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Miranda Lambert Hits Back At Eric Church Over His 'American Idol Gone Mad' Remark

May 1st, 2012 8:40am EDT
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert has taken aim at her former tour mate Eric Church after he openly criticized reality TV shows for churning out so many country singers and compared the genre to "American Idol gone mad."

Church slammed the industry during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, claiming too many amateurs were being handed record deals simply from appearing on TV talent competitions like Idol and The Voice, on which Lambert's husband Blake Shelton is a mentor.

He said, "It's become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f**king turn around in a red chai...

5 Questions With 'The Voice' Mentor Jewel

March 19th, 2012 11:00am EDT
The Voice
As The Voice continues its third week of battle rounds tonight, Team Christina's hopeful artists will be taking more pointers from Jewel. The Grammy-nominated singer recently stopped by to chat about her experience on the show.

It's not Jewel's first brush with reality TV: in 2007, she was a guest judge on American Idol as well as the host of Nashville Star. The next year, she became one of the judges on Nashville Star. And last year, she was both judge and co-host of Bravo's songwriting competition Platinum Hit.

Here's what Jewel had to say about joining Christina Aguilera's team for thi...

John Rich A Dad To Baby Son Cash

January 12th, 2010 8:49am EST
John Rich
Country star John Rich is a new dad - his wife Joan gave birth to the couple's first child on Sunday.

The Big & Rich star's son, Cash, was born in Nashville, Tennessee. The Riches wed in Tennessee in 2008.

In November, a judge dismissed assault and harassment charges against Rich. The charges stemmed from an alleged March altercation with Jared Ashley, a former competitor on reality TV show Nashville Star.

The contestant sued Rich over claims he punched him in the face. Rich then countersued, seeking compensation for defamation.

See more photos of Big & Rich here!

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Miley Cyrus Defends Her Relationship

October 24th, 2008 8:47am EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has blasted critics of her relationship with model/singer Justin Gaston - insisting he has helped her get through so many difficult times.

The 15-year-old has been linked to 20-year-old Gaston - a former contestant on reality TV show Nashville Star - for several weeks, sending gossips into a spin over their relationship status. After calling in to Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM show on Thursday morning, Cyrus played coy, telling the host they "maybe" or "maybe not" be dating.

However, she says she's tired of critics talking about their five-year age gap, adding: "Everyone ...

Billy Ray Gives Miley's 'Boyfriend' The Thumbs Up

October 7th, 2008 2:43pm EDT
protective father
Miley Cyrus' 'guy pal' Justin Gaston has been given the seal of approval by her protective father Billy Ray.

The 15-year-old has been linked to 20-year-old Gaston - a former contestant on reality TV show Nashville Star - for several weeks, and he joined her dad onstage to perform at Miley's Disneyland party on Sunday. All parties have denied Gaston is romancing the underage star - but he has won over Billy Ray.

He tells Access Hollywood, "He actually reminds me a lot of myself when I was 20-years-old and I was living and searching for the dream. He's got a great heart and soul, ...

Miley Cyrus Laughs Off Romance With Model/Singer

September 16th, 2008 12:04pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Teen sensation Miley Cyrus has played down reports of a new romance with model and aspiring country singer Justin Gaston, insisting he's just "a friend."

The 15-year-old star has previously dated Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, and was recently linked to her Hannah Montana co-star Cody Linley. But Cyrus sent gossips into a spin at the weekend when she stepped out with Gaston - with the 20-year-old joining her family to attend church services in Pasadena, California on Sunday.

Gaston also attended Disney's Concert for Hope later that night, where he watched Cyrus perform along...

Texan Melissa Lawson Is Crowned Newest 'Nashville Star'

August 5th, 2008 8:40am EDT
Nashville Star
On Monday, August 4, Melissa Lawson was crowned the latest "Nashville Star" - wrapping up NBC's dramatic first season of the popular talent search. The 32-year-old Lawson, an Arlington, Texas native and mother of five boys, took the prize over fellow Texan classic country singing Gabe Garcia and Iowa's country rock and blues-belter Shawn Mayer in a live broadcast.

The show culminated with Lawson performing her debut single "What if it All Goes Right" (produced by John Rich), which will be released to country radio tomorrow (August 5). Additionally, Lawson won a record contract with Wa...

VH1 Classics To Release Bret Michaels' 'Rock My World' June 3

June 1st, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor. He has survived a life long battle as an insulin dependent diabetic, a well publicized near fatal car crash in 1994 and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades.

"As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I'll quit," confessed the 44 year old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor in a recent interview. But there's little chance he'll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon. In fact, after more than 20 years in the business this award winning, multi platinum superstar's career continu...

Summer TV Preview: ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox

May 28th, 2008 9:43am EDT
Memorial Day has come and gone, and with its passing the summer of 2008 has (unofficially) begun. It wasn't so many years ago that the summer quarter was little more than an exercise in futility for the networks. They figured that no one would want to stay indoors on beautiful summer evenings to watch original programming, so they instead filled the schedule with repeats of shows that weren't interesting the first time around. Occasionally, viewers were treated to the burn-off episodes of a failed (and swiftly canceled) offering from the prior season. Yippee.

That all changed a few...

'Nashville Star' Makes Its Network Debut June 9 On NBC

May 25th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Nashville Star
The sixth season of Nashville Star will premiere on NBC Monday, June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. ET) followed by 90-minute live episodes each week.

This year, the longest running cable reality competition series moves into the spotlight on NBC. With a bigger stage to play, the expectations become higher and the competition tougher as each contestant will turn to the celebrity panel that will not only judge them during the live shows, but will also provide a unique mentoring aspect to the series.

Host Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") will join country music star, singer-songwriter and ac...

Jewel To Mentor & Judge The Search For The Next 'Nashville Star'

April 10th, 2008 11:58am EDT
Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter and three time Grammy nominee Jewel has signed on to find the next "Nashville Star" when the series premieres on NBC on Monday, June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. ET). Jewel joins previously announced judge/mentor John Rich -- the producer of her latest album, "Perfectly Clear" and one half of the country duo Big & Rich.

"As a young artist, I really benefited from having great mentors like Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard. They took me under their wings and encouraged me to stand up for things that, as an artist, are important. They constantly reminded me that an artist's...

Billy Ray Cyrus Is The New Host Of NBC's 'Nashville Star'

February 28th, 2008 9:02am EST
Billy Ray Cyrus
While appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night (Wednesday, February 27) country music singer and "Hannah Montana" star Billy Ray Cyrus announced that he will be the new host of the hit music-competition series "Nashville Star" that is scheduled to premiere on NBC this summer.

"This year it is all about the dream, about the music, about persistence and never giving up faith. Putting the music first," said Cyrus from the famed couch, "You know I've been to the fair and I've seen the bear and I am really excited."

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NBC Announces Casting-Search Cities For Sixth Season Of 'Nashville Star'

February 9th, 2008 9:00am EST
Miranda Lambert
The hit country music talent search "Nashville Star" is gearing up for an exciting sixth season this summer -- now on NBC -- and the producers are crisscrossing the nation looking for the next music superstar. As with last year's show on USA Network, the winner of this season's search will receive a recording contract with a major label.

The multi-city casting tour will kick off its regional search in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee on February 9, and is scheduled to hit Charlotte, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Tallahassee, Florida; Denver, New Orleans and Portland, Oregon, all in th...

Miranda Lambert Returns To 'Nashville Star' Along With Little Big Town, The Wreckers

January 12th, 2007 2:23pm EST
Miranda Lambert
Nashville Star, the nation's top-rated country music series, has announced a lineup of Grammy-nominated guest star performers, including first season's Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and The Wreckers. “Nashville Star” debuted last night with a supercharged 75-minute episode that saw two contestants eliminated in the tough competition.

"Once again, ‘Nashville Star’ continues to exceed all expectations," said Wachtel. "With an amazing roster of performers including Miranda's first return to 'Nashville Star' since the show's premiere, we're in for a very exciting season."

On Thur...

Buddy Jewell Breaks Wrist, Cancels Tour

November 30th, 2006 1:21pm EST
Buddy Jewell
Country singer Buddy Jewell has canceled his upcoming American tour after breaking his wrist in a fall. The Nashville Star reality TV winner fell from a ladder while hanging Christmas lights at his Tennessee home on November 19.

He had an operation last week to insert a metal plate and three screws to help his left wrist heal correctly. Jewell's 20-date Great American Country Christmas Tour was due to run from today until December 21.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Randy Owen & Blake Shelton To Judge Season 5 of 'Nashville Star'

November 2nd, 2006 10:37am EST
Blake Shelton
Over 20,000 singers auditioned nationwide over the past few months and thousands more submitted via tape for USA's hit talent search Nashville Star. As the selection narrows to find the final 10 that will be part of the show's fifth season premiere on Thursday, January 11 (10 pm/9 Central), Grammy Award winner Randy Owen and country star Blake Shelton have joined seasons three and four judge Anastasia Brown in the show's panel of judges.

"We've created the perfect panel of judges for season five," says Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president, original programming, USA Network. "Anastas...

Jewel Judges Episode of 'American Idol'

October 30th, 2006 9:52am EST
Alaskan pop star Jewel will be taking new TV talent seriously in the new year after signing on to host show Nashville Star and to judge an episode of American Idol.

The singer sat in as a guest judge in the Minneapolis auditions for the upcoming season of American Idol, and she'll take over from Wynonna Judd as the host of "Nashville Star."

Jewel has also added director to her impressive resume after taking charge of the camera for her new video Stephenville, TX.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Jewel To Co-Host New Season of 'Nashville Star'

September 27th, 2006 11:48am EDT
Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star and the nation's top-rated country music program, will return on its new night, Thursday, January 11, at 10 p.m. ET with Grammy-nominated host Jewel.

Joining Jewel for the record-breaking fifth season will be season four co-host Cowboy Troy. Jewel succeeds five-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Wynonna Judd, who co-hosted season four with Cowboy Troy, as host for season five.

"I grew up on a ranch in Alaska, and my favorite memories are of sitting around a camp fire w...

Season 5 'Nashville Star' Auditions Start This Month

August 9th, 2006 11:04am EDT
Former winner Erika Jo
Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star and the nation's top-rated country music program, will return for its fifth season with auditions being held August 31-October 12 nationwide.

For its fifth season premiere in January 2007, “Nashville Star” will become the longest-running competition series on cable television. Its national casting tour will begin in Atlanta on August 31 and continue to twelve other cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, Dallas and of course, Nashville.

Casting tour...

Patti LaBelle To Guest Star on 'Nashville Star'

April 19th, 2006 3:30pm EDT
Patti LaBelle
Soul star Patti LaBelle will switch genres when she appears as a guest judge on TV show Nashville Star next week. The 61-year-old will give contestants hoping to find fame as a country singer useful hints and tips about forging a successful career as a recording artist.

"Nashville Star" producer Jeff Boggs tells MTV, "Her advice for our contestants will be invaluable - so much of country music's heritage comes from rhythm and blues."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Gretchen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy To Appear on 'Nashville Star'

February 13th, 2006 1:21pm EST
Gretchen Wilson
Nashville Star has landed Grammy award-winning Gretchen Wilson and Billboard's 2005 Comedy Artist of the Year Larry the Cable Guy to appear in the second episode of the hit talent search series. In the second week, themed "Redneck Revolution" after Gretchen Wilson's upcoming 2006 tour by the same name, the reigning CMA Best Female Vocalist will light up the stage with an opening performance of her highly-anticipated next single.

The contestants will perform various songs with similar redneck themes, and Larry the Cable Guy will contribute some "Blue Collar Comedy" from the judges tabl...

Big & Rich To Play On Nashville Star Season Premier

January 17th, 2006 7:02am EST
Big & Rich
Nashville Star, the nation's top-rated country music series, has partnered with Nashville's notorious MuzikMafia to bring the hottest new talent to season four including an electrifying opening performance from Big & Rich in episode one.

"Big & Rich is one of the hottest acts in country music right now, and we are thrilled to have them join the already exciting line-up of season four," explained Libby Hansen, USA's vice president, alternative series and specials. "By building off the ratings success of last year and by joining forces with both the RCA Label Group and now the MuzikMafi...

Wynonna Judd, Cowboy Troy Join 'Nashville Star'

December 6th, 2005 10:52am EST
Wynonna Judd
Five-time Grammy Award winning superstar Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy will host the fourth season of USA Network's Nashville Star. The country music series and original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star will debut its next season on Tuesday, March 14, 2006.

"We're thrilled to have an artist of Wynonna's stature, talent and pure-star quality, join this season's Nashville Star. She's a legitimate icon in both the country world and our popular culture," said Jeff Wachtel, USA's Executive Vice President of Original Programming. "By pairing Wynonna wit...

All-Star Performers Lined Up For CMA Awards

October 25th, 2005 11:44pm EDT
Bon Jovi
The star-packed line up for the 2005 CMA Awards continues to grow with performances added by Bon Jovi with Sugarland front woman Jennifer Nettles; Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, who will also present the Song of the Year Award; nominees Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; and by Horizon Award nominees Miranda Lambert and Julie Roberts.

Other performers already announced include:

Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, CMA hosts Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urb...

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