By Mandi Bierly
January 07, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

PopWatch wanted to pretend that we never read about Jessica Simpson’s plans to release a country album in 2008, but news is so slow today that we’re actually gonna discuss it.

Simpson recently told that, “I am a country girl. I grew up in Texas, and country music was what I listened to. I always wanted to make a country album, but I wanted to wait until the time was right.” A couple thoughts:

1) Is the time “right” because her pop career has flatlined and her movie career will likely follow suit?

2) Country music fans typically don’t take kindly to someone using their airwaves as a last resort. They need to believe you mean it. Speaking for myself: I accept Kid Rock because Hank Williams Jr. does. Jon Bon Jovi earned cred by dueting with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, and teaming for one of CMT’s best Crossroads concerts. Kelly Clarkson is BFFs with her duet partner, Reba McEntire, and can sing the hell out of any Reba tune, and Reba knows it.

Jessica Simpson flubbing idol Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” at the taping of the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors just does not sound promising. And yes, Simpson is pals with Willie Nelson, but I saw Dukes of Hazzard, and it sucked so that connection is null and void.

Who— besides deejays wanting the opportunity to ogle Simpson in person—is eager to hear this album? And how can we stop it from happening?

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