Nancy to Co-Host "Entertainment Tonight at The Oscars Live on Pop!"

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pop and “Entertainment Tonight” will bring fans closer to their favorite movie stars at The Oscars®, for live television coverage from the red carpet this Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 PM, ET/2:00 PM, PT.


ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT AT THE OSCARS LIVE ON POP is a two-and-a-half hour live broadcast hosted by ET's Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier with correspondent Nischelle Turner and fashion expert Jeannie Mai. The show will bring viewers one-on-one interviews with this year’s Oscar nominees and presenters, as well as an up-close look at Hollywood’s most celebrated talent donning the ultimate red carpet style and hottest haute couture.

“We are thrilled that Pop and ET are joining forces on the red carpet for a third consecutive year,” said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President of Original Programming, Pop. “For fans of pop culture, there is no bigger night in Hollywood - and no one can cover it better live than Pop and ET.”

“The Pop partnership allows us to bring fans to the red carpet with us as we talk with Oscars’ biggest stars and see all that Oscar fashion for the very first time,” said Brad Bessey, Executive Producer, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.” “We recap the best of the best the following night on ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ but with the live show we’re sharing it, unfiltered, in real time and that is an entertainment lover’s dream.”

Produced by “Entertainment Tonight,” television’s #1 syndicated entertainment show from CBS Television Distribution, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT AT THE OSCARS LIVE ON POP will also recap the year’s best motion pictures, as well as spotlight the biggest Oscar stories making buzz around town, including Leo’s road to Oscar gold, the return of Sylvester Stallone, plus Academy Award favorites Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett.

Nancy O'Dell in Origin Magazine!

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Nancy O’Dell: Well, I just actually spent an entire weekend with the Special Olympics and doing a bunch of stuff with them. I did the opening ceremony, and then I did the “sports experience” yesterday. And so, honestly, I have to say—and [it] sounds predictable—kindness. Because the Special Olympics, like having to see that yesterday, it’s so much about inclusion and respect for people. AndI think that’s another thing that inspires me. I think so many times people forget how important that is. I was with one of the kids yesterday doing the “sports experience,” and after I was done, that athlete was so concerned with the umpire and making sure that we thanked him, and making sure that we included him in the photo. And I was like, isn’t that cool? That Special Olympics is all about inclusion and respect for all people. And making sure that nobody feels left out, and he was so conscious about that. You know, when someone works hard at something like that and they’re kind to people, that’s very inspirational to me.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

NO: The death of my mom, for sure. I still don’t feel like I’ve overcome it all, and I still struggle with it on a daily basis. I mean, we were just really, really close. So, you know, I’ll even think, “Oh, I’m gonna tell Mom that!” and then I realize so often I can’t. Because we would talk every single day, and I was just really close with her and she was just such an incredible mom, and she was there with me every single minute of my life. And so, she passed away from ALS, like two days shy of my daughter turning a year old.

RP: You’re a big advocate for ALS now, right?

NO: I am. I just became the spokesperson for The Ice Bucket Challenge is coming back around, and they do so much for research with ALS and trying to find a drug and trying to find a cure. There’s really only one drug that is out there right now, and it really doesn’t do much other than extend one’s life by a month or so. So there’s really some research that needs to be done. That’s why the Ice Bucket Challenge was amazing! So I’m very honored to be able to do that. And Augie Nieto, who is kind of a well-known figure in the ALS world, has been living with ALS for about ten years. He’s very involved in the forefront of research. So I’m looking forward to working with them… hopefully doing some good and helping them raise awareness for funding and research. You know, hopefully no one else will have to go through what we did.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

NO: Well, I’m really excited because I have a clothing line coming out with EVINE [Live]. It was started by an incredible group of executives; you can shop online, you can shop on TV, and, you know, it’s like I have to report so much on the current trends and on the fashion. And I have to work so much on Entertainment Tonight, and so often I’ll have people write in and say, “Hey, where did you get your dress?” you know, or “Where’d you get your shoes?” and “Where’d you get that?” So it will be fun to say, “It’s actually from the Nancy O’Dell collection.” It will be fun to finally be able to say that. We’ve had a lot of fun; we’ve been, like, sifting through my closet, and I’m like, “I like this, I like this.” And it’s been great; I like to call it “elegance with an edge.” Because it’s great—it kind of works within your career, and then it can transition into a school meeting, if you’re a mom. Or going out to meet someone for dinner; it works for that. You can add one piece or take off another. It works for all those different phases of one’s life.

Nancy Says New Clothing Collection is Elegance with an "Edge"!

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Nancy O’Dell is one of the most revered and beloved television personalities in Hollywood, and even with her illustrious on-air gig the Entertainment Tonightco-anchor maintains a powerful backstage presence. Behind the scenes, the multifaceted mom is a producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur and best-selling author, and now she’s adding fashion designer to her resume as she’s readying to launch her new clothing collection later this month.

We were thrilled to catch up with the Emmy Award-winning journalist to find out more about her latest undertaking, and although the busy star maintains a full workload this new venture is a yearning she’s had for quite some time. “I’ve been talking about and wanting to do a clothing line for a very long time,” O’Dell tells Tinseltown Mom. “I have to keep up with all the latest fashion to report on it daily at Entertainment Tonight and I get to play dress-up every day at my job, wearing such fun clothes, so it is such a natural fit for me to do my own line.”

Another organic fit was O’Dell’s collaboration with the digital retailer, EVINE Live, whom she started working with about a year ago. “…Evine is the right company for me to do my clothing with because they are so ‘current’ in the way that people shop. EVINE Live is a shopping destination you can find by tuning in to EVINE Live on the TV channel in your local area the traditional way, but you can also watch the broadcast live online or via mobile app at So it makes shopping a breeze because you can watch and shop literally at the same time.”

O’Dell wanted to create a line that made it easier for all women to find sophisticated clothes with a “coolness” to them. “There is something that I have really noticed by reporting on celebrity fashion every day. One thing celebrities do very well is to wear elegant, classy clothes, but clothes that also have an edge…their clothes have that something extra, which gives them this cool factor. To find that golden combo, celebrities have access to stylists and to designers directly, but it is hard to simply find that combo in stores. So I wanted to make it easy on women. I didn’t want everyone to have to go to the junior section to try and find a little edge and then have to wonder if the clothing is age-appropriate…I wanted to make it a breeze for all us women out there to let people know we are current, on trend, and like to have fun too!”

It’s apparent the busy star thoroughly enjoys her regular gig of being co-host on TV’s longest-running entertainment news program, but she also admits to always having had a love for fashion and even recalls fun, fond memories of her shopping excursions with her mom growing up. “…when you break it down, fashion is about telling a story. And that is something I have loved doing as a journalist for 24 years now. It is probably the reason I love fashion so much. As far as the styling, you have to think of the pieces of clothing as chapters in a book and the chapters all have to flow together nicely for it to be a beautiful book. On a larger scale, you are essentially telling a part of your story by what you wear because you are showing your personality with your clothes. Think about it…you can really tell what someone is like in real life many times by the clothes they choose.”

Celebrities and fashion go hand-in-hand and O’Dell has seen and interviewed some of the biggest names on the red carpet and beyond, which made us curious about the fashion-savvy celebs she admires. “The celebrities whom I am always waiting to see on a red carpet are Taylor Swift, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Beyoncé, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez. They just seem to get it right all the time. They stun with classiness and sophistication, but they always bring some unusual element to their style, ‘the edge.’”

The fashion designer describes her own collection as elegance with an edge and explains the look in various ways. “…For example, simply adding a rocker-type zipper to an outfit can give it that cool factor. I have a couple of cardigans in the line, which are far from basic sweaters as I made them asymmetrical…asymmetrical clothing is huge on runways this fall. The leggings in my line make your legs look super long because we added this faux leather strip down the side. I also have a feminine top, but it is paired with a metal chain piece. It is the contrast in the soft and hard which gives it the edge. One of the dresses in the line has a formal look, yet we used an athletic mesh fabric. A faux leather vest in the collection has a tailored look but had a soft layer at the bottom. Again, it is adding that unusual element which gives a piece of clothing its chicness. The color palettes are vibrant, rich tones surrounded by edgy blacks and neutrals.”

O’Dell is clearly passionate about her new line and says she was “hugely” involved in the design process. In fact, the first meeting she had with the Evine reps, she spent 3 hours in her closet pulling out clothes and talking about her personal style. “…I approved every single drawing, made notes and sketches on changes to be made, felt and approved the materials and I even chose the exact zippers to be used. They, and I, wanted to make sure I was in love with every piece of clothing in the collection. And I am! In fact you will see me wearing my own line on Entertainment Tonight, so I am excited about that.”

The beautiful star also wanted to make sure this collection was affordable for the average female shopper, something she says was extremely important to her. “All the materials we used look super rich, but the great thing is that they are not expensive. The price range of the pieces in the line is $49-$99. And something else that was very important to me was to have the clothing work for all elements of life. I wanted styles you can wear to work, to a school function, and also out to dinner. So many times people differentiate those three things and you really don’t have to. With my line, the pieces are very versatile, and sometimes just simply changing shoes can completely change the look. So that makes the clothes even more affordable because you can wear them for multiple occasions.”

In addition to O’Dell’s new clothing collection she is the spokesperson for, an honor the philanthropist is truly proud to be a part of. Advocating for ALS awareness and research funding is very personal to the TV personality. Her mother, whom she was very close to, was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2007 and passed away from complications related to the disease in June of 2008. O’Dell hopes she can somehow contribute in helping to find a cure so that no other family has to go through what she went through.

O’Dell’s online clothing collection launches the weekend of September 11th and 12th, but, on September 11th you can watch her show the clothing line personally by tuning in toEVINE Live on TV, at 8pm (PT); 10pm (CT); or 11pm (ET), and on September 12ththroughout the day. Or, to see where EVINE Live airs in your area, check your local listings or go to

Published: Monday, September 7, 2015




Nancy O'Dell Takes a Stand for ALS

The Entertainment Tonight host is announced as spokesperson for announced today that Nancy O'Dell, host of Entertainment Tonight, joined the organization as an official spokeswoman in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease without a cure or effective treatment, and in which the average patient survives only two to five years following his or her diagnosis. 

Advocating for ALS awareness and research funding is very personal for O’Dell. Her mother, Betty, was diagnosed with ALS in November 2007, and she passed away from complications related to the disease in June 2008. In addition, O’Dell was inspired by Augie Nieto and his battle against ALS and began advocating for Augie’s Quest, an affiliate of, in 2009. Today, she hopes to continue to bring help and hope to all those affected by the disease. 

As spokeswoman, O’Dell is focused on building awareness of the work of, a global network of affiliates who are working tirelessly towards a cure for ALS. exclusively funds the ALS Therapy Development Institute,’s Massachusetts-based laboratory, a nonprofit biotech that is 100% focused on ALS research. Last year, the Institute directly received $4 million via the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it spent all of the funds on research programs with the best opportunities to make an impact to end ALS. O’Dell feels strongly about aligning herself with an organization that shares her commitment and urgency to find effective treatments and a cure for ALS.

One of O’Dell’s first undertakings as a spokesperson for will be participating in the 2015Ice Bucket Challenge, teaming up with ALS patient, Anthony Carbajal, on building momentum around the campaign. She plans to enlist the support of celebrity friends around the country in this year’s challenge, which promises to be bigger and better by those including Ice Bucket Challenge co-founders, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn.

"I want to humanize ALS so people understand how it affects people living with the disease, their families and their friends," says O’Dell. "ALS took one of the sweetest people who ever walked this earth. I want to do whatever I can to stop it from taking somebody else’s loved one. is a true partner in this fight, and I am honored to call myself a spokeswoman."

Photo taken by ALS patient and advocate, Anthony Carbajal. 

About ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis, due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cure for the disease. About 5,000 people in the US are diagnosed with ALS each year; the incidence is similar to multiple sclerosis. However, with no effective treatment, the average patient survives only 2-5 years following diagnosis. The worldwide population of ALS patients is estimated at 450,000. 

About is the global network dedicated to funding research into developing effective treatments on the path to a cure for the ALS community. It is a group of like-minded people, families, foundations, and companies using grassroots techniques and social technologies to advance our mission to end ALS. By connecting and working together, building awareness, and sharing our stories, we can drive funding to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100% on ALS research. For more information, visit

About Nancy O’Dell

Named one of Television Week's 10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication, Emmy Award-winning entertainment journalist Nancy O'Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country's most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O'Dell is the co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight, and is now a Doctor. In May of 2013, her alma mater, Clemson University, awarded Nancy an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

In addition to her work with ET, O’Dell has contributed reports to CBS This Morning, NBC’s Todayshow and Dateline. She is executive producer and host of Celebrities at Home on HGTV. 

Prior to her role as spokesperson for, O’Dell served as National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS National Ambassador. Additionally, O'Dell was inducted into the American Red Cross's National Celebrity Cabinet in 2002 and remains in that position today, and she also serves as a celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes (MOD). Further, she acts as an international board member for Best Buddies, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.


Published: Thursday, August 06, 2015

Author: Mari Cody

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#ReachUp Stars Light Up Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony

“So everyone reach up, put your hands together/Don’t give up, climb forever.”

These inspiring lyrics officially kicked off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games during the Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles.

Marc Roberge and his O.A.R bandmates and Cody Simpson hit the stage with rock stars Bree Bogucki and Madison Tevlin. The fab foursome performed in front of thousands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The performance was also broadcast live on ESPN.

It was a performance months in the making. A performance that captured the hearts of all who watched. And a performance with an inspiring message to all Special Olympics athletes.


“I’m hoping people were inspired and know that anyone can do what they put their mind to," an elated Bugucki said after reuniting with her family in the stands. "I mean, this is the Special Olympics World Games... It’s amazing!” 

Bugucki's hopes came true.

Sitting in the stands, watching the decorated Special Olympics athlete with autism and Tevlin, a viral singing sensation from Canada with Down syndrome, perform alongside two professional musicians was an overwhelmingly emotional experience. Technically speaking, Simpson and Roberge are “the famous ones”, but the girls truly stole the show. They were naturals. Both hands up, encouraging the crowd and athletes everywhere to "reach up" for inclusion and acceptance.

The performance was the icing on the cake after a weekend full of events and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The girls recorded "Reach Up" with Simpson and Roberge in May. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of promotion and preparation for the big show in Los Angeles. The group h become ambassadors for the Special Olympics and Coca-Cola, appearing on Good Morning America and ESPN and spreading their #ReachUp message via social media.


Leading up to their big performance, the girls had some down time with the Coca-Cola crew to… well, just be girls. And what do girls do best? Shop! After all, it is L.A. It’s almost a fashion crime not to take full advantage of this shopper’s paradise. They picked out their concert outfits. Bogucki went for more of an All American look with a t-shirt and jeans, and Tevlin decided to go full-on rocker chic with rhinestones, studs and leather leggings. The looks complemented their personalities.  

All decked out on the Opening Ceremony red carpet Saturday afternoon, the girls rubbed elbows with celebrities and influencers from around the world. Unfazed by the hype surrounding many of the stars, the "Reach Up" singers went around taking selfies with their new famous friends.

Left to right: Bree Bogucki, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, Madison Tevlin and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussy Cat Dolls

They snapped pics with Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussy Cat Dolls, Cody Simpon’s family and sister Ali Simpson, plus more.

Wait. Justin Bieber? Oh yes. You better belieb it.

According to Tevlin, everyone was “super supportive” and “awesome” backstage. Oh and of course, now they are all fans of hers. How could they not be? One hug from Tevlin and you’re hooked. 

Once all the red carpet selfies were taken, it was time to mentally prep for the performance. And that meant one thing for this crew: a pre-show chant led by Simpson.

All hands in. “One, two, three… REACH UP!”

Show time. 


Everyone in the stadium felt like a champion that night. It was obvious. It was infectious.

Hands raised to the sky. Faces lit up with excitement. Smiles were shared and tears were shed.

The girls' families were outwardly emotional. Tears streamed down their proud faces as they watched their little girls shine.

This is the first year the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony was broadcast on live TV, with the "Reach Up" performance kicking off the prime-time festivities. 

“I liked being on stage with everyone. I walked out and was like… ‘okay I’M ON!’" Bogucki said. "All I could think was, 'this is so much fun!' It was like a bunch of friends getting together and singing. I know they’re famous, but I just look at them like, 'oh you’re one of my friends.'”

Tevlin, on the other hand, looked less than thrilled. At this point I had developed a special bond with the girls. I could immediately tell something was wrong. I held her close. 

“It’s over,” she said, trying to hold back tears. “It’s all over.”

The words stung. It was over. Well, almost.

She had a wonderful experience performing on stage. Simpson and Roberge mean everything to her. But now that the performance they had been working towards for months, was done. It begged the question, now what? You could see the uncertainty in her eyes.

"It’s not over," I assured her.

Like every great moment, it must come to an end. But like every great friendship, the bond will last forever. The words rang true. It was the reassurance she needed. The reassurance, I needed.

She cheered up. The rest of the night was unforgettable. From beginning to end, the ceremony was more spectacular than one could imagine. The athletes carried themselves with such grace, exuding positive energy as they proudly marched in with their respective country. And the speakers were phenomenal. Eva Longoria, Tim Shriver, Maria Shriver and others each shared what Special Olympics meant to them.

Then First Lady Michelle Obama brought down the house at the end when she finally said the words the whole world had been waiting for, "Let the 2015 Special Olympics World Games begin!"

By:  Meagan Priselac Jul 29, 2015


ET: Nancy O'Dell Keeps 2015 Special Olympics Torch Alive with 'Glee' Star Lauren Potter

Nancy participated in the World Summer Games' Unified Relay torch running ceremony on Friday as a Co-Captain, running in the final leg of the event withGlee actress Lauren Potter.

Nancy shared her excitement on Instagram, posting a sweet pic of her and Lauren which she captioned, "I am so honored and excited for tomorrow as I run in the #UnifiedRelay with my friend @thelaurenpotter Join me as we #PassTheFlame in the @SpecialOlympics."

Nancy has long been an outspoken advocate for Best Buddies International and the Special Olympics because of their tireless dedication to bringing joy, opportunity, respect and inclusion to all people.

NEWS: Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Take the Plunge To Raise Money for the Special Olympics!

The ET host opened up on Facebook recently, sharing a story about her Aunt Ellen who had Down Syndrome and was often not treated with respect and inclusion despite being a wonderful, loving person.

"Because of Best Buddies and the Special Olympics, others like my Aunt Ellen are thriving and living a very fulfilling life today. They're given job opportunities and the chance to develop wonderful friendships. And, with the Special Olympics, they are given a chance to compete with other athletes from all over the world," Nancy shared. "I am honored to be a Good Will Ambassador for the Special Olympics and a Co-Captain in the Unified Torch relay."

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games kick off July 25 in Los Angeles.

WATCH: Nancy O'Dell Takes The ALS Awareness Ice Bucket Challenge!

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Evine to Offer Nancy O’Dell Fashion Line

By Vicki M. Young

Evine Live is pushing ahead with its plan to include more fashion offerings, and its latest is a new collection from Nancy O’Dell.

The collection will be available on the digital commerce company in September for the first showing. A follow-up show will be in November, which is slated to include additions to the collection.

O’Dell fits the profile of the new lines and offerings that Evine is introducing to its audience to attract consumers through its proprietary brands. As the co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, she will be the latest “personality” to be featured on the home shopping network. The hope is that O’Dell will bring her fan base to Evine.

Chief executive officer Mark Bozek said, “This is the key differentiator: Gone are the days when you can just be famous and go on television to sell works. Now you have to be passionate about the product. The customer can see through that if you’re not. Nancy has a great sense of style and is passionate about design and fashion. That’s really what we look for when we launch a personality-based brand.”

For O’Dell, the collection won’t be just a line with a celebrity’s name slapped on the label. She’s already been at work helping with the design. “I’ve been working with the manufacturer over the design element, approving [everything] from zippers to tags and materials.”

O’Dell said Bozek and his team met at her house in the beginning of the project, where they “went through my closet, piece by piece and talked about my style. I call this elegance with an edge.”

The ET host said moving into apparel seemed a natural next step, given that viewers often ask her about the items she wears on the show, such as which designer or where it can be bought. O’Dell said she plans to wear her new line on the show, and has already worn some of the samples to day-to-day events such as business meetings and when with her kids at school.

The collection will initially feature 18 styles, with some styles having two to four options each, whether different color choices or patterns, and range on average from $49 to $99. Options cover the range from blouses to dresses and jumpsuits to faux leather jackets and knit sweaters.

Bozek said the initial plan is just for apparel. “We are starting with one category to build up recognition [for the line] and a customer base, and then will carefully expand from there. For Nancy, style is not just about clothes. It’s all of her, from shoes to accessories and handbags.”

Entertainment Tonight Wins a Daytime Emmy!

ET's very own Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Executive Producer Brad Bessey and our many talented producers took to the stage at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards -- held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.-- and accepted the award on behalf of the show. 

This is our second win in this prestigious category, and though the competition was stiff, we take special pride in being honored with this recognition.

Big thanks to all of our viewers who we share this award with today! We will continue to work hard to provide our fans and followers with all the greatest in entertainment news.





TWEET: Presenters for the @ACMawards announced for #ACMawards50 on @CBS [insert your link here]

Encino, CA (April 16, 2015) - The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that Troy Aikman, Beth Behrs, Clint Black,Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Mickey Guyton, Hunter Hayes, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Taya KyleDr. Phil McGraw, Justin Moore, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Sofia Vergara, Reese WitherspoonJason Witten, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama,and Big & Rich have been added as presenters for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM - 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  

Previously announced performers for the star-studded event include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia LineLady Antebellum, Little Big TownRascal Flatts,special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artistsas well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shayplus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.

Tickets for the 50th ACM Awards® are available at Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

The Sports Brat: Q&A with Nancy O’Dell

It may be April fool’s but this is no joke! Today, I’m sharing my Q&A with TV personality, sports junkie and my #WCW, Nancy O’Dell.  Nancy is dishing on her teams, March Madness predictions and more!  Enjoy!

The Sports Brat:   We know you’re an avid sports fan, so who do you root for?

Nancy O’Dell:  Well, my Clemson Tigers, of course…in everything…football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis. You name it and I follow all those teams on TV, internet, social media, etc. so I make sure I don’t miss any Clemson updates. As far as college football, I love watching all college games. There is just something about school spirit that I think is so much fun to watch – I love the passion, the camaraderie. And no one has it more than my fellow Tiger fans! Sometimes I get so nervous and uptight when I am watching them, believe it or not, I have to go take a walk break for a minute.

TSB:   I’ve heard you golf…how did you get into it? What other sports do you play?

NO:  I can’t say I am a great golfer. On the other hand, my husband and my stepson are avid and GREAT golfers. I like to hit it off the tee and putt. The in between shots are the ones I don’t have a lot of practice with, but what I love most about golf are the beautiful courses. Sometimes it is just fun to ride along…gorgeous scenery and so relaxing. My husband is getting ready to play Pebble Beach, so you know I’ll be riding along for that one! As far as other sports, I have loved being an athlete all my life. Growing up, I played a ton of basketball and tennis. I grew up in Myrtle Beach S.C., perfect for tennis. I also participated in volleyball, softball and I am a big ping-pong player! I still play most all of them today. My daughter is 7 now and she is playing those sports, so it is great to be able to play with her. I didn’t play soccer growing up, and ironically, that’s my daughter’s favorite sport so I am enjoying learning as she plays.

TSB:   Which are your favorite sports to watch?

NO:  I love watching so many sports. Football and basketball are probably my favorites to watch. As far as professional football, gotta pull for my Carolina Panthers. Or sometimes I pull for the teams which have former Clemson football players on them now. I also enjoy watching a good professional tennis match.

TSB:  What’s your go-to look for game day?

NO:  Total casualness…usually sweats and a t-shirt. I gotta be able to jump up and down and cheer easily. And if it is a day on which my Clemson Tigers are playing, I am dressed head-to-toe in orange and so is the rest if my entire family, including our little Yorkie, Buttercup!

TSB:  March Madness is happening, who do you think will win the tourney?

NO:  I think Kentucky is gonna take it all. They are so good, I would bet they could beat a ton of the professional teams. I am very excited to say I am the only woman in the Dan Patrick Celebrity Bracket Challenge and I am doing quite well! Woo hoo! I am one of the top 3 pickers right now.

TSB: You’re a pro when it comes to interviewing, have you interviewed any athletes?

NO:  Yes, I have interviewed quite a few athletes and I love doing those interviews, as it is always interesting to hear how they became involved in the sport and from where they get their competitive drive. I’ve interviewed some sports legends like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Marino, Andre Agassi, and Marcus Allen. In fact, Marcus Allen has become such a dear friend of my family. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to L.A. and he’s such a kind, classy, thoughtful person. He and my husband play golf all the time together. And I actually played golf, not tennis, with Andre. I enjoyed hosting the live red carpet for the ESPYs one year, so I chatted with a ton of sports celebrities there. We have had a lot of fun guest co-hosts on ET, like Deion Sanders, Jason Sehorn, Emmitt Smith, and John Salley. I have also covered the Olympics many years so I have interviewed many of those athletes. I particularly loved covering the 2004 Olympics in Greece and interviewing the medalists every morning after their wins like Michael Phelps. My report on Misty May and Kerri Walsh was actually playing them in volleyball. They said I didn’t do “too poorly” against them. I took that as  a compliment considering their world class playing!

Now you all probably understand why she’s my #WCW…smart, sporty and totally awesome! Thank you Nancy!!