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Color Cruz popular

He’s known for coloring outside the lines in the staid U.S. Senate. Now children large and small can color in Sen. Ted Cruz.

Just in time for the holidays, St. Louis publisher Really Big Coloring Books Inc. is offering a coloring and activity book featuring the Texas tea party darling.

Company founder Wayne Bell said Thursday the book is already in its third printing after just six days. The first run of around 10,000 sold out in barely 24 hours, and the second went nearly as fast.

“At this point, I would almost call it a phenomenon,” Bell said. “It’s beyond us. We’re just trying to catch up with the printing.”

“U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to the Future” is intended for “all ages.” Cruz did not cooperate in its production.

The cover features the beaming senator pointing at a flourishing tea plant whose stalks are stenciled with “Ten Commandments” and “U.S. Constitution.” It has leaves that include “Gun Rights,” ‘’Free Enterprise” and “Lower Taxes.”

Shelton thinking Grammy

Blake Shelton likes his odds of bringing a Grammy home from this year’s awards program.

Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” are both nominated for best country solo performance, doubling his chances of nabbing a golden gramophone for his home.

“I hope one of us wins that thing because I want one in my house for sure,” Shelton said in an interview.

“The thing about an actual Grammy is if you set it up high enough on the shelf people can’t read that plaque, and if somebody comes in the house and they’re like, ‘You got a Grammy.’ It’s like, ‘Yeah. Oh yeah I got one.’ And they don’t actually read that it’s to Miranda.”

Shelton has yet to win a Grammy; Lambert, his wife, won her first in 2011. Both of their tracks are also nominated for best country song.

Shelton made the comments Tuesday while promoting “The Voice,” where his three-time winning streak came to an end when his final teammate, Cole Vosbury, was eliminated.

The country star is looking ahead to the Grammys, where’s he’s also up for best country album for his eighth album, “Based on a True Story ...” His competition will be Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and newcomer Kacey Musgraves in that category.

Barker turns 90 on ‘Price’

Bob Barker’s 90th birthday present is urging one more contestant to “come on down” from the audience on “The Price Is Right.”

The veteran game-show host, at the helm of “The Price Is Right” from 1972 to 2007, was invited back by current host Drew Carey on Thursday to celebrate the milestone birthday.

He moved a little more slowly, and his microphone was a little thicker, but Barker fell right back into the groove. The audience gave him a standing ovation, and he joined with Carey in encouraging viewers to spay or neuter their pets – Barker’s longtime cause.

As for the standing reception, Barker said, “You folks appreciate the fact that it has taken me a long time to become 90.”