After months of going on hiatus, the country music-themed competitive reality series is returning back on the air, but not on its longtime home. Nashville Star
has just been added to USA Network's broadcast sibling, NBC, in its “All-American Summer” lineup, which will lead up to its coverage of the Olympics in August.
Similar to American Idol
, Nashville Star
features performers that sing to impress both celebrity judges and the public. Unlike American Idol
, however, the performances are limited to country music.
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The series premiered on March 8, 2003 and has aired for five seasons on USA, helping launch the careers of Miranda Lambert, Buddy Jewell and last season's winner, Angela Hacker, who beat out her brother Zac to win the crown. Last season's finale drew about 3 million viewers, a new record for the show.
Unlike its previous seasons, the new season of Nashville Star will continue its run without the presence of its singer Jewel and Cowboy Troy, who hosted last season, as well as judges Anastasia Brown, Blake Shelton and Randy Owen.
An extensive casting search for the upcoming season's participants will kick off in early February and for the first time in the series' run, Nashville Star will welcome not just solo artists but also duets and singing groups who are determined to compete. The competition will also be open to singers 16-years of age and older.
The two-hour season premiere will feature a casting special where producers take viewers behind the scenes and introduce them to the best and worst talent vying to be the next Nashville Star.
Nashville Star is created by Reveille and produced by 495 Productions and Picture Vision. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens (American Gladiators), Mark Koops (The Biggest Loser) and Sallyann Salsano (A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila) serve as executive producers.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of USA Network)