Talent Show - January 9
Its January and you know what that means...the return
of a very successful music based talent show where
contestants from around the country audition, then
perform in front of judges and then the viewing audience
gets to vote on who advances and who goes home.
What? You thought this was going to be another American
Idol column? Nope. This is about Nashville Star. The
fifth season is about to start on the USA Network and
this is the first year I am going to cover it for Game
Show News Net.
This is going to be very interesting for me. My father,
who usually cant stand AI or most of what is on
television, loves Nashville Star. His girlfriend
performs at nursing homes as Patsy Cline and has one of
the biggest collections of her memorabilia outside of
Nashville. She even won a Patsy Cline look alike
contest. So, during the first four seasons they would be
on the phone, and basically doing what most AI fans
docomplain, praise, yell, etc.--except it was for this
countrified version of it. I also am a fan of country
music. We all respect the songwriting and performing
talents of the competitors.
Personally, I dont like the comparison to AI as being
the countrified red-headed stepchild of that show. It
happens to have better performers overall, a lot of them
play their own instruments, and I like the fact that we
dont know who is voted out until the last one and ALL
of them perform before hand. The judges are more
judicious in their criticism, and what they say makes
more sense than We have a hot one, dawg! or You move
me. (No offense, Randy or Paula.)
So for the 5th season, I am going to watching the tapes
along with him, criticizing the bad singers and praising
the good. And we will be watching this as a family.
Which is pretty cool by me.
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