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Rascal Flatts & Hayden Panettiere Co-Host CMT "Artists of the Year" Special Saturday Night

Image courtesy of CMT (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of CMT (via ABC News Radio)

Rascal Flatts co-hosts the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year special Saturday night at 10 ET with Nashville star Hayden Panettiere , and fans can expect some fun moments between the guys and Hayden onstage.

Flatts member Jay DeMarcus tells ABC News Radio, "We shot some spots with her here not too long ago and just had a ball with her.  So, the chemistry, I think from a hosting standpoint is going to be really, really good with the four of us on stage together."

Jay's band mate Gary LeVox adds with a laugh, "And we love her band Pantera ."

This year, the CMT Artists of the Year winners are being kept secret until Saturday night's broadcast, which is a welcome change for Jay.

He says, "I'm excited too because I think that given the format this year where it's going to be a surprise, It's going to be neat for us too to be able to find out."  (Audio Is Exclusive)

Kenny Chesney , Eric Church , Carrie Underwood , Jason Aldean , Toby Keith , Lady Antebellum , Luke Bryan , Eli Young Band , Chris Young , Thompson Square and Hunter Hayes are among the stars appearing on the CMT Artists of the Year special Saturday.  There are even some non-country stars appearing too including Ludacris , Ryan Tedder of One Republic , Metallica 's James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar .

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