Hayden Panettiere Defends Her Nashville 'Witch,' Plus Scoop on That Sexy, Showstopping Duet

With its series premiere, ABC’s Nashville (airing Wednesdays at 10/9c) introduced you not only to country music superstar Rayna James (played by Connie Britton), but you also met other singers at different points on the spectrum.

For one, there’s Juliette Barnes, the nubile crossover sensation whose popularity is threatening to dim Rayna’s spotlight. READ MORE

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Nashville Team on Connie's 'Journey' as a Singer, Hayden's Hussy and Reba/Swift Comparisons

ABC president Paul Lee says it’s “gutsy” for Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere to do their own singing as the leads of the new drama Nashville — a sentiment shared by at least one of the actresses.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, Britton and Panettiere …READ MORE