Photo: CR: Getty Images. Julianne Hough and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson are going to be at Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour January 25, 2020 at State Farm Arena.
Photo: CR: Getty Images. Julianne Hough and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson are going to be at Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour January 25, 2020 at State Farm Arena.

Briefs: Julianne Hough, the Rock joining Oprah in Atlanta, ‘Fox & Friends’ coming to Marietta Diner, 11Alive’s Wes Blankenship leaves

Originally posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Oprah Winfrey has added two major guests to her Vision 2020 tour at State Farm Arena January 25, 2020: popular actress and singer Julianne Hough and lovable A-list actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Hough, a former “Dancing With the Stars” pro dancer and judge, has starred in numerous films as well including the “Footloose” reboot shot in Atlanta in 2010 and “Bad Grandpa,” also shot in Atlanta three years ago. She has made several stops in Atlanta for dance tours and is a professional Emmy-winning choreographer.

The Rock, who recently purchased a $9.5 million horse farm with a 14,000-square-foot-plus mansion in Powder Springs, has shot several films in Atlanta recently including “Jungle Cruise” and the upcoming  “Jumanji” film. Coming to Oprah’s gig would be super convenient for him. 

It’s an all-day wellness event at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta starting at 9 a.m.

Oprah will do a sit-down one-on-one interview with a major star in each of eight different cities. The Rock will be the man in Atlanta and in fact, he will be the only male celebrity she will talk to on the entire tour. (She will be bonding with Lady Gaga in Ft. Lauderdale, Amy Schumer in Charlotte, Tina Fey in St. Paul, Minn., Michelle Obama in Brooklyn, Tracee Ellis Ross in Dallas, Kate Hudson in San Francisco, Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles and her BFF Gayle King in Denver.)

At State Farm, Hough will kick off the afternoon session with a movement experience using her KINRGY method, part of her new body-positivity project. 

Oprah will leads several workbook exercises in the morning, guiding attendees to develop their 2020 action plan. 

There will be an array of other inspirational speakers throughout the day. 

Oprah will close out the day with her own speech to empower audiences to a stronger 2020. 

Ticket prices on Ticketmaster currently range from $119 to $299-plus

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Photo: Todd Piro, Fox News correspondent on the right.

“Fox and Friends” will have Fox News reporter Todd Piro at Marietta Diner in Marietta Thursday morning to talk to diners about the Wednesday night Democratic debate. So stop by between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. if you want to get some camera time. 

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11Alive’s Wes Blankenship has left the station as sports reporter. He noted his departure without detail on his Instagram and Facebook page after Halloween. 

He said in a video that he isn’t sure what his next move will be. 

The Lawrenceville native and University of Georgia graduate worked there for three years. He previously reported at WMAZ-TV in Macon before he joined 11Alive (WXIA-TV). 

He is married and he and his wife Brittany have a baby on the way. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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