Jerry Lewis will always be the face of the annual "MDA Show of Strength," a yearly telethon hosted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association in order to raise funds, but since the comedian retired from hosting the event in 2010, someone has had to step up and fill the entertainment gap. The country music industry has stepped up to the plate in the past and it looks like 2013 will continue the trend. Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack are among the entertainers scheduled to appear on Sunday for the event's 46th incarnation.
It will be Bryan's second year in a row working the event, as he appeared with country stars Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw during 2012. Rucker made his first appearances during 2011, along with Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride.
Other, non-country acts slated to perform include the Backstreet Boys, Austin Mahone, Enrique Iglesias, Paula Abdul and Kenny Loggins.
"The MDA telethon is an American tradition, powered by celebrities, national sponsors and, most of all, generous individuals who watch and donate," said Steven Derks, CEO of the MDA. "This year we'll tell a powerful story of the progress we're making and breaking developments underway in the fight against muscle disease. We want America to get a glimpse of the hope we have that new lifesaving treatments are on the horizon as told through the eyes of courageous people fighting various neuromuscular diseases. We think this year's show will be our best ever."
Bryan deserves to feel good about himself for taking part in the cause, but he can also sleep well knowing that his album "Crash My Party" has held the top spot on the Billboard 200 for two weeks.