"We’re the same person, he’s just a boy": Why Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett work as "CMA Fest" co-hosts

Bob D'Amico/ABCKelsea Ballerini steps up to the mic tonight to co-host ABC’s annual special taped at CMA Music Festival back in June. While it’s her first time hosting the three-hour extravaganza, her recent tourmate Thomas Rhett returns to helm the show for a second year.

The “Legends” hitmaker has an interesting theory as to why she and TR make such a good pair.

“Me and Thomas got to tour together earlier this year,” she explains. “I feel like we're the same person, he's just a boy. And so, we became such good friends and just bonded over so much. And he loves [my fiance] Morgan [Evans], I love [his wife] Lauren, and we're all just really good friends.”

Kelsea already has one high-profile hosting gig under her belt, having emceed ABC’s Greatest Hits with Arsenio Hall last summer. The 23-year-old shares a similar kind of camaraderie with TR as she did with the talk show legend.

“It's really nice just being able to co-host with someone that you're comfortable with,” Kelsea says. “It was the same with Arsenio when I got to do that with him. You get to just have this synergy together that feels kind of effortless. It's been really fun.”

You can check out all the music and star-studded fun when CMA Fest premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out Friday

Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out FridayABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion are gearing up to share more new music, and from the snippet they posted to social media this week, the next song they’ve got coming is a flirty, tropical summertime anthem.

“This is one y’all haven’t ever heard yet,” the group revealed on social media, posting a 30-second clip of their new song along with a portion of the lyrics. Called “Everything to Lose,” the tune focuses on the early stages of a new relationship.

“Everything that you do is driving me crazy / Dancing and singing along and it’s catching my ear, catching my eye,” the song begins. “Think that it’s been long enough, girl, you know I ain’t playing / So let’s blow this popsicle stand, girl, and kiss it goodbye...”

“Everything to Lose” will be the first taste of previously unheard music from Old Dominion since May, when they dropped three older songs that they’d written for previous projects but that didn’t make the cut.

The band released their self-titled third album in October of last year. That project includes hits like “Make it Sweet” and “One Man Band.”

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This is one y'all haven't ever heard yet. #everythingtolose is out tonight. #previouslyunreleased pic.twitter.com/L7kiYjHsk0

— Old Dominion (@OldDominion) July 2, 2020