"Hashtag Lierks love," Dierk Bentley joked. "Let's get that trending"

By Rose Minutaglio
April 02, 2017 06:10 PM
51st Academy Of Country Music Awards Host Press Conference
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Gambling, tattoos and — naked swimming with dolphins?

Two-time ACM Awards co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley got real about what goes on after the annual show in Las Vegas as the hilarious duo prep for Sunday’s big night.

“When the show ends and we feel like we did a good job or if we feel like we didn’t do a good job, there’s a party happening either way!” Bentley, 41, told reporters in New York City earlier this week.

“Dierks wants to go swimming with dolphins,” joked Bryan, 40.

“Yeah, naked of course — it’s my dream!” responded Bentley with a smile and a laugh.

“Naked dolphin swimming?” said Bryan. “I saw that in a Vegas brochure one time!”

The two even joked that they might try gambling — or getting tattoos.

“We’ll be busy for the day and [then] we’ll be like hey you have six hours off!” says Bryan. “Whoohoo!”

The dynamic duo hosted the 2016 ACM awards together, and say this year fans should expect something a “little more savvy, a little better.”

“You remember when something kind of works or when something really works,” Bryan, who is also up for Entertainer of the Year, admits. “You want to minimize any margin of error and have the show go off without a hitch and represent country music in the best way possible.”

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As for a joint nickname for the hilarious hosts?

“Lierks!” says Bryan.

“Hashtag Lierks love,” adds Bentley. “Let’s get that trending.”

The ACM Awards will broadcast live on Sunday from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS Television Network.