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Clint Black, a comedian? Jo Dee Messina, a dancer?

Thursday, April 3, 2008 – Clint Black a comedian? Jo Dee Messina a dancer?

Viewers can see for themselves when the singers appear on a new competition, Secret Talent of the Stars, the weekly celebrity talent show that will reveal the unknown talents of 16 well-known personalities, premiering live, Tuesday, April 8 at 10 p.m. eastern on CBS.

Black will tell jokes and has been featured in television advertising promoting the show. It was not clear when he would appear on the show. "Usually I don't prefer to be laughed at, but now it's a must," he said. The television show will follow Black on his journey through the comedy clubs of Nashville and Los Angeles, where he made a few surprise appearances as he prepared for the Tuesday night live telecast. "I've already played to a full house and an empty one. Everything is better when the audience shows up."

Messina will train with choreographer Dave Scott ("Step Up") to perform an urban dance, blending hip hop and step, with a supporting troupe. Messina will appear April 15 in competition against three others. Viewer votes will determine two Semi-Finalists to move on to the next round.

"I am so excited to be a part of this show. I get a chance to do something I love and don't have the opportunity to do that often. My real competition in the show is with myself, I just want to nail it," she said.

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If at first you don't succeed, your record company will punish you. That's what Jo Dee Messina learned in the past five years. What was one new album has now been converted into a trilogy of EPs to be released over the course of 2010 and grouped loosely by topic. This breaks the deadlock of Messina's wish to offer up all the new music she's been making against the business requirement of a monster hit. Messina's had a lot of those (nine number ones), so maybe it wasn't wholly unfair. »»»
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