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Celebrities hit the Kentucky Derby red carpet for fashion and fun

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Ne-Yo talks with WDRB's Gilbert Corsey about southern hospitality in Louisville at the 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015. Ne-Yo talks with WDRB's Gilbert Corsey about southern hospitality in Louisville at the 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Stars of television, film, music and sports showed up and turned up for Kentucky Derby 141.

"It's a great place for people to get together, have a great time, bet on some horse, and hopefully win some money," Joey Fatone said.

Meanwhile, it was singer Emily West's first Derby and she described it as "unreal".

"We walked off the plane and there were southern belles with their hats on handing us bourbon balls I was like 'I'm in the right city'," Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris said of his arrival.

"Southern Hospitality is a real thing," added singer Ne-Yo. "Everyone out here has been so nice, so hospitable. It's a great thing."

While the celebrities gushed over Louisville's hospitality, they also walked the red carpet to talk about new projects and we scored some insight on an upcoming film project at Churchill Downs.

"I'm going to be in a movie about the Kentucky Derby," country singer JD Shelburne said. "We're shooting in the fall. We're going to debut it next year. It's called Prince of Jockeys. It's going to be my first acting debut."

Meanwhile, Joey Fatone discussed his upcoming project, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Sports legends posed for cameras along with legends in the making.

"Your life changes within a span of three or four years and it's an amazing feeling," former Cardinal Teddy Bridgewater said.

Former Kentucky basketball star Nerlens Noel returned from the NBA again, bringing his friend Kelly, a young leukemia patient he met at a children's hospital.

"I like it a lot," she said of her experience.

When asked for the best pep talk a coach could give before the Derby, coach Avery Johnson delivered his.

"Give it your all, don't look back and get to the wire first."

There's two big decisions on Derby Weekend: who to bet on and what to wear.

"This is a fascinator from china that I got on ebay and it was the wrong color so I sprayed it with some shoe die," actress Paget Brewster explained of here ensemble.

While Jane Beshear went for something a little different, wearing a 'hatinator', while Mary Wilson of the Supremes just went for the biggest hat she could find.

"I would give them all A's. I've seen a few C's and I have definitely seen some things I'm not going to say yes too," Say Yes to the Dress's Monte Durham said.

When it's all said and done the red carpet comes up there were some stars who were big winner, others not so much. But they'll be back at this time next year at Churchill downs.

Find more photos from Derby day and beyond here

All our Derby coverage for 2015

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