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2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Will Definitely Feature Musical Talent

The Super Bowl can have the Black Eyed Peas. We’ll take Jackie Evancho, Steven Page, Hinder, and The Clarks.

Um, who?

All four acts will perform at the greatest hockey game of the year (TM Katie Baker), the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1st.

Evancho, the Pittsburgh-born America’s Got Talent star will sing the “Star Spangled Banner” while Page handles “Oh Canada.” Hinder and The Clarks will play during the pre-game celebration and the first intermission, respectively.

“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is as much a celebration of the host city as it is a celebration of the roots of the game,” Brian Jennings, NHL executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “This year’s performers have strong ties to hockey and to the city of Pittsburgh, which will add an extra level of excitement for fans at Heinz Field at home.”

The full release after the jump.

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Live From Inside the President’s Office

bbcintv_8-12.JPGWhile the Olympic conflict puts both countries on the podium, the war between Russia and Georgia continues.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who made the media rounds on Friday as his country was heading towards war, appeared last night on BBC World News America.

Saakashvili was live from inside his office, where correspondent Nik Gowing conducted the interview at 3:00am local time.

As the war raged on outside, Saakashvili used a map of the country to point out exactly where the battle was taking place.

The Ticker (international edition): China, England, Georgia…

> In a not-so-surprising turn of events, FishbowlNY found you could watch some of the Olympics Opening Ceremony from an Italian channel. Thanks YouTube!

> This guy from the U.K. thinks TV in the U.S. is, “utter rubbish.” Ah yes. The British media is so much more sophisticated.

> The full Bloomberg interview with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili from earlier this morning will re-air on, “Money and Politics with Peter Cook,” tonight at 9pmET. Georgia ambassador Vasiil Sikharulidze will be a guest.

As Olympics Begin, CNN Gets Exclusive on Other Big International Story

ammorning_8-8.JPGAs their respective athletes get set to compete in the Olympics, Russia and Georgia appear on the brink of war.

This morning, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili took to the media to make his case. Saakashvili appeared on CNN American Morning just after 8:35amET, and was interviewed by Kiran Chetry in his first U.S. interview. He had previously been interviewed by BBC News and Bloomberg in the U.K.

He also had just appeared on CNN International. American Morning EP Janelle Rodriguez tells TVNewser it was after this interview the “hustle” began between New York, Atlanta (the international satellite desk) and Moscow. It took a, “tag team, multi-city” effort to get the President back in position to go live on CNN in the U.S.

“Kiran was prepping on the fly. She did an incredible job, and made lots of news,” Rodriguez said. “He got mic’ed up and we got right to him. It was a five minute turnaround at tops.

“The international desk really deserves a lot of credit,” she said.

The interview has been replayed multiple times on CNN today, and has been quoted in various print reports.

“This is when you know you’re in the big leagues and you’re performing as the best amongst the best,” said Rodriguez. “This is our strength.”

The Bloomberg interview, which took place around 6:45amET, was first aired in the U.S. at 11amET on Open Exchange. It will replay again later tonight (more on that later).