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Do the members of Rascal Flatts wish they could rewind their controversial performance at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night?

The band took to social media Monday to defend themselves after fans complained that the group — and, in particular, lead singer Gary LeVox — appeared to lip-sync the new song “Rewind” during the Las Vegas awards show, People reports.

“After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We’ve never done it before, and we’re obviously not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!” the band said in a message posted on both their Twitter feed and Facebook page.

By Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook post had earned 16,000 likes.

It’s a busy spring for the popular country group, who is set to release its new album, “Rewind,” May 13 and are on tour to promote it.

On the heels of its explosive fourth season premiere, HBO has renewed the epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones” for two more years. The network promised more “dazzling storytelling” in those fifth and sixth seasons, The Associated Press reports.

Based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is set on the exotic, often war-torn continent of Westeros. Cast regulars include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance and Natalie Dormer.

Sunday’s season debut was seen by 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s most-watched program since the finale of “The Sopranos” in 2007. Its audience was 50 percent larger than for last season’s premiere.

The upcoming Broadway musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs will star Saul Williams, the poet and singer best known for the film “Slam,” the AP reports.

Producers said this week the rest of the cast of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and John Earl Jelks.

The musical is not a biography of Shakur but uses his songs to explore the story of two friends who live in a low-income neighborhood in the Midwest. It will feature “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up” and “Me Against the World.”

The musical has a story by Todd Kreidler, who is a Duquesne University graduate and was a dramaturge for August Wilson’s “Radio Golf,” and is directed by Kenny Leon. It begins performances May 29 and will open June 19 at the Palace Theatre.

Quinton Aaron, best known as football star “Big Mike” Oher in “The Blind Side,” is tackling his weight problems after being booted from a flight for being too big, People reports.

The 6-foot- 8, 550-pound actor was recently kicked off a US Airways flight bound for Rochester, N.Y., for taking up an extra economy seat. And the experience, the actor, 29, says, served as a huge wake-up call. He’s now vowing to lose the weight.

With no seats in first class — his typical mode of airline transportation — the actor took up two in economy on his connecting flight from Philadelphia.

“As I saw the seats, I’m literally hoping that no one had to sit next to me because I knew it wasn’t going to work if they did,” Aaron told ABC News.

Aaron took the dismissal in stride. “I just grabbed my bag and just got off as quick as possible because it was embarrassing,” he said. Aaron was eventually rebooked on another flight.

And like his “Blind Side” character, Aaron (who founded an anti-bullying foundation in 2012) is looking forward to hitting the goal line.

“I live in California. I want to go to the beach in the summertime with a tank top on and have girls chasing me down the beach one day,” he said.

Designer Tom Ford is a married man!

Ford announced he tied the knot with his partner of 27 years, journalist Richard Buckley, during an interview held at the Regent Street Apple store in London, People reports.

“Richard, yes, 27 years, and we’re now married, which is nice,” he told interviewer Kinvara Balfour in a video posted by Vogue U.K.

“I know that it was just made legal in the U.K., which is great,” Ford, 52, said. “We were married in The States.”

“I lost so many friends in college — I would say more than half of my closest friends,” Ford said, according to Vogue. “Richard had also gone through something also quite tough in his life.”

The couple met at a fashion show in the ’80s, reports the magazine, and have a 1-year-old son together, Alexander John Buckley Ford.

Ford and Buckley had an instant connection, according to an interview with Women’s Wear Daily from May 2012.

“I went to a fashion show and this silver-haired guy was staring at me with these piercing water-blue eyes,” Ford said. “It scared me because I absolutely saw and knew my entire future. At the end of the show, I just bolted.”

“About 10 days later … someone asked if [Buckley] was seeing anyone. He said, ‘No, there was this guy I had seen at a fashion show,’ and at that moment, the elevator door opened and there I was. Richard jumps in the elevator and he’s practically tap dancing,” he continued.

“We had three dates. We were living together four weeks later. He gave me the keys to his apartment, and we have lived together ever since.”

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe is reportedly in intensive care due to an infection contracted after shoulder surgery — and he may never compete in the pool again, People reports.

Thorpe, 31, is being treated in Sydney and could lose use of his left arm, according to the Guardian. Thorpe’s agent James Erskine, however, told the Australian Associated Press that the Olympian is not in intensive care, saying his client is fighting a “serious” but “not life-threatening” illness.

Regardless, Thorpe “will not be swimming competitively again,” he said.

A five-time gold medalist, Thorpe is nicknamed “Thorpedo” for his speedy freestyle. He last participated in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, failing to make the team for London in 2012.

Thorpe has struggled in recent years, battling physical and mental illnesses. In February, police found Thorpe wandering around in a disoriented state, and he entered rehab for depression.

His manager said Thorpe had been on a mix of antidepressants and painkillers due to a hurt shoulder, the Daily Telegraph reported at the time.


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