Rascal Flatts: Country Is Part of the Mainstream TV Mix

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This is a big deal: Rascal Flatts is hosting and performing on the all-genre CBS special on adoption that airs tonight (Dec. 19).

It's even titled A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts.

"The show is so well-done and we're such a big fan of it," lead singer Gary LeVox told Country Weekly. "So to be able to host it and have it be called A Home for the Holiday With Rascal Flatts, it's a really big honor."

"Truth is," the group's Jay DeMarcus said, joking, "we don't know what it's about. We wanted the TV time."

Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips are all part of the CBS special, which has been hosted by Faith Hill in the past.

Jokes aside, the guys are happy to be a part of a national TV trend that's including country artists next to pop, rock and R&B stars. That includes Taylor Swift co-hosting the Grammy nominations special, and Blake Shelton and Keith Urban scoring judges/mentors slots on big-time TV singing contests.

"When you're looking at mainstream stuff, it's American Idol and The Voice and all that," Gary said. "How many places country fits in now. It's really at the top of the game."

Jay, well, he kept on joking around, offering this reason why Rascal Flatts got tapped to host the CBS special:

"Gary volunteered to adopt several of the kids—it's really sweet of him to be that kindhearted."

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