Monday, January 08, 2007
"Nashville Star" Returns Thursday
If "Grease" didn't do it for you, try "Nashville Star." This country spin on "American Idol" features performers and songwriters from every age range, most of them with extensive performing experience. All of them must perform original songs on the show, and that's often the difference between winning and losing. In short, they have to have a lot more talent and savvy then the kids on "Idol" who just warble. I've watched every season and enjoyed the talent tremendously -- in the country world, "Nashville Star" has almost as a good a track record as "Idol." While it's entertaining, I've disagreed with almost every change in the show's format from season one. They dropped the auditions phase where you get to know the contestants and just start with the finalists. They dumped first host Nancy O'Dell, who I liked. They're airing it right at the same time as "Idol" when it should be a summer or fall series. And they've moved this perfect family programming to 10 p.m. But what do I know? The show has increased in its ratings every season. Watch it Thursday at 10 p.m. on USA with new host Jewel.