The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Knocked on a Family’s Door in Joplin, Missouri earlier today!

Earlier today, October 19, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri to celebrate its 200th episode in historic fashion. The show surprised an unprecedented seven families with the door knock that changes lives, as the “EM:HE” design team and many others take on the series’ biggest-ever build: 7 homes in 7 days. The episode will air later this season on ABC.

On May 22, 2011, a catastrophic tornado ravaged the town of Joplin, killing approximately 160 people and destroying nearly 8,000 homes. Some of the Joplin families lost friends, some lost children, and all lost their homes. On hand at the door knock today was “Good Morning America” Weather Anchor Sam Champion, broadcasting live from the door knock with the Howard Family. “GMA” will keep viewers apprised of the progress on the build this week and next, and, in a first for “EM:HE,” will air one family’s reaction to their new home’s “reveal” live on air next WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET). Details about the other six families will be announced later.

About the Howard Family:
Kyle Howard, the father and a Joplin fireman, was at work at the fire station during the storm and spent the first two hours after the tornado not knowing if his wife and four kids had made it through alive. He made many stops along the way home through the rubble, rescuing trapped victims and tending to injured members of the community. Meanwhile Jill and their children, Konnor, Korbin and Kaleb, huddled in a closet. A door landed on top of them, which they used to deflect the debris. This ultimately saved their lives. After the storm, they had no idea if Kyle was alive, but eventually the whole family, along with eldest son Keenan, who’d been out of town, were reunited. Jill sustained minor injuries, and their home was completely destroyed — but they’re grateful it wasn’t any worse than that.

The parents and children from all seven of the Joplin families — 27 people total — will be whisked away on a dream vacation while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney and Tracy Hutson, along with Sam Clifton from Millstone Custom Homes — who is lead builder for 21 builders — and approximately 10,000 volunteers and community members build the structures.

The build location is 2402 Connor Ave. Joplin, Missouri 64804.

45th Annual CMA Awards to feature Natasha Bedingfield performing with Rascal Flatts, and Kenny Chesney performing with Grace Potter!

The lineup for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” continues to grow with today’s announcement that Natasha Bedingfield and Grace Potter will make their debuts on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” Bedingfield will team with Rascal Flatts to perform their current single, “Easy,” while Potter will join fellow nominee and four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney on their hit song, “You and Tequila.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (7:00-10:00 p.m., on WDAY/WDAZ) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, plus Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song, “Remind Me.”

Bedingfield is best known in the U.S. for her smash hit “Unwritten,” the title cut of her debut album which sold more than 2.3 million copies worldwide. Born in New Zealand and raised in the U.K., the international superstar has had a string of successful songs, including “These Words,” “Single,” “Love Like This” and more. Her current album is “Strip Me.”

Chesney is nominated for three CMA Awards this year, including Male Vocalist, and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year (both for “You and Tequila” with Potter). The song is featured on his most recent album, “Hemingway’s Whiskey.” Chesney has won seven CMA Awards thus far, including four Entertainer of the Year Awards, which ties him with Garth Brooks for the most wins in this category. He has also received one Musical Event of the Year Award (in 2007 for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw), one Album of the Year Award (in 2004 for “When the Sun Goes Down”), and an additional trophy for co-producing the 2004 Album of the Year.

Potter received her first two CMA nominations this year, Musical Event and Music Video of the Year, both for her performance with Chesney on “You and Tequila.” She is the front woman for the group Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who were named one of the “Best New Bands of 2010″ by Rolling Stone. Their most recent album is “Grace Potter & the Nocturnals,” featuring the hit single, “Paris (Ooh La La).”

Rascal Flatts is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in 2011. The newest members of the Grand Ole Opry have received seven CMA Awards thus far, including the Horizon Award (2002) and six consecutive Vocal Group of the Year Awards (2003-2008). “Easy,” their duet with Bedingfield, is found on their current album, “Nothing Like This.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Tickets for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000. “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

For more information on the “CMA Awards,” visit http://abc.go.com/shows/cma-awards.

Bid on Makeovers to benefit Rachael Ray’s Charity “Yum-O”!

Have any Rachael Ray  viewers ever wanted  the chance to get a complete head-to-toe makeover in NYC by Rach’s fashion & style buddies – Kyan Douglas & Gretta Monahan?
 
Ever dreamed of baking with the “Cake Boss” himself, Buddy Valastro?
 
Want HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse to come to your house and makeover your favorite room?
 
Well, NOW is your opportunity! Now, you can bid in an online auction to win one of these exciting experiences from Rachael Ray!
 
Just go to www.charityfolks.com/rachaelray for more information on these charity auctions.
 
But HURRY, the bidding closes this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th at 11:59pm EDT.
 
The money raised from these charity auctions will be going to Rachael’s Yum-O! organization. For more information on Yum-O!, please visit www.yum-o.org.