- He is the last guest of the night, performing the final 15 minute segment. The previous Tuesday night shows have seen him slotted before the intermission. If you are going to ask someone to join, it seems to reason it would happen in the last segment, so that you send the audience home on a high point and no act has to follow.
- Chris badly wants to join the Opry and has guested on the show over 100 times. And we know that he has actually asked to become an Opry member.
- There has been no new Opry member for 2 years, the last being Little Big Town, in October 2014. The Opry is down to 61 members, the lowest number in decades.
- Finally, and some have mentioned this and I did check: each year when a fan signs up for the Opry Birthday Package, there is a printed card that is sent as part of the package, with signatures of all the Opry members. On this year's card, in addition to the Opry members, there is one additional signature, that of Chris Janson. Interesting to say the least. Why would they include Chris unless the plan was for him to be a member by the birthday weekend. This Tuesday night is the final Opry show before the 91st birthday bash, so if it was going to happen, it would be on Tuesday night.
Just some interesting thoughts on this
As to the entire line-up:
7:00: Riders In The Sky; Smithfield
7:30: Elle King; Dierks Bentley
8:15: The Whites; Michael Ray
8:45: Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots; Chris Janson
My last thought on the line-up is that if you are bringing in a non-country act such as Elle King, who will be performing with Dierks Bentley their hit duet, you would think those would be the two to close out the show.
Anyways, I will be listening with the rest to hear what happens. You never know.