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Kree Harrison to Play Grand Ole Opry

“American Idol” runner-up will make her Opry debut during CMA Music Festival week.

photo by Matthieu Young/FOX

Kree Harrison may not have been named the winner on the American Idol season finale last night (May 16), but that doesn't mean her journey has ended. Far from it, in fact. Just in time for CMA Music Festival, the talented singer has been added to the Grand Ole Opry lineup for Tuesday, June 4.

“I’m speechless. It has been my lifelong dream to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. I am so honored to be invited!” said Kree upon finding out she would be playing the Opry. Kree’s debut single, “All Cried Out,” is now available on iTunes.

Additional performers on the June 4 Opry show include Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Idol judge Keith Urban and Lennon and Maisy from ABC's Nashville. Lee Brice will get the fun started early that afternoon with an Opry Plaza Party.

And speaking of Idol, last night's finale was quite the blowout with performances from The Band Perry (with contestant Janelle Arthur) and Keith Urban, among others. Here's some of what we learned last night on the red carpet:

The Band Perry’s Reid on Kree:

“She brings a different style of country music which we love about country music. She brings a lot of soul, little but of blues, and raspy voice which we love.”

The Band Perry’s Kimberly on Janelle Arthur:

“We love Janelle—half of country music is the attitude of country music. She certainly has a lot of spitfire, man—an accent you can't deny. You know she’s a Tennessee girl. Her golden locks are gorgeous. She has the look, the attitude. She's reminiscent of Carrie Underwood in that way, and she's a very refined performer.”

Janelle on performing with The Band Perry:

“It was incredible. When I saw rehearsal video they sent me, I started crying. I couldn’t believe I was gonna be on the stage and be able to do that.”

“She [Kimberly] was so sweet, she wanted me to have a good performance. They are such good people, you can tell. I hung out with them on their bus and they invited me to hang out with them at one of their shows. They are such down-to-earth people and that’s really refreshing to see in the business.”

Janelle on perfecting the routine for “DONE.”

“After I watched the rehearsal video, two days later when I met with them I had the choreography down. I didn’t have the lyrics down yet, but had that part down.”

“They flew me to Texas where they were doing their shows. I went to Texas, hung out with them on the bus and rehearsed the next day.”


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