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See the ‘AGT’ judges go crazy over a country trio’s Dolly Parton-inspired bop

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Dolly Parton didn’t appear on Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent,” but her presence was definitely felt.

Two sisters and their cousin who make up a trio from Mississippi called Chapel Hart received the coveted Golden Buzzer after performing an original song called “You Can Have Him Jolene,” a follow-up to Parton’s classic “Jolene.”

The rousing number got audience members out of their seats, and after the song ended, the crowd chanted, “Golden Buzzer!”

“I needed you today. That was fantastic. I love you,” judge Simon Cowell said before he asked if they’d been trying to get a record deal.

“We’ve been trying to break into Nashville for the last couple of years, but it’s been kind of hard when country music doesn’t always look like us,” said one of the members, while getting choked up.

Cowell’s fellow judges also couldn’t heap enough praise on the trio.

“I love the song. I love the energy. I love the look,” Howie Mandel said. “You say country music doesn’t look like you. That is your win because you are going to be the original.”

Chapel Hart’s infectious smile — and infectious music — won over the “America’s Got Talent” judges.NBC

“Your joy is infectious and everything that you’re giving it’s received over here and I loved it,” Heidi Klum said.

“Everything was perfect. The song, the energy. You guys look like you’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’m so proud of you guys,” Sofia Vergara said.

Cowell and Klum said they would give them the Golden Buzzer if they hadn’t already used it, prompting the crowd to start chanting “Golden Buzzer” again.

The judges then conferred with host Terry Crews and a few moments later they hit the Golden Buzzer, sending the group to the live rounds of the show.

Chapel Hart is one of many compelling acts looking to win the whole shebang on “America’s Got Talent.” The show has already handed out the Golden Buzzer to a Polish teenage singer during her first trip to America, as well as an 11-year-old girl who had been planted in the audience.

“AGT” this week also featured a moving performance from Amanda Mammana, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter with a speech impediment.

“You spoke to us very honestly about the issues you have with your speech, and it’s terrifying auditioning when you don’t have an issue like that,” Cowell told her. “And then you’re amazing. Your voice is so pure, so beautiful. And also you’re a good songwriter. And I think you’re an incredible person.”

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Jennifer Hudson threw out one of rarest first pitches in baseball

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Call her an actor-singer-pitcher.

Once again proving there’s not much she can’t do, Jennifer Hudson added a perfect first pitch ahead of the Kansas City Royals game on Tuesday to a résumé that already includes an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.

Hudson lobbed up what the Major League Baseball Twitter account called “the best eephus pitch” they’ve seen this season ahead of the Royals’ home game against the Chicago White Sox.

There’s only one way to celebrate when you nail a first pitch like Jennifer Hudson did before Tuesday’s Kansas City Royals game. Ed Zurga / Getty Images

An eephus pitch is a super slow, high-arcing pitch that is meant to throw off a batter’s timing and is rarely seen in a big-league game. Hudson lollipopped her pitch right over the plate as the Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, called it a strike while posing as the umpire.

Hudson, 40, celebrated by pointing to the crowd and doing a little shimmy on the mound. She also did it in style in a Royals jersey and denim jumpsuit.

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Hudson can now add “perfect first pitch” to her EGOT.Ed Zurga / Getty Images

Celebrities throwing out the first pitch need to bring their A-game these days, as Hudson’s strike follows a memorable first pitch by Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee before a Minnesota Twins game last week.

The star gymnast flipped head over heels before throwing her pitch, putting her up in the first pitch pantheon with Team USA teammate Simone Biles, who did a twisting backflip in 2019 before a first pitch at a Houston Astros game.

Tom Hanks also had a first pitch to remember in April when he reunited with Wilson from “Cast Away” before a Cleveland Guardians game.



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Olivia Newton-John’s Husband John Easterling Remembers Her as ‘Most Courageous Woman’ in Heartfelt Tribute

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Olivia Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, is sharing a heartfelt tribute to his late wife, just two days after her passing. She was 73 years old.

Easterling took to Newton-John’s Instagram account, where he posted a photo of the pair along with a touching message addressed to the singer-actress.

“Olivia, Our love for each other transcends our understanding. Every day we expressed our gratitude for this love that could be so deep, so real, so natural. We never had to ‘work’ on it. We were in awe of this great mystery and accepted the experience of our love as past, present and forever,” Easterling began.

Easterling, who married Newton-John back in 2008, called the Grease star “the most courageous woman” he’s ever known, adding that she genuinely cared for all the world’s people, nature and its creatures.

“At Olivia’s deepest essence she was a healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch. She was the most courageous woman I’ve ever known. Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is humanely possible,” he added. “It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long. In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humor, and the will power to move things into the light.”

Though still in the midst of her painful loss, Easterling said that his heart is “healed” by the joy of her love.

“Even now as her soul soars, the pain and holes in my heart are healed with the joy of her love and the light that shines forward,” Easterling wrote before concluding the message by thanking Newton-John’s fans, friends and colleagues for their love and support. “Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has come our way. Onward Ho, John Easterling.”

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Easterling broke the news of his wife’s passing Monday morning in an announcement shared to Instagram, writing alongside a photo of the actress, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the statement continued. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation.”

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Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, also shared a tribute to her late mother. In addition to several shots of her and her mom, Lattanzi posted a special behind-the-scenes video from their iconic 2021 duet. Lattanzi took to Instagram Tuesday to share a clip of the pair singing “Window in the Wall,” a song that brought the late actress out of retirement and back in the studio.

The video sees the mother-daughter duo recording the track, sharing special moments in the studio and collaborating on the moving melody.

“You are my lighthouse mama. My safe place. My heart space. It has been my honor and continues to be my honor to be your baby and best friend,” Lattanzi wrote alongside the video. “You are an angel on earth and everyone touched by you has been blessed. I love you forever my life giver, my teacher, my mama.”

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Newton-John’s long-term battle with cancer began in 1992 when she went public with her first diagnosis of breast cancer. She went on to fund the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and had been a fierce advocate for cancer treatment and research. A state funeral in Newton-John’s home country of Australia is set to take place to celebrate Newton-John’s “music and film and all the other amazing contributions that she made” to the world.

For more on the actress’ life and legacy, and the outpouring of love for Newton-John in the wake of her death, see the video below.

 



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Chicken Salt Beer Exists And I Can’t Decide If It’s An Act Of Patriotism Or High Treason

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But you tell me, Aussies — would you be willing to try chicken salt beer?

  1. Absolutely, sounds like a taste sensation!

  2. Hell no, this is a crime against the nation.

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