Hayden Panettiere & Toby Keith Share Whiskey in Tennessee

12/05/2012 AT 6:00 AM ET

Hayden Panettiere is the host with the most.

The Nashville actress – who is co-hosting CMT’s Artists of the Year – had a blast taping the awards show in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday night.

When Panettiere crossed paths with a red Solo cup-wielding Toby Keith on the red carpet, she had to find out what the country singer was drinking!

“What’s in the cup?” she asked him.

“Whiskey,” he said, offering Panettiere the cup, who then replied, “I’ve got Fireball in the trailer!”

Panettiere took big sip and declared, “Yeaaah!”

“It’s real good,” Keith answered.

At the after-party, held at The Factory, Panettiere mingled with guests including her co-hosts Rascal Flatts, while bite-sized seared scallops with bacon jam, grilled manchego cheese bites, shrimp and grit lollipops and more were served.

CMT’s Artists of the Year show airs Saturday Dec. 8 on CMT at 10 p.m. EST.


– Eileen Finan

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