CMT Hot 20 Countdown Gets Inside Eric Church’s Head

Also, Stars Gear Up for the College Football Championship

Rumors are circulating that Eric Church has bumped up the shock value of his already-notorious concerts, ripping a page from the playbook of pioneers like the Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper to employ a gigantic — and provocative — inflatable stage prop.

So why’s he describing his fans’ concert experience like this?

“It becomes almost like church,” he says. “No pun intended.”

Find out on this week’s episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown as the show gets an insider’s look at Church’s motivation on The Outsiders World Tour.

Also on the show, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more are in Dallas for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship and taking fans behind the scenes of their hard-hitting performances.

Then on Celebrity Chain Mail, country stars like Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town quiz each other on some of the strangest topics you can imagine.

What could make Sara Evans say, “OK. That’s just ridiculous”?

Tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET/PT to see.