'American Idol' runner-up Kree Harrison to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on June 4
Kree shared the news with reporters on Friday (May 17), saying "Today's my birthday, and that's the best birthday present I've ever gotten in my life!"
It turns out that "Idol" judge Keith Urban invited her to be part of the show -- in which he will also perform -- on a night that should be very familiar to many television audiences. In addition to Urban and Harrison, the Opry bill for June 4 lists another "Idol" alum, Kellie Pickler. Other acts planned include Rascal Flatts, Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio, and Lennon and Maisy Stella (the two sisters who play Rayna James' daughters on "Nashville.")
For her part, Kree couldn't be happier about her upcoming performance. "One of my lifelong goals is to play the Opry and to stand where all of my peers and all those country music legends have stood," she said. Kellie Pickler performing on the same night is only a bonus. "I talk to her all the time, but I haven't heard from her," Kree said of the current "Dancing with the Stars" competitor. "I'm so freakin' proud of her. I hope she wins 'Dancing with the Stars'!"