Nashville Star 4 contestants revealed

USA Network has announced the contestants who will compete during Nashville Star 4. Although the show has been known for drawing older contestants, the five men and five women who will compete this time are mostly in their 20s. To be exact, seven are in their 20s, while another is 31 and another is 33. The final contestant’s age isn’t given, but Jared Ashley’s photograph and bio suggests he’s no older than 33, and is probably not even 25.

Besides their ages, they have varying degrees of experience; Casey Rivers is 23 and “claims he briefly dated [former contestant] Miranda in high school,” and “has already shared the stage with country music greats Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson.” And 20-year-old Chris Young “has a fan club of hundreds who follow him religiously across the country.” On the other end of the spectrum, Monique LeCompte “works three jobs to make a living and still finds time to pursue her dream of being a country music superstar.”

They also have varying degrees of life experience; Jared Ashley “served two tours in the Persian Gulf” in the Navy, while Shy Jackson was “shot in the face in an attempted car jacking in 2002″ but is now “bent on changing the boundaries of country music.”

The fourth season debuts March 14.

Nashville Star 4: Cast Bios [USA Network]
USA Network Introduces Ten Incredibly Talented New Characters to Its NASHVILLE STAR Lineup [USA Network press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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