Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, and multiplatinum country star Trace Adkins are co-hosting the American Country Awards for the second straight year when the fan-voted show airs at 7 tonight on Fox.
Along with meeting more of the country stars she loves hearing on the radio, Chenoweth, told a group of reporters (including yours truly) in a teleconference last week that she is most looking forward to reuniting with Adkins, who hosted the fledgling ACAs solo in their first year.
“Honestly, that’s what brought me back this year. It’s him,” the Oklahoma native said. “He is a really good person. He has a very good sense of humor and for some reason we have kind of a fun chemistry. It’s not two people that you would necessarily put together, but it works. I just flat out adore him.”
Of all her different projects, the petite Tony winner said she most enjoys performing live, which is part of the reason she relishes co-hosting the ACAs with the towering Adkins.
“Well, the most challenging part for our producers, I’m sure, is to get us in the same frame,” she quipped.
“What we want to do is we just don’t want to screw up live. That’s going to be the biggest challenge, but also one that I love because it’s live theater. I look at it as live theater. … I just am a creature of live audience.” It doesn’t even have to be necessarily an opera or a musical. Even in concert, I love the live audience. So I probably thrive there more.”
Chenoweth released her first country album, “Some Lessons Learned,” in 2011. She is expected to perform the raucous cut “What Would Dolly Do” on tonight’s ACAs.
To read more of my new feature with Chenoweth, click here, and check out this preview of the show: