor belt during his day in a Nashville-area warehouse.

2. Oil rig worker Trace Adkins

The star spent his day as a roughneck on an offshore oil rig in Texas. “One of the things that I’m proudest of is that I was called a good hand,” said Adkins.

3. Hardware clerk Easton Corbin

Returning to a job as a clerk at a Donelson, Tenn., Ace Hardware, the musician swept the aisles, mixed paint and even sold lawn mowers.

What Was Your Most

EMBARRASSING SCHOOL MOMENT?

WITH CLASSES BACK IN SESSION, STARS SHARE THEIR OWN CRINGE-WORTHY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Blake Shelton

“In middle school, we’d scrimmage each other in basketball. One team would be shirts and one team the skins. I was so white and chubby, it was humiliating to be on the skins. And girls would be there practicing cheerleading at the same time. I hated that!”

Jerrod Niemann

“I was Eeyore the donkey in Winnie the Pooh in a school play. The fire alarm went off during the play, so I had to sit outside on a crate dressed as Eeyore.”

Miranda Lambert

“I was on the basketball team in seventh grade and I was C string. I wasn’t very good. They finally put me in and I made a basket, but I went to the wrong basket, so I made two points for the other team.”

Chris Young

“In high school I wore these bleach white jeans. One day at lunch my Dr Pepper got shook up and stained the entire right side of my pants. I had to go the rest of the day wearing them.”

Eric Church

“I was 12 at a school dance, and I was slow dancing with a girl I finally had the courage to ask. We were too close to some stairs and my foot went off the step and I fell down two flights-and brought her with me. For weeks at school, that was the talk.”

Joe Nichols

“My first experience singing in front of a crowd was at a Christmas play in third or fourth grade. The girl next to me was supposed to give me a friendly shove, but she shoved me down through the bleachers.”

Josh Turner

“This girl at school was dating this jerk, so I thought I’d use my charm to steal her away. I flirted with her one morning, and he shows up and cusses me out in front of everybody. Then to make it worse, she turned me down for a date.”

COUNTRY CUPIDS

TAYLOR SWIFT AND CHRIS YOUNG HELP PALS PUT A RING ON IT!

A PROPOSAL ON KIMMEL When Chris Young and his bandmates performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live in July, his bass player Steve Seils popped the question to girlfriend Missy Paige via a T-shirt. But it was a full week before the couple could celebrate. “When we got home and got off the bus, she was standing there in a T-shirt that said ‘Yes!'” says Young. “He got down on one knee and gave her the ring.”

IT ALL STARTED WITH A WARNING When Michigan radio DJ Jason (“the 300-lb. Cowboy”) Raithel and his girlfriend Kelli Ann visited Taylor Swift at a tour stop last year, Taylor’s mom, Andrea, told them, “Next time I see you two, you better be engaged!” When Taylor’s mom speaks, you listen. So at a July concert stop in Grand Rapids, Jason proposed. After he pulled out the ring, Taylor yelled, “Get on your knee,” but he joked that he might not be able to get back up again.

PASSAGES

BREAKUP

On July 9 Cheyenne Kimball, 21, abruptly quit Gloriana, tweeting, “It’s been a great 4 years.” She leaves founding members Rachel Reinert, 22, and brothers Tom, 30, and Mike Gossin, 26, who plan to continue the group, saying in a statement, “We couldn’t imagine our lives any other way.”

AUTHOR! AUTHOR!

He has 14 CMA awards, 14 ACM wins and 3 Grammys, and now Brad Paisley, 38, can boast of one more accomplishment: His first book, Diary of a Player (inset), hits stands Nov. 1.

RECOVERING

While in New York Aug. 10, Luke Bryan, 35, bought a skateboard and was taking one last glide when he fell and cut his forehead. After getting the gash stitched up, he tweeted a photo from the hospital: “Does anyone wanna see my latest screw up?”

ENGAGED

Randy Houser, 34, is officially taken. The “Boots On” singer asked his ladylove, Jessa Lee Yantz, 29, to be his bride, gushing how “I finally found the person that I can’t be without.”

MARRIED

Chely Wright married Lauren Blitzer, 30, on Aug. 20 in Litchfield, Conn. Wright, 40-who had a 1999 hit with “Single White Female” and came out last year in her memoir Like Me-and Blitzer both wore white.

CELEBRATION

Vince Gill, 54, took to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 13 to celebrate his 13th anniversary as a member. Performing with his wife, Amy Grant, 50, and being serenaded by the likes of Martina McBride, 45, Gill said at the end of the show, “Here’s to the next 20!”

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