Nashville Star “surprised” industry; judge says Idol has “pageant singers.”

Nashville Star “surprised” industry; judge says Idol has “pageant singers.”
Ryan Seacrest’s jealous little jab at Nashville Star on Tuesday’s episode of American Idol 2 apparently carried little weight with country music industry professionals. According to USA TODAY, “The show has changed an initially leery industry into a group of enthusiastic supporters.” One of those, Sony A&R executive and show judge Tracy Gershon, says he’s “pleasantly surprised” with the show’s quality. Another judge, Robert Oermann, slaps back at Ryan Seacrest and American Idol, saying that show’s contestants are “pageant singers” and “glorified karaoke people,” unlike the “writer/artists with individual visions” that perform on Nashville Star.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.