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Nashville Star Series 3, Episode 1

Your host: LeAnn Rimes
Your judges: Phil Vassar, Anastasia Brown, and, inexplicably, Poison's Bret Michaels
Backstage correspondent: Cletus T. Judd

LeAnn opens the show with an uptempo song, presumably from her new album. Great legs, but it's hard to think of her as sexy when I remember buying her debut album which she released at 13 years old.

The format of the show-they've already narrowed down from the thousands in regional editons to ten finalists. At the end of the show, you have three hours to vote for one of them. The singer with the least votes is eliminated the following Tuesday.

First of the ten is Casey Simpson, a cute blonde girl with a nice smile, singing Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You". She has no real range with her voice-in fact, it's a bit nasal.

Jody Evans, a Buddy Holly look-a-like, does "Three Nickels and a Dime" in pure rockabilly style. Fun enough, but I think his style could be wearisome as time goes on.

My favourite of the bunch is third: an Australian-American named Tamika Tyler. She sang "You Don't Even Know Who I Am". Great voice, better legs.

Josh Owen can't sing at all, but he can sure play guitar. I couldn't make out what song he did. Completely tone deaf.

Christy McDonald-all personality, a madwoman let loose on stage. She did a "revival" style of "Long Black Train". I didn't like her at all. Too mouthy.

Jason Meadows was the ONLY guy to wear a hat. He should win on that alone. Fantastic hip-shaking while doing "Working Man Blues". He's got a real extroverted personality.

Erika Jo was the youngest up on stage, all of 18 years old. I thought she sounded like a kid as well. Great song selection with "Break Down Here".

The drama of the show came during Jenny Farrell's performance of "Seven Year Ache". She appeared to be really nervous, and then in the middle of the song, ran offstage. LeAnn explained that Jenny had been suffering with food poisoning. I'm not sure if that cost her the chance to move on, or if the sympathy vote will come ringing in.

Jayron Weaver is a big man, and he did a passable version of "I'm Already There". Decent voice, if a bad song. Not really any charisma there.

Finally there's Justin David, who did what I thought wasn't possible-make "Ring of Fire" sound insipid. I think "pussy version" were my exact words last night. He tried playing it bluegrass-ish, with a mandolin. I didn't think it worked at all.

Overall, I was disappointed with the talent they had up there. These were the ten best? And the judges, particularly Bret Michaels, were just so cloying in their comments: "You've got the it factor", "You're great", "Great voice", etc etc. Sickening.

Given the talent in the first two versions of this contest, I was expecting a lot. If it continues like this, I don't know if I'll make it through the whole series.

My vote went to Jason Meadows this week.
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I guess I'm the only other Wiener watching this show.

Put me down as also hating the last guy. Johnny Cash is one of my music gods, and man did I want to throw things at that guy.

The judges were probably too nice, it's true, but it was at least a change of pace from the snarky crap you get on American Idol, where they say cruel things just to say cruel things sometimes. I think it's also a bit of a reflection of country culture, which is generally more encouraging and less negative. Not that there isn't a bitch factor on occasion...

My wife loved Tamika Tyler, but has some concern she might be too old to get the final nod. I really didn't like Jayron Weaver, either, just because I'm not terribly fond of the "sensitive big man" thing. My personal favorite was Jason Meadows.



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I still don't understand why they picked Leann Rimes as hostess. I mean, she's about as country as Shania Twain...and I personally dispise any country/pop crossover acts.

On that note, I really like the show..I didn't pay too much attention to the previous years, but I think that Tamika (sp?) has what it takes.



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I imagine she was picked partially to attract a crossover audience who at least knows her name. Eh, she's pretty and she actually has a good pure country voice when she isn't overproduced into the ground. I like her better than Shania Twain and Faith Hill musically anyway (although I can look at Faith all damn day and not get tired of it).



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Episode two was a lot better in terms of performances, I felt.

Montgomery Gentry kicked off the show with "Gone". MG are a great band live. The only thing I find interesting is that when Troy takes lead vocals, Eddie has nothing to do but spin the mic stand around. I do believe he's the Andrew Ridgely in the twosome.

Josh Owen (the guitar player) lost out, which was a good choice. I was hoping either him or Christy (big hair and attitude) would go. Props to Christy for a ballsy choice this week in attempting "Where Would You Be". Too bad she couldn't hit the notes, though.

Jenny, who ran off sick last week, got the sympathy vote, and I'm glad she did. The girl has a voice!

The annoying mandolin guy played a more appropriate song for his style, "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow." Buddy Hol...er, Jody Evans, continued along his one-dimensional persona, as did Jayron Weaver. Try rocking out, dude!

Again, I think Tamika Tyler and Jason Meadows stood out from the rest, and maybe Jenny joined them.

The judges suck. At the height of that suckitude is Bret Michaels, whose idea of constructive criticism is, "I want you to bring it." This is when he wasn't saying "You are hot." Thanks, Jerry Lawler.

I'm a sucker for a cute smile. I voted for Jenny Farrell this week.

LeAnn Rimes: Not good, not bad, just eh. She doesn't bring anything extra to the host duties. I don't see why they didn't stick with that hot tall girl whose name escapes me now.
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Biggest laugh for me was the intro. But I'm probably throwing off the timing. Also did a double-take at the Turbo-Tax commercial.
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