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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Watching his “American Idol” daughter from prison made the time pass faster, Clyde “Bo” Pickler says.

Kellie Pickler was released from the Fox network show last week when the finalists were narrowed to five. Her father was released from prison this week after serving three years for stabbing a man in Florida.

Watching Kellie on television made time move more quickly, Pickler told TV newsmagazine “Inside Edition” for an interview that was to air Wednesday.

“I can’t take credit for what Kellie’s done,” said Pickler, who has been staying in a Tampa, Fla.-area hotel room since his release. “She’s accomplished a lot in her 19 years of life.”

Pickler kept in contact with Kellie through letters during his prison term and he says he’s looking forward to an in-person reunion.

“It’ll be great to see her,” he said. “I’m going to try to patch up a few burnt bridges and get some things back in order.”

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Jeff Timmons of ‘90s boy band 98 Degrees has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and driving without a valid license, Brevard County sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities pulled over Timmons’ white Mercedes on April 23 when they spotted him driving 60 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to a report.

Timmons, 33, said he was from out of town and didn’t have his driver’s license, the report said. Authorities said Timmons’ eyes were “very glassy” and he told police he had “a lot” to drink. Later, he told deputies he only had two beers.

Timmons’ attorney, Donald W. Wruck III, released a statement Wednesday: “We believe the incident is a result of a misunderstanding and that Jeff will ultimately be cleared of all charges.”

The two passengers in the car “were very intoxicated,” according to the police report. One passenger identified himself as Mitch English, host of the syndicated TV show “The Daily Buzz.” English told police Timmons was driving his car for him because he had too much to drink, the report said.

English didn’t return phone calls seeking comment Wednesday.

Timmons was arrested and held on a $500 bond, which he posted the same day, said Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Andrew Walters.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chris Young of Murfreesboro, Tenn., beat out two other finalists to win the fourth edition of the “Nashville Star” talent search series.

The 20-year-old singer was chosen by viewers Tuesday night. Vote totals weren’t immediately announced.

Young won a recording contract with the RCA Label Group, plus other prizes, including an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

“The whole time, I’ve just been trying to get to this moment,” he said moments after the show ended. “You can’t beat fan-voted competition.”

Other finalists were Casey Rivers, 23, of Lindale, Texas, and Nicole Jamrose, 34, of Schererville, Ind.

The finalists were chosen from 10 contestants culled from tens of thousands of hopefuls during a nationwide talent search.

Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy hosted the show’s fourth season. Phil Vassar was one of the judges.

The USA network series, which combines elements of reality TV with a talent competition, has launched the recording careers of Buddy Jewell and Miranda Lambert.

Young, who will do a concert tour this summer, also won a Chevy truck. “I’ve got to get that truck to the lake,” he said.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico has filed for divorce from her husband of nine years, Motley Crue bass player Nikki Sixx.

D’Errico cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, according to court documents filed Friday in Superior Court.

She is seeking physical custody and joint legal custody of the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Frankie-Jean, and her 13-year-old son, Rhyan, from a previous relationship. D’Errico also is seeking spousal support.

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