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How Luke Bryan had everyone in tears over incredibly thoughtful gesture for two young fans

Luke Bryan has suffered many losses over the years and knows only too well how devastating it is.MORE: Luke Bryan's children star in emotional new videoAnd the award-winning country star was more than sympathetic towards some young fans who came along to his concert last week - who had recently lost their father.The star was playing on stage at Hartford's Xfinity Theatre at the beginning of August, and invited up two brothers to sing Drink a Beer with him to help honor their late father, Robert LaFranchise, who passed away earlier in the year from a heart attack.VIDEO: Luke Bryan surprised on stage by wife CarolineThe two boys had been holding up a T-shirt saying 'Our Dad died. Can we sing Drink a Beer together?' which resulted in the singer to bring them up to the stage and put on the T-shirt.MORE: Luke Bryan supported by fans as he marks bittersweet farewellMORE: Luke Bryan throws shade at 'pretend farmer' Blake SheltonThe incredibly touching moment was shared by many concert-goers on social media, with one fan writing on Twitter: "Not a dry eye in sight! 23k people in Hartford, CT supporting these boys who lost their Dad.
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Luke Bryan opens up about upcoming CMA hosting gig: 'Such a privilege'
Luke Bryan for all of his country hits and for rocking the stage, he isn't opposed to exploring other ventures.MORE: Luke Bryan shares bittersweet update on niece's premature babyThe star recently bid farewell to his Las Vegas residency, and now he is taking a quick break from performing on his Raised Up Right tour to take on a new role near and dear to his heart.The Country Music Association, hosts of the beloved CMA Awards, have officially announced that their two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner, Luke himself, will be the host of the awards for their 56th installment.WATCH: Luke shares helpful farming tip with fansMORE: Luke Bryan has fans concerned with scary Fourth of July family photoHe'll be hosting for the second time alongside another beloved star, NFL icon Peyton Manning, who is hosting the awards for the first time.What's more, the singer is already getting some amazing hosting practice and advice from one of the most recognized hosts out there, none other than Ryan Seacrest, who Luke joined on Monday to host Live! With Kelly and Ryan as Kelly Ripa steps away for vacation time.The Country Girl hitmaker kicked off his hosting duties quite fittingly by announcing the exciting news on the morning talk show. The star is a staple among the CMA familyHe said: "Being a part of such a historical night that honors my peers and Country Music is such a privilege."MORE: Luke Bryan supported by fans as he marks bittersweet farewellMORE: Luke Bryan surprises fans as he performs carrying a baby on stageDetailing the process of coordinating the eventful night, he gave a sweet shout-out to his future co-host, saying: "When I was asked if Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with I didn't hesitate.
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Kelly Ripa's famous sub revealed on Live as star enjoys well-deserved vacation
Kelly Ripa is well and truly on vacation mode as the TV favorite has some much-deserved time off work.MORE: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' son lives a very different life to his famous parents The Live host was subbed on Monday's show by country star Luke Bryan, who kept her seat warm alongside regular co-host Ryan Seacrest.Kelly is no doubt enjoying some time with her husband Mark Consuelos and their family, likely jetting off somewhere for a summer holiday.VIDEO: A look at Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' love story The Generation Gap host has been presenting Live since 2001 and has co-hosted the morning show alongside the late Regis Philbin and Michael Strahan, before being joined by current co-host Ryan in 2017.MORE: Kelly Ripa's daughter Lola set for big change as she has plans to study abroadMORE: Kelly Ripa reunites with son Joaquin - but he's not impressed!From time to time, Kelly's husband Mark has also acted as the perfect temporary replacement when Ryan has taken vacation.Kelly and Ryan have a great on-screen chemistry and are good friends in real life too. In an interview with ET in 2020, Ryan got emotional as he spoke about his co-star.A post shared by LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (@livekellyandryan)Kelly Ripa's sub on Monday's Live was country star Luke Bryan"I'm using every ounce of my energy to fight back tears right now, while she's saying that," he said.
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Luke Bryan supported by fans as he marks bittersweet farewell
Luke Bryan faces a bittersweet farewell, fans have rushed to commend him over the major milestone he's achieved.MORE: Luke Bryan surprises fans as he performs carrying a baby on stageThe star just checked off yet another successful Las Vegas residency in the books, and took to Instagram to share a sweet tribute and message of gratitude to all of his supporters.This isn't Luke's first residency, nor will it be his last, but he documented it all, sharing glimpses of his true country star lifestyle along the way with many mid-performance photos where it's clear he truly gives it his all during concerts.Luke shares glimpse of his farm to fansMORE: Luke Bryan extends Las Vegas residency after incredible CMA Fest appearanceFollowing the final show, for now, he took to Instagram to share a slew of pictures from his time in Las Vegas, featuring the giant crowds that went to see him and him rocking it out on his guitar.In the caption, he gave a shout-out to his crew and band who made it all possible, writing: "Another Vegas run with these guys in the books."Proving how much he loves being on stage, and always looking ahead, he added: "Already looking forward to coming back in September." Luke undoubtedly belongs on stageHis followers were quick to commend him for his countless epic performances, writing: "We had sooo much fun!," and: "I loved the piano singalong and the end on the ramp and everything in between!" and a third endearingly wrote: "Vegas is your own sandbox!! Looks like you had FUN!! Thank you for sharing the pictures!! I know you are PROUD of the band crew and be able to play music with you at each show!! I know you will be ready to go back in September too!!"MORE: Luke Bryan marks Ellen DeGeneres' departure from
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Luke Bryan surprises fans as he performs carrying a baby on stage
Luke Bryan sure knows how to give a performance, and his latest is unlike any other he's done!MORE: Luke Bryan extends Las Vegas residency after incredible CMA Fest appearanceFans were in for the surprise of a lifetime when the singer interrupted his latest concert in Las Vegas to bring an adorable baby out on stage.As fans scrambled to figure out who the baby belonged to, Luke hilariously revealed that he didn't know either!WATCH: Luke shows off his farmMORE: Luke Bryan marks Ellen DeGeneres' departure fromHe took to Instagram to share the epic moment, which saw him performing his song All My Friends Say, with a microphone in one hand and the baby on the other, perched right on his hip.The singer appeared totally unfazed by the baby and continued singing, and once the song was done, he addressed the crowd to clarify where the baby had come from."It's a very special night for me y'all," he said, before joking: "It's been a hell of a party, at some point I got a baby."A post shared by Luke Bryan Official (@lukebryan)The hilarious and unexpected momentThough he was certainly having fun with the baby, it didn't take long for him to inquire about the mother's whereabouts, asking: "Where is the mother of this child?"MORE: Luke Bryan’s wife shares inspiring message with fans after 'wonderful' Mother's Day MORE: Lionel Richie has hilarious reaction to Luke Bryan's emotional moment on American IdolOnce the mom appeared, Luke hilariously sang "return to sender" and joked about what a great scrapbook moment the special appearance would eventually make, and even apologized, telling her: "I'm sorry I stole your baby." Luke seems to be having the time of his life on stageSharing the sweet moment on Instagram later, he captioned the
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Katy Perry 'to become highest-paid reality TV star in US with £24m American Idol salary'
Katy Perry could be on course to take home as much as a staggering $30m (£24m) for returning to American Idol in the next year.Executives at US TV station ABC are reportedly thrashing out a deal to keep Perry on the judging panel as well as raises for her fellow stars and host Ryan Seacrest.The negotiations could see talent pay soar over $80m (£63m) for the series.Perry is also being honoured with a Key to the Vegas Strip for her astonishing success in just SIX months with her Resorts World music residency.Insiders say that "verbally" Perry has agreed to return for the prime time show, which just ended at the weekend. Her whopping potential deal comes after she described her role on the show as a "by-product" of the important aspect of finding talent.However, behind the scenes, her agent is "working out the figures and pay package" which would keep her as the highest-paid reality screen star in the USA.Well placed sources say Lionel Richie is heading for around the $15m (£11m) mark while Luke Bryan is in the $18m (£14m) bracket and Seacrest is on course for near to $17.5m (£13m) - as part of his ongoing deal with ABC.Katy's previous salary was reported to be around $25m.Daily Star has approached ABC for comment.While the sums seem "enormous", Idol remains a rating juggernaut and "cash cow" for the network across primetime, online and in foreign sales deals.The recent finale, won by Noah Thompson, drew around 6m fans but importantly delivered a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 audience demo.A source, who works as a consultant for the show, said: "They want Katy back, she wants to return, so it"s now about getting the deal done.
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Thania Garcia This weekend’s season finale of “American Idol” is cooking up to be a star-studded event with performances by season four winner and current mentor on the program, Carrie Underwood, as well as Michael Bublé, Thomas Rhett and Sara Bareilles, among many others.The three-hour special will also welcome judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan to the stage with additional performances by Ben Platt; Earth, Wind & Fire; Deana Carter; Flo Rida; Melissa Etheridge; Tai Verdes; “Idol” alum Gabby Barrett and James Arthur.This season’s three finalists — Noah Thompson, HunterGirl and Leah Marlene — will perform for one last time in hopes of bringing home the winning title, with one round dedicated to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Sunday night’s (May 15) episode of “American Idol” included performances from Fritz Hager and Thompson — both of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in the weeks prior.Although Thompson made it through, Hager and Nicola Bozzo were eliminated during the semi-finals.Marlene expressed the most shock with the results of the finalist lineup following her performances of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and Underwood’s “I’ll Stand By You.” She fell to the floor as her name was revealed by host Ryan Seacrest.Sunday night’s episode also featured a performance from Finneas who sang his funky pop single “Naked.”Season 20 of “American Idol” will wrap on Sunday, May 22 starting at 8 p.m.
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