OFFSTAGE: Jake Owen Welcomes Girls From CMT’s Cheer to NYC

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Jake Owen has five new very loyal fans this week — Jenna, Lexi, Emily, Baby May and Miranda. They’re the Central Jersey Allstars from the CMT series, Cheer . Produced by Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos, the show’s first-season finale premieres Friday (Oct. 12) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The finale centers around the teenagers competing at the World Cheerleading Championship, but a marathon of back-to-back episodes begins airing Saturday at 2 p.m. ET/PT. But there’s always a little time for country music, right? So off they went to the opening night of Owen’s CMT on Tour at the Best Buy Theater in New York City on Wednesday (Oct. 10). Prior to the concert, Owen got a little choked up when he talked about how it felt to see his name on the theater’s marquee. “I was the opening opening act for Sugarland. Five years later, we sold this sucker out!”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.