Potential Duet Partners for Kelsea Ballerini

She Co-Hosts the 200th CMT Hot 20 Countdown This Weekend

Kelsea Ballerini has spent the last two years of her life writing music for a sophomore album and if there’s room for any guests, rising soul singer Andra Day would love to be part of it. The two first met at the White House last year during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and have been fans of one another ever since.

Day appears on Jennifer Nettles’ new holiday album To Celebrate Christmas and backstage at the CMA Country Christmas taping, she mentioned that Ballerini is among her dream country duet partners.

“I just love her,” Day said of Ballerini. “She’s such a sweetheart. She’s an awesome person, and I’m just drawn to people’s spirits like that. Also, Ms. Loretta Lynn. If she would have me, then that would be fantastic.”

The feeling is mutual for Ballerini.

“I love her so much,” she said of Day. “We’ve gotten to do a couple of events together and every time, she has such a classic sound to her voice. I grew up listening to Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. She has that same kind of classic quality. I’m such a fan of hers.”

Sounds like Ballerini is also crazy about Brett Eldredge’s new single, “Wanna Be That Song.” Before doing any kind of glam, she started her Wednesday (Nov. 16) by posting her own acoustic version of the song.

Eldredge gave Ballerini’s version a big thumbs up.

Ballerini will co-host the 200th episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, airing Saturday (Nov. 19) at 9 a.m. ET/PT and again on Sunday (Nov. 20) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

sometimes you cohost @cmt Hot 20 with @cmtcody in a onesie and teach the amazing studio audience the dance to Yeah Boy…

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Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.