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Is Shania Twain on the comeback trail?


With new albums on the horizon from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey snaring much of the mainstream press, there's one leading lady of pop music who could easily steal their thunder. Shania Twain will guest judge on "American Idol," it was confirmed Monday, in what was the latest quiver of action from what's been a rather quiet Twain camp of late.

A Twain return couldn't be better timed. The artist is one of the most responsible for broadening Nashville's pop appeal. It's Twain's songs such as "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" that fostered a country landscape that's open to everything from Miley Cyrus's "The Climb" to Taylor Swift's "Picture to Burn." Right now, with young country darlings such as Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler dominating the scene, the window is open for Twain to storm right in.

Will it happen next week? Twain's website is holding a countdown to her birthday Aug. 28, promising fans "a present." For now, you can stop by and leave your own wishes, and even submit a picture of yourself. Hopefully she's too busy in the studio to review each and every offering.

But there may not be reason to get too excited. 

While Pop & Hiss hasn't received any indication from Twain's label reps that new music is on the way (we didn't exactly expect any, either), Twain's MySpace page may have spoiled the surprise. The site revealed that Twain's all-new fan club will launch Aug. 28. If that's it, then Twain is guilty of abusing the pop-culture countdown.

Yet one doesn't go on "American Idol" without something to promote -- the show in itself is a four-month-long promotional cycle. And back in June, Twain posted a note apologizing to fans for a lack of new music, writing, "I wish like crazy that I had new music by now since I dream of how fun it would be to see you all again out on tour with new songs to sing, but as most of you know, I have been side-tracked slightly over this past year."

Twain noted in dealing with her divorce from producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange she has returned to writing. But at the time, there wasn't any indication that anything was eminent. "Time has a way of making everything right, and it is my hope that good music will eventually come out of it."

Here's hoping it's before "American Idol" dumps some more kids upon Nashville (no offense, Bucky).

-- Todd Martens

Screenshot: www.shaniatwain.com

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It is so nice to see Shania out and about again.. I have been a huge fan for over 10 years. I have her tattooed on my back. I saw her in concert the first time January 4th 1999 at MGM Grand, on the Las Vegas strip, and was lucky enough to shake her hand. I was 8 years old. I saw her again when she came back, on December 20th, 2003, for her Up! tour. I can;t wait to see her again..

Good Luck Shania!


I am glad to hear she's coming back. She has the greatest music. I would like to wish her a very Happy Bithday.

I am truly sorry for all the things that went on last year, but she has proved nothing keeps her down. She deserved some down time to adjust. I think she also deserved some time with her son.

I would love to meet her. I just know she is as nice as she seem and I don't think she has let all the attension go to her head. She seem truly greatful for all she has accomplished in her life. I can't wait for her new music.

May God Bless and Keep You,

Jennifer Franklin
Midland, TX

I am a huge fan of Shania Twain. I miss her so much and cannot wait for her to come out with a new cd. I have been listening to all of her cd's and I love them all over again. I know it may be a little while. But I know that when it happens it will be wonderful.

This may be a blessing in disguise for her. She may not see that yet but I believe that it's nothing but. I think we should be very supportive of her. She was completely blindsided by the divorce and she needs to find her own way again.

But I have no doubt that she will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later. She still has the talent to draw the biggest fan base ever. She needs to know that she is incredibly loved. We as fans need to express that love always.

Amber Galey


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